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This was my first contact with the music of Protest the Hero and boy, was it a ride.
Protest the Hero have made an amazing album that doesn't really fail at any point. From the breakneck speed, through the slightly vulgar but nonetheless interesting lyrics, ending with catchy and attention demanding vocal performance from Rody Walker.
The piece opens with C'est la Vie, an anti-suicide song I take it. The lyrics are quite straight-forward. The music is just what you'd expect from PTH. The riffs are stellar - they give a feeling of being swung by waves of a powerful ocean: left, right, left, right and so on. Rody Walker's vocal delivery is truly amazing - from his
usual singing voice (quite high) to his screams.
Hair-Trigger is quite an interesting one. Riffs here are more rhytmic than the song before. Lyrics seem to tell a story about manipulation and repentance. Rody does a really good job on the delivery again.
Tandem was criticised by some as simple and insensitive lyrics wise - it's about cancer, and it does deal with the subject using simple words. There's nothing wrong with being simple here, in my opinion the lyrics don't lack anything. They're fine as they are. The music here is a bit less attention catching than on the two first tracks, it is still, however, very good.
Moonlight features a number of interesting riffs and some deeper lyrics. Of course Rody does fine on the delivery. It is really a track you can't say much about while it still is a pleasent listen.
Tapestry is another one that deals with the life subject. This time it's about not using your life at all. The vocals on this one are really stellar. The riffs give off a feeling of irritation and anger, as if the band is trying to say "we hate those suckers who waste their lifes". It is one of the most memorable tracks on the album. Its lyrics, delivered in Rody's style, hit home for anyone who's ever thought of just wasting away, because there was nothing to do or those who drowned in addiction or are afraid of it. Truly great.
Dunsel and The Reign of Unending Terror are simply great, interesting tracks. One of them contains a Star Trek reference (Rody went there, yes!). The riffs seem to go hand in hand with vocal delivery, amplifying and enhancing it. Very well done tracks.
Termites features great lyrics and great sing along moments. It is one of the most interesting tracks. The riffs in this one seem to be crawling just like the titular termites would. Sometimes they also feel like falling, as the Salomon from the lyrics inevitably will.
Tounge-Splitter and Sex Tapes close the album with lyrics criticising the sex and money obsessed lifes of people around the globe, they pack a punch through Rody's vocal tricks and the vulgar lyrics. Those are supposed to shock and it can be felt. Riffs create mixed feelings using dynamics and very quick melody\rhytm changes. Tounge-Splitter became one of my favourites and still is, truly an amazing track.
The album retains the Protest the Hero specific style while adding some refinement. It is a worthy purchase for every fan of interesting music or a metal fix for the ones who think there's no good music anymore.