Mathcore heavyweights Protest The Hero have proven that they mean business, providing an amalgamation of their previous three albums where the heaviness and rifftacular nature of Kezia and Fortress meet the very progressive Scurrilous.
The album kicks off into full throttle as soon as you hit the play button on Clarity. You’re bombarded with such a catchy and polished riff, a clear harkening to Fortress is seen here. Complex time signatures and riffs are of course chucked into the mix along with a bit of growling. Growling has not shown its face since Fortress. Drumhead Trial continues the intensity of Clarity, not letting you catch your breath. The Kezia-esque song is full of juicy melodic riffs and licks, and also a very nice solo. Protest the Hero never take the foot off the throttle in this album.
The Classical outro to Mist and Skies are the true impressers of this album, flawlessly conveying the dynamic nature of the band and proving that their heads aren’t just stuck in metal. Walker’s adaptive nature is also a stand out, delivering passionate and varied vocals which lifts the albums sound to even greater heights.
Only problem I have with this album is that at some moments the songs can start sounding similar but apart from that I find it to be a solid album, there should be few songs at least that will please all fans. The band hasn’t created a completely new sound but they have managed to recognise their style changes and morph them together to create perfect revisit that is completed by their new progressive style. Kudos.