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Yazz_Flute
June 30th 2020


18964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man I hate the guitar mixing on this album, which is a shame because the songwriting here is very strong. All Hands is quickly becoming my favorite song out of their entire discog honestly.

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Project
June 30th 2020


4396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

that chorus is just so good, with the huge jumps in the vocal melody



ALL hands ALL hands ALLLLL hands



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RadioSuicide
June 30th 2020


1381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Coming from someone who has stood by this band for over a decade this shit fucking SUCKS. Gardenias is pretty cool I guess

Shemson
June 30th 2020


1361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To me this sounds like Kezia with less harsh vocals and better production, surprised to hear some old school fans wouldn’t love this

RadioSuicide
June 30th 2020


1381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rody's voice sounds plastic, the guitar mixing is suspect, and the songwriting is truly subpar, with a lot of the better moments being amidst shallow, uninspired, wanky riffs they borrowed from past albums. There is nothing new or exciting here, just a band trying to be accessible to a more mainstream audience while offering little to no substance to longtime fans. A story as old as time. Glad some are enjoying this, I just can't.

bowlermicah
June 30th 2020


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Weird, loved them since Kezia and this is my favorite since Fortress. Different strokes, I guess.

RadioSuicide
June 30th 2020


1381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've jammed Volition probably a hundred times front to back, think that still stands as the best marriage of their old and new sound

Project
June 30th 2020


4396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"There is nothing new or exciting here, just a band trying to be accessible to a more mainstream audience while offering little to no substance to longtime fans"



I honestly don't know how this is more accessible than any other PtH album except that the choruses are extremely good

bowlermicah
June 30th 2020


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think in some AMA or interview Rody mentioned Luke telling him the songs were more straightforward, and Rody was excited to write vocal parts over a little less chaotic music, and then got the songs and was like, "what the heck, this isn't what I was expecting at all."

Shemson
June 30th 2020


1361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol I just had the end of little snakes on when I read that about ‘more straightforward’ just as that tempo shift kicks in and all hell broke loose

WalrusTusk
June 30th 2020


156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"There is nothing new or exciting here, just a band trying to be accessible to a more mainstream audience while offering little to no substance to longtime fans."



Little to no substance tells me you didn't get the concept there champ.

bowlermicah
June 30th 2020


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I also want to know the flipside to that though, like, what was Luke's reaction the first time he hears the Rivet chorus and realizes Rody is singing, "Let's make American great again".

bowlermicah
June 30th 2020


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ah here it is.



https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/protest-the-hero-palimpest-interview



“Honestly, though, we initially had a discussion about simplifying [the music], but when they sent me the stuff it was like, ‘Holy heck, this is not simple!’ I think Luke is incapable of writing simple just because it bores him. That’s an awesome trait, but I went into this thinking I was going to be singing over something quite different. It has occurred to me that if I want to sing over simpler stuff, I’m going to have to write it myself!”

Project
June 30th 2020


4396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the songwriting here is pretty straightforward in a structural sense, even if within that structure there's a decent bit of technical shenanigans

peartnoy
June 30th 2020


1459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All Hands still the best track on here.

Poet
July 1st 2020


6082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All Hands has leapt into song of the year position right now.



I haven't listened to Volition or Pacific Myth, but this is easily the best I've ever heard the band.

WalrusTusk
July 1st 2020


156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Skip Pacific Myth honestly. Volition is super dope.

gravityswitch
July 1st 2020


260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I find this album more accessible than the previous ones thanks to the choruses and the interludes, and also by fact that Rody is not always going over the top every second of every song. Those calm moments like before the climax of From the Sky are dope.

Shemson
July 1st 2020


1361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I agree with that and I think it’s more that they’re better songwriters than they’re actively trying to be more accessible. The end of From The Sky is a great example, the build up to Rody belting it out at the end is so good!

bowlermicah
July 1st 2020


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the harmonies in the intro of Rivet is a good example of restraint as well.



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