Protest The Hero
Fortress


4.5
superb

Review

by MetallicmanD1 USER (4 Reviews)
December 19th, 2011 | 31 replies | 3,025 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Protest The Hero's second effort is marvellous, frantically fast paced and full of guitar noodling, double bass hammering, bass sweeping and vocal range defying awesomeness.

From the moment you press play on Fortress the leap of sound hits you. It's heavier, it's faster and more technically jaw dropping than their first effort Kezia. Where Rody Walker (Vocalist) kept to melodically singing on Kezia, he now does that but adds screams, growls and shows a powerful maturity to his voice which improves his range as a whole. The irreplacable guitar team of Luke Hoskin and Tim Mullar sweep, tap, hammer on, pull off, pinch, riff, chug and change time signature all in a matter of twenty seconds sometimes. Moe Carlson (Drums) still has space to breathe between the rhythm changes and adds interesting fills and utilises his skills on his double bass pedals. Arif Mirabdobaghi (Bass. Only wikipedia can spell his name). Sweeps, taps, slaps with skill that even overshadows the guitarists.

With so much going on all at once one must wonder: How is it memorable or catchy? It's memorable with lyrics about Irish mythology and goddess worship which somehow turn into catchy hooks i.e the first track Bloodmeat. The Guitarists invent literally hundreds of tasty riffs throughout the album.

Fortress does not let you down from it's thundering pace for one second, which is sometimes a let down as the first album had it's slow, sing-a-long breakdowns (Turn Soonest To The Sea). Arif is also let down by the mixing of the album by the fact that simply, he is not loud enough. When he's thundering on bass and putting the guitarists to shame it's unnoticable sometimes, this for me stopped this album being perfect because it's such a huge shame as his playing is possibly the best thing on this album. Download the bass tracks from somewhere and your "Head will Roll" as Rody Walker screams.

Songs like "Sequoia Throne" and "Bone Marrow" really do boast how much this band has progressed. Rody Walker's vocal range mesmerises as he goes from the highest scream to the lowest growl in seconds while the rest of the band sound back him like an epic 21st century metal influenced orchestra that just got a sugar rush. This can be a hit and miss asset as while songs feel like they progress naturally most of the time, there is the odd out of place riff which stops the song still until the next riff which hopefully aids the progression better.

Overall Fortress is a Progressive-Mathcore filled breath of fresh air and the album of 2008. Is it better than Kezia? It cannot be stated as the leap of sound yet very natural for the band still sounds very different. Fan of this band or not try out this album. Although you may not be able to get into the numerous changes that fill each song, you'll walk away in shock that such skillful musicians exist.


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zaruyache
December 19th 2011



4841 Comments


First!

Get rid of the random needless capitalizations and you should be good.

Digging: Paramnesia - Paramnesia

Ire
December 19th 2011



41460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

whoa

metallicaman8

DinoX
December 19th 2011



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Rody Walker's vocal range mesmerises as he goes from the highest scream to the lowest growl in seconds"

His growls aren't even really growls he uses an inproper technique, also they aren't even remotely low for growls neither are his screams really all that high. He sings high yes, but his range isn't really all that great seeing as how his singing is generally monotonous.

FearThyEvil9
December 19th 2011



11363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fan of this band and their first album or not try out this album.

Definitely need to re-word that because it makes no sense.

NeutralThunder12
December 19th 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Dino

wrong

btw guys kezia is better

Ire
December 19th 2011



41460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

think u got some issues man

NeutralThunder12
December 19th 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

asobi seksu

MetallicmanD1
December 19th 2011



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback, I do not believe Rody's singing is monotonous as stated. What else can I call them apart from growls?

NeutralThunder12
December 19th 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

lol rody's singing isn't monotonous at all dinos just a fag

MetallicmanD1
December 19th 2011



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what did you think of the review Thunder?

NeutralThunder12
December 19th 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

definitely not bad for a first but there's lots of room for improvement. You seem to be focused on the skill of the musicians rather than the composition and quality of the songs. Sure, PTH are talented as fuck but ridiculous shredding skills doesnt always equal greatness. Luckily for PTH, they really reallly made it work on their first two albums, I absolutely love both of them. Just read some other reviews around and try to make yours a little more sophisticated. The opinions are there, now just learn to write a little better and be just a tad more eloquent about it. Nobody needs to be an a pretentious MJ but you get my point. Got the rating right though bud

MetallicmanD1
December 19th 2011



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks I'm going to review Scurillous next so I'll take your advice on board

ShadowRemains
December 19th 2011



19441 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

don't take progmaster's advice

....that is the path to the dark side

NeutralThunder12
December 19th 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

no problem metallic

WatchItExplode
December 19th 2011



3072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow this thread

whoa

metallicaman8



yeah that's why I clicked

Kezia is slightly better than Fortress IMO

Shuyin
December 19th 2011



10442 Comments


i prefer Kezia too, this album was ok

Digging: All the Empires of the World - Sunscraper

Cipieron
December 19th 2011



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ indeed

Kezia > Fortress > Scurrilous

NeutralThunder12
December 19th 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah kezia is a 5, this is a 4-4.5, scurrilous is about a 2.5. Kezia is outstanding.

Shuyin
December 19th 2011



10442 Comments


heretics and killers

NeutralThunder12
December 19th 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

the whole album



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