Protest the Hero
Sequoia Throne: Remixed


1.5
very poor

Review

by Steven McMahan USER (49 Reviews)
August 18th, 2009 | 34 replies | 17,787 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Did you come here to kill or did you come here to die? Did you come here to kill or did you come here to die? Did you come here to kill or did you come here to die? Did you come here to kill or did you come here to die? Did you come here to kill or did yo

12 of 12 thought this review was well written

Say what you want about metal outfit Protest the Hero, but I think even the people who claim they’re terribly overrated will admit they have either talent, or potential yet to be realized. Everyone minus Rody (excluded for his debated high-pitched voice) obviously knows their instrument backwards and forwards, and thus, if they haven’t realized all that potential all ready then the band is certainly able. More than that, though, the members (or at least Arif) seem to be smart guys. The lyrics on Kezia and Arif’s explanation of Fortress’s concept imply that the guy is pretty smart, and his bandmembers don’t come off as idiots either.

The point I’m trying to build towards here is this: why would 5 seemingly intelligent musicians agree to let their songs be remixed? Given the poor record of remix albums in general, there isn’t much chance of good results. But enough speculating on the intentions or if they had any choice regarding its release - in spring of last year, the master tracks of a standout track of the recently released Fortress were made available to remix, and the “best” were chosen for a three track EP. One has to wonder what some of the other entries were like.

Press play, and after 34 seconds of electronic helicopter-like sounds and rearranged riffs Rody Walker’s (heavily modified) high-pitched scream enters, and repeats the phrase “Did you come here to kill or did you come here to die” eight times. What follows in the next four minutes is a horrible splicing and dicing of the various parts of the song – you’re going to hear each of the key vocals parts and riffs, but like an action movie stripped of it’s non-action scenes, they don’t work together at all. That repetition of vocal parts I mentioned earlier helps ruin the rest of the song, but to a slightly lesser degree. Things don’t necessarily get better from here.

L-Ion’s remix is essentially an electronic song that samples vocalist Walker’s voice spasmodically (and painfully) atop uninspired techno “riffs”. Even when analyzed as a techno song, it’s not very good at all. The lesser of three evils here is Devin Townsend’s take on the song. HevyDevy takes the themes of aliens and space travel within Sequoia Throne and builds his entire remix around it: spacey fade ins and fade outs, voice-overs about alternate consciousness, and long ambient sections are all present. It’s still repetitive beyond saving and takes the “concept” a bit too far via sci-fi sound effects that are more laughable than they are fitting.

It’s hard to write much on something this homogeneous or flat-out bad. Each of the three remixes is painfully repetitive, adds little (if any) to the original, and will have even die-hard fans throwing down their headphones from hearing Rody Walker scream/shout various phrases multiple times. Whatever the real motivations behind its creation and release, I doubt anyone intended for the results to be this bad. With any luck, all but the people involved and some too-devoted fans will forget about it - unless you want those opening lyrics to be temporarily stained on your memory.



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ninjuice
August 18th 2009



6759 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

So a couple things:
– The intro isn’t that good and it’s too long but I wanted something besides “Remixes are a tough thing to do” or “Remix albums have a bad history”
– I know every 4th person is probably gonna say my intro is bad or false in some way. See above.
– I tried not to make it a rant but it was hard cause this really sucks.
- I chose to do this because I wouldn’t have to write as much but inexplicably it still took forever to finish.

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 18th 2009



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review. This sounds horrible and I have no interest in checking it out.

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Waior
August 18th 2009



11425 Comments


I thought the intro was the best part of the review

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 18th 2009



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Me too actually.

ninjuice
August 18th 2009



6759 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You're right Caleb. It makes the rest look kinda pathetic.
I'm going to bed. I expect I'll wake up to something like "2 out of 3 thought this review was well written" and an angry comment by A) an obsessed fanboy or B) someone who hates the band and/or me.

WhiteWallStargazers
August 18th 2009



2647 Comments


Good review...pos'd...because I have the power

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 18th 2009



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I think the fanboys are the ones most likely to agree with you on this one. I'm something of a PTH fanboy myself...and I'm not angry.

elephantREVOLUTION
August 18th 2009



2727 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i kind of liked the first remix but the others were terrible

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
August 18th 2009



7016 Comments


Summary made me lol, definitely staying away from this.

Prophet178
August 18th 2009



6397 Comments


Summery made me lol, definitely getting this.

cvlts
August 18th 2009



8954 Comments


devin townsend remix?

Jim
August 18th 2009



5110 Comments


is this really that bad? is it worth a download for laughs or not even?

Douglas
August 18th 2009



9049 Comments


HELLLLLL BENT.... ON HEAVEN!

Zip
August 18th 2009



5312 Comments


Review is bad/false.
Nah, it's ok. Never heard this badn

Willie
Moderator
August 18th 2009



15875 Comments


Good review. I had a feeling this remix album would suck. You can't take music this complicated and dumb it down to techno/electronica.

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jingledeath
August 18th 2009



7104 Comments


great review, I thought the Townsend remix might be really good but I guess not.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2009



20855 Comments


Man, it's been a long time since you wrote a review Steve. Welcome back. Good idea to work back into it with something short like this.

Intro paragraph reads a little awkwardly, but your point still comes through fine.

LepreCon
August 18th 2009



3562 Comments


So...this EP isn't very good

ninjuice
August 18th 2009



6759 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's awesome to be wrong....
In case I didn't make it clear the review, Townsend's remix sounds almost good compared to the other two, but it's still on the bad side.

and if you're a masochist: http://www.mediafire.com/?d2i21dyftid

Muhammedftw
August 18th 2009



28 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This was HORRIBLE. I like Protest, but I have no idea why they would make this EP.



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