Protest the Hero
Gallop Meets the Earth


2.0
poor

Review

by moonfan USER (1 Reviews)
September 20th, 2009 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


Gallop Meets the Earth is Canadian metal band Protest the Hero’s first live album. While one would think that the band’s frenetic style of progressive metal would translate perfectly to the stage, this CD/DVD release seems to indicate otherwise.

Even before viewing/listening to Gallop Meets the Earth, something is already amiss. Namely, the setlist. It is only eleven songs long, making for only about an hour of content. Also, it only features three songs off of Kezia (the better of their two albums, “Turn Soonest to the Sea” is inexplicably missing). It is worth noting that the hour of content includes banter. I would expect there to be banter on a live album, but it just isn’t good here. Rody tries way too hard to be funny all the time. Rody can be hilarious, but here he just misses the mark.

As for the actual performance, Rody is also the big setback. The guitar, drums, and bass are all incredibly tight. I couldn’t hear any major mistakes on the album. Rody, however, is wildly inconsistent here. At times he impresses greatly, particularly with his screaming. At other times, especially during the “epic” sections, he sounds weak and can’t hit the high notes like on the studio albums. He also screams during some traditionally sung sections on songs. Though his screaming for the most part sounds great, this is incredibly frustrating on “Blindfolds Aside” for example. The “With a heart that’s beating louder than my own, I watch a girl they call Kezia.” section should have been the highlight of the show, but rather than singing these lines he screams them, eliminating much of the emotional power they had on the studio version. The other musicians, though excellent in terms of accuracy, simply have no stage presence. Arif looks like he’s about to fall asleep most of the time. For the most part, everyone basically stands in place and does what they’re supposed to do.

Lastly, the editing of the DVD footage is incredibly annoying. The editor must have major ADD because the camera never focuses on one band member for more than 0.7 seconds. He also is quite fond of using effects, which really don’t add much to anything and are irritating more than anything else. And for some reason, the name of the song is listed is listed in large font at the bottom of the screen as it starts, even though Rody states the title before most of them.

All in all, Gallop Meets the Earth was a disappointment to me. It has inconsistent vocals, a lack of stage presence from the band, an overly short, somewhat poorly selected setlist, and terrible editing. I would only recommend this to major fans; someone trying to get into Protest the Hero would be better off picking up either of their fantastic studio albums. Hopefully, they will make another live album in the future and fix all the things that are wrong with this one.


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elephantREVOLUTION
September 20th 2009


2791 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i listened to this and it didn't sound that great. i still need to see the video though. it really sucks because i have seen pth live and they sounded really good.

Phantom
September 20th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nananana guys and dolls

Waior
September 20th 2009


11461 Comments


Yeah, this isn't looking too good. Nice first review though.

ninjuice
September 20th 2009


6760 Comments


Dang. I've never gotten to see them live but this sounds pretty lame.
Very informative review but it's lacking any "personality".

schwarzekatze7
September 20th 2009


41 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I am a huge PTH fan but have to agree with the reviewer here. Rody's performance is disappointing, especially taking into account the super technical and amazing stuff from the other guys in the band.
Still, I saw PTH live twice and they had a hell of a show! Including Rody.. So the decision to release this album is indeed a little bit odd.

Fugue
September 20th 2009


7354 Comments


not a repeat of Neverender then, well thats a shame; I'll still probably get this though.

Epilogue
September 20th 2009


1601 Comments


Nanna bananna!

Wizard
September 20th 2009


19647 Comments


Good review dude. I don't see how these guys can pull this off live and maintain some sort of clarity.

Very informative review but it's lacking any "personality".

Kind of like this band.

Digging: Horseback and Locrian - New Dominions

marksellsuswallets
September 20th 2009


4848 Comments


Sad news. Both times I've seen them they've gone pretty nuts on stage and never missed a note so I don't know what's up with the whole standing like a statue thing.

ninjuice
September 20th 2009


6760 Comments


wizard just made a funny

shindip
September 20th 2009


3536 Comments


nice pic ninjuice

ninjuice
September 20th 2009


6760 Comments


If only it had the voice to go with it.

KYZAR
September 20th 2009


513 Comments


meh, everything could have been better on this.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 20th 2009


7926 Comments


fyi the editors = tim and rody

Waior
September 20th 2009


11461 Comments


Seriously?

KYZAR
September 20th 2009


513 Comments


wow rody... you get the WTF?! picture

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Tyler
Emeritus
September 20th 2009


7926 Comments


Luke and Tim, sorry.

Tim: “I guess the hardest thing is that Luke and I spent a lot of time on the post-production and editing. We didn’t really have a lot of control from the start, it was all set-up for us, but then we took control and we wanted to have people in the band making calls on how it looks and sitting down with the editor to get it together. It’s really funny when there’s 7 cameras going and there’s not one good shot or the stage is blacked out. It was a good learning experience, and if we do decide to make another DVD, it will probably turn out a lot better. It’s really fast paced.”

http://bringbacktheboombox.com/main/?p=825

Calculate
September 21st 2009


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dont really know what more you could want from a live cd. pretty good for mine.

IndieOut
September 21st 2009


498 Comments


I saw these guys and they were terrible. This coupled with the cheesiness of fortress turned me off these guys

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2009


24110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've seen them twice. They were pretty bad the first time but good the second time (good, not great). I'm hoping this will be good though, I wouldn't have ordered it if it weren't for the t-shirt it comes with.

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