Protest the Hero
Search for the Truth


3.0
good

Review

by Kyle USER (17 Reviews)
March 29th, 2009 | 43 replies | 12,337 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid release from a very successful metal band, but wait... why is this labeled as punk rock?

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

Protest the Hero – Search for the Truth

Evolution, a word that could be labeled or implemented to many things, such as people, entertainment, or the world in general. Music seems to enter stages of experimentation constantly, with new and old bands alike attempting to revolutionize the industry with their interpretations of specific genres. Some artists even combine elements of multiple genres to create a whole new one, the prime example being Black Sabbath, the technical inventors of metal. Now there are dozens of subgenres included into the main genre of metal, and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to create something completely original and revolutionary. One could look at Protest the Hero’s progression from their first EP, “Search for the Truth,” to their newest album “Fortress” for a prime example of musical evolution.

Protest the Hero has obviously changed and altered their sound quite a bit since the early years, basically changing from metal-influenced punk music (similar to “Chuck” by Sum 41), to just straight-up metal with technically advanced instrumentation. The evolution and changes this band has gone through are just unbelievable, and they haven’t just changed their genre, they’ve found themselves as musicians. They have improved greatly while simultaneously creating their own brand, or sound. Does this mean that they were terrible in the beginning? Not necessarily.

“Search for the Truth” is an enigma to me, it’s blatantly obvious that they were a punk band, yet their influences of metal are even being displayed on this EP. Upon listening to the intro to “Is Anybody There?” the listener will hear some thrash influenced punk riffing. The quality of the music is also weaker than their newer releases, creating this slightly raw feeling to the music, which also adds to the metal feel of the album. But the undeniably catchy choruses of the songs give it a punk feel, and also define this as a punk EP. The perfect example of these catchy punk lyrics are displayed within the first track’s chorus:

“Whoa oh oh!
Don't turn your back,
Your a victim of consequence.
Whoa oh oh.
Fight back!
Start a revolution.
Whoa oh oh!
Just close your eyes,
And think of no one but yourself,
Consider someone else.”

The sad fact is that the lyrics can also be the downside of the EP, as they really aren’t that good. Rody doesn’t really deliver the lyrics well either, almost sounding like a crappy Deryck Whibley rip-off in some instances. It’s actually quite pleasing to see that Rody has changed the way he has in more recent efforts, because the vocals on this album borderline terrible at times. If you’re looking for good vocals, do yourself a favor and go pick up “Kezia” or “Fortress.”

This is a solid release from a band destined to receive lots of attention in the future, but it’s a very rough and immature release at that. You’ll find yourself flat out laughing at Rody’s lyrics sometimes, and at the same time you’ll be headbanging repeatedly to the two songs’ addicting metal-influenced riffs. After listening to this EP, I feel it would be interesting to see what Protest would be doing right now if they were still a punk band, because they would undoubtedly be a standout punk band. Overall it’s a fun experience listening to such a successful band’s old material, even if it has a few hiccups here and there.

Song Ratings:

Is Anybody There? – 3.5/5
Silent Genocide – 3/5



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Si1v3RfaNg
March 29th 2009



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Let me know what you guys think, it was actually really hard to write a full review on a two song EP.

Oh and if you catch any spelling errors that I missed let me know. (Or grammar)

Crimson
March 29th 2009



1935 Comments


posting in a Si1v3RfaNg review

Si1v3RfaNg
March 29th 2009



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol was it a good one?

bastard
March 29th 2009



3435 Comments


mostly, yes.

Si1v3RfaNg
March 29th 2009



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sweet, so what did you find wrong with it man?

Crimson
March 29th 2009



1935 Comments


intro was a bit generic and gay but apart from that it was meh ok, you talk too much about their evolution and shit than the actual music and if people hadn't heard pth they'd have no idea what this sounds like except its punk

Si1v3RfaNg
March 29th 2009



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"with metal inluences"

lol yeah I guess they wouldn't know

Idk I went on about their evolution, because I find it amazing how much they have improved.

fireaboveicebelow
March 29th 2009



6837 Comments


you're not limited in terms of length, if there's more you feel like adding then do it

Si1v3RfaNg
March 29th 2009



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know, I might add something later... but I feel I explained it pretty the sound pretty well, basically metal combined with punk, like Chuck by Sum 41. I also explained the raw feel of it... but idk something is reading right I guess.

MattRTS
March 29th 2009



136 Comments


To me this read more like a 2.5 or maybe even a 2. There's more emphasis on the lyrics, vocals, & evolution than anything else. So while you put it little tidbits hinting it's not a 2 or 2.5 ("Does this mean that they were terrible in the beginning? Not necessarily."), you mentioned how bad the lyrics and vocals are, which made me think this is bad since you didn't mention the good stuff (instrumentation maybe); and how you kept saying their newest stuff is far better made me think you were saying "this is bad, go get their new stuff.". Not bad, just a bit confusing to me (I'm probably being totally hypocritical by saying that though).


Si1v3RfaNg
March 29th 2009



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nah you make perfect sense, I would have said something about the instrumentation, but every time I mention it in my reviews, someone yells at me and says dont dedicate a paragraph to the instruments.

SKUDstorm
March 29th 2009



136 Comments


its because you do a paragraph about each instrument individually...

Phantom
March 29th 2009



8930 Comments


Are the vocals worse than on A Calculated Use Of Sound? 'Cause I can just about stand those but don't think I could take another devolution in quality.

Don't know what Rody did between ACUOS and Kezia but it worked. Maybe just more use of his voice with touring etc.

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Si1v3RfaNg
March 29th 2009



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah but even in the review where a did one paragraph on all the instruments, someone still told me it was a bad idea.

Edit: PhantomLimb, these are actually a little tiny better in some spots, but also worse in others. This Message Edited On 03.29.09

MattRTS
March 29th 2009



136 Comments


I would have said something about the instrumentation, but every time I mention it in my reviews, someone yells at me and says dont dedicate a paragraph to the instruments.

People seem to not mind when I spend a whole paragraph or more on instruments. As long as spend time on the other parts of the album as well.

Si1v3RfaNg
March 29th 2009



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hmmm, well i normally focus on influences, instruments, vocals, concepts, and lyrics in my reviews.

SKUDstorm
March 29th 2009



136 Comments


Don't know what Randy did between ACUOS and Kezia but it worked. Maybe just more use of his voice with touring etc.


lol, his name is Rody

Phantom
March 29th 2009



8930 Comments


Shit yeah it is. I'm flying high.

SKUDstorm
March 29th 2009



136 Comments


I feel ya bro

lauriej
March 29th 2009



1711 Comments


sweet avatar, SKUD



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