Protest the Hero
Fortress (Instrumental)


5.0
classic

Review

by Bitstream USER (21 Reviews)
February 5th, 2009 | 225 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Striking the medium between unlistenable shred and loveable thrash, and doing a damn near perfect job of it.

Protest the Hero is a fairly big name. They strike a line somewhere between technical thrash and mainstream. I'm not calling them generic mainstream, but apart from a few bands like Killswitch Engage, I can't see many technical bands being radio-friendly. There is some criticism to Fortress, some people claiming it to be 'senseless shredding' or 'a singer that is the equivalent to a broken blender'. However, Fortress INSTRUMENTAL takes care of both these problems.

When listening to the regular album, some thoughts may be, "Where the eff did that riff go?" or "4/4? Wait, now it's 3/4. Oh, nevermind, now its pi/infinity". For non-musicians, it's easy to get lost in the sounds. The upside is, musicians from any genre can really appreciate what Protest the Hero does. When you listen to the instrumental album, you get a whole new experience. Listen to Bloodmeat and you'll soon find things like string sections, or orchestral backgrounds. You can go much more in-depth listening to this album, rather than the non-instrumental.

Rody Walker has a love-hate relationship with every fan. Some think his voice is terrible. Some think he's just an asshole. Both can be true. So if you had any grievances with him in the past, problem solved! I personally think going instrumental adds to the effect of this album.

It's very hard to describe a band with a sound like Protest the Hero. At first glance, it's just metal, but underneath it's something entriely else. I'll give a condensed version for just that reason. The music is beautiful. These young lads take every musical skill they have and craft excellent, memorable songs. Guitar is very prominent, Luke and Tim deliver relentless riffs, filled with technicality and somehow, everything fits together. Arif is an amazing bassist. His tapping harmonies (See Bloodmeat) are unbelievable, and he is up to par with everyone else in the band, never being monotonous or falling behind. Moe, the drummer, is quite unique. It's technical, but without the endless double bass and blast beats. He uses poly-rhythms, unique fills, and all other sorts of things to make the drumming fit perfectly. It never comes across as over-the-top or even unoriginal.

The sound itself is hard to describe. Take punk roots, spoon feed them technical metal for 5 years, and make them memorize every classical piece of music in existence. To say the least, it's extreme. And it's without the flaws that vocals can bring. If you're a musician, you will appreciate this. It shows off their talent in an amazing way. When you aren't afraid to release an album instrumental, it means there's obviously something there to keep you from getting bored. Hey, Between the Buried and Me pulled it off, right?

In short, this album crosses the unlistenable shred of technical metal with the energy of thrash. And as ungodly as that sounds, it's actually quite enjoyable.



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Si1v3RfaNg
February 5th 2009


815 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thrash metal? I'm sorry but PTH no where near resembles anything near thrash metal. Besides that your review was ok but you spelling is pretty bad.

Oh and how can you call the vocals bad? He's a beastly vocalist, I'm sorry but Fall Out Bitch isn't good vocals.This Message Edited On 02.05.09

gaslightanthem
February 5th 2009


5209 Comments


THRASH

Bitstream
February 5th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Blah. I'm not too good with genre stabbing. I'm young and inexperienced!

Hawks
February 5th 2009


35824 Comments


Oh and how can you call the vocals bad? He's a beastly vocalist, I'm sorry but Fall Out Bitch isn't good vocals

Nobody can beat your vocals though Silverfang.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

Bitstream
February 5th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I didn't call the vocals bad. I love Rody's singing. No where in there does it say I think he's a bad vocalist. It just is more enjoyable when the musicians (sans vocals) are the centre of attention with this album.

Si1v3RfaNg
February 5th 2009


815 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah but its exactly the same just without the amazing vocals, soooo.... yeah.

gaslightanthem
February 5th 2009


5209 Comments


If you want a good description of this sound, just read the reviews for the non-instrumental version. I sure they're a lot more descriptive

Bitstream
February 5th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Damn. One second.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

silverfang hijack

gaslightanthem
February 5th 2009


5209 Comments


some think he's just an asshole

Lunarfall
February 5th 2009


3179 Comments


tell all your friends

AngelPhoenix
February 5th 2009


2764 Comments


the amazing vocals

Yeah no.

ninjuice
February 5th 2009


6760 Comments


^ how bout yes.
anyways Fortress - Rody = half the awesomeness left.

Essence
February 5th 2009


3585 Comments


did silverfang just try to give review advice?


LOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOOL
wait I'm not done
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOOLLLOLOLOLOLOLO

KILL
February 5th 2009


71750 Comments


whats funny what am i missing

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

obvi you haven't heard silverfang's backwards marathon cover

Epilogue
February 5th 2009


1591 Comments


totally diamond metal

AngelPhoenix
February 5th 2009


2764 Comments


anyways Fortress - Rody = listenable

fixed.

Essence
February 5th 2009


3585 Comments


[quote=Kill]whats funny what am i missing[/quote]
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Bitstream
February 5th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If I wrote a review that long, I'd 'send an assasin' to my own house.



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