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Album Review

Apart from the fact that the members of Protest the Hero were in their late teens when they wrote it, Kezia (pronounced keh-zai-yah) is an impressive album that greatly exceeds typical expectations. Protest frantically meld metal, punk, hardcore — and a touch of emo — into ten frenetic songs that often resemble a late-night metal show with Coheed & Cambria and At the Drive-In showing up as musical guests. While the guys refer to this eccentric effort as a "situationist requiem," the record is basically an aggressive concept album following the execution of the title character, Kezia, for a crime specifically unknown. Personal lyrics speak of morality and growth — both directly and metaphorically — as the music is divided into four sections, each from a different point of view: a priest, the gunman/prison guard, Kezia herself, and lastly, a so-called retrospective finale. Admittedly an interesting idea in itself, the songs deliver with or without this ambitious supporting notion. Sounding as if maximum emotion were packed into every second possible, each note of Kezia bleeds urgent passion — from the searing vocals of Rody Walker to blistering guitar leads to acoustic midsong breaks to compelling harmonies and growls alike. "Heretics & Killers" begins by slapping fierce rhythms and harsh grumbles alongside the delicate edge of Walker's voice over acoustic guitars and Queen-esque background vocals. And "Turn Soonest to the Sea," seemingly about societal attitudes toward women, transforms over six minutes from a brutal metal attack to a soaring dose of empowerment via gang chorus, following a brief spoken word segment. Considering that Protest the Hero have admitted to writing music initially too complex for their abilities — forcing themselves to learn the parts over time — there's no denying the guys stepped up to the task they placed before themselves with Kezia. As such, fans of the more technical side of punk-influenced metal will also find the album hard to deny.

Customer Reviews

Unbelievable!!!!!!!

Technically superior; awesome dynamism; drumming.. sick; guitars raging & melodic; They remind me of Before Today, with more of a metal feel at times. A raw sound, with emotion, guts, finess, and at times very epic (Blindfolds aside). This band is going to go a long way.

People, THIS is Music!!!

Creative guitar, good drums, ORIGINAL SONG STRUCTURE, this band has everything. Metal lives, and i love it.

Prog Rock at It's Finest

This album is one of the greatest and most ingenius albums I've heard in the past 5 years. It's blend of choruslines, random breakdowns, and the combination of about 20 different music styles, plus a story with enough emotion to bring tears to any listener. A MUST BUY if you're interested in artistic and new rock. If PTH continue on the path that Kezia has begun they may become of the one of the greats. Thank you Canada!!!

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Combining technical metal and post-hardcore instincts, Whitby, Ontario's Protest the Hero are comprised of Rody Walker (vocals), Tim Millar (guitar/vocals), Luke Hoskin (guitar/vocals), Moe Carlson (drums), and Arif Mirabdolbaghi (bass/vocals). Starting as many bands do — with a common musical passion found among high-school friends — Protest the Hero worked hard on developing their own identity; their sound soon became reminiscent of a combination of Coheed & Cambria, At the Drive-In,...
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