Protest The Hero - Fortress


8.6 | 283 votes |
Release date: 29 January 2008
Style: Progressive metalcore

Owners:

277 have it
20 want it


On Conquest And Capture
01. Bloodmeat
02. The Dissentience
03. Bone Marrow

(Untitled)
04. Sequoia Throne
05. Palms Read
06. Limb From Limb
07. Spoils

Isosceles
08. Wretch
09. Goddess Bound
10. Goddess Gagged

Top 20 albums of 2008: 12

Additional info
Released on Vagrant Records in the US and Underground Operations in Canada

Staff review by
jupitreas
Rating:
N/A
Fortress, Protest The Hero's latest album, is definitely one of the most anticipated releases this year, which is really hardly a surprise considering what a smash hit their debut excursion into kitchen sink metal, Kezia, turned out to be. Those who enjoyed the band's previous attempt at totally schizophrenic yet catchy music will be happy to hear that, by and large, Fortress is more of the same just better and more mature.

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published 26.01.2008 | Comments (16)

Guest review by
Boxcar Willy
Rating:
9.0
Protest The Hero has a love/hate thing going on... either you like it, or I hate you. Honestly folks, this is one of the best albums I've ever heard. I was a musical virgin going in, and a technicality slut coming out. This is a must hear album.

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published 07.01.2012 | Comments (5)

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Comments: 17   Visited by: 603 users
03.02.2010 - 23:13
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
Fuuuuuck yeah! this shit is bipolar!
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27.02.2010 - 17:08
Rating: 10
theregnar
Pretty sick indeed
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29.03.2010 - 05:17
Rating: 7
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable
If only they started playing metal I might have actually loved it. These guys are too skilled to be fucking around in metalcore.
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IF THE MILK IS SOUR...I AINT THE KINDA PUSSY TO DRINK IT
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29.03.2010 - 17:29
Rating: 10
theregnar
Fucking epiiiic
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27.04.2010 - 04:33
Rating: 10
H-metal
Instrumental madness... Love it.
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I listen to metal before you were even born...
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11.01.2011 - 23:38
Axe Argonian
Wow, this is most definitely impressive. Although I usually have the propensity to avoid most metalcore, I, ironically, am drawn to this album. The progressive intricacies found in this album are probably the reason.

Fortress is most definitely a testament to metalcore done correctly.
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"Man does at all times only what he wills, and yet he does this necessarily. But this is because he already is what he wills." - Arthur Schopenhauer
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28.08.2011 - 01:21
Rating: 10
ThisIsEndgame
They won best metal album of the year in Canada with this one for a reason! Don't let the metalcore genre make you instantly hate it. IMO this is not metalcore at all. it's something of a whole new breed. never ending solo metal maybe lol
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\m/ Next thing you know they'll take my thought away! \m/
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05.01.2012 - 17:55
Rating: 10
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
GODLY ALBUM.


this is the best metalcore album i've ever heard.
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forever bummed out
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13.10.2012 - 21:50
Rating: 9
PocketMetal
These guys are fucking great ! :O
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14.10.2012 - 23:06
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Boxcar Willy on 05.01.2012 at 17:55

GODLY ALBUM.


this is the best metalcore album i've ever heard.


Sure is....Never understood the metalcore tag
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16.11.2012 - 19:32
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by JÄY on 14.10.2012 at 23:06

Sure is....Never understood the metalcore tag

Because it's metalcore. Just because it's metalcore doesn't mean it's bad
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16.11.2012 - 21:18
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Alex F on 16.11.2012 at 19:32

Written by JÄY on 14.10.2012 at 23:06

Sure is....Never understood the metalcore tag

Because it's metalcore. Just because it's metalcore doesn't mean it's bad


for sure... i just don't hear and hardcore in it
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01.02.2013 - 20:58
Neroese
Account deleted
Amazing.
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24.09.2013 - 05:50
Rating: 9
Rulatore
Holy Crap
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13.10.2013 - 22:06
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
Can't understand why I didn't give this band a try back when I heard 'Sequioa throne' a few years ago, but this album is leaving me speechless and simply awed. Overstated as that may be, there really isn't anything that the band don't do effectively here. Instrumentation is virtually perfected to bring in new styles that invoke melodic passages (The piano outros on various songs), furiously frantic guitar riffs and mezmerizing drum rhythms. The vocal range here is so varied that I couldn't even believe there was merely one vocalist-his transition between dull, harsh roars and luscious cleans on 'The dissentience' and 'Palms read' really makes for a unqiue collaboration with the other instruments. And at the risk of coming across as an absolute fanboy (This album has now made me one after having listened to it 5 times in a row on the same day), it fits the MS rating I gave-a perfect '10'.
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14.10.2013 - 05:29
Rating: 10
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by musicalkaratekid on 13.10.2013 at 22:06

Can't understand why I didn't give this band a try back when I heard 'Sequioa throne' a few years ago, but this album is leaving me speechless and simply awed. Overstated as that may be, there really isn't anything that the band don't do effectively here. Instrumentation is virtually perfected to bring in new styles that invoke melodic passages (The piano outros on various songs), furiously frantic guitar riffs and mezmerizing drum rhythms. The vocal range here is so varied that I couldn't even believe there was merely one vocalist-his transition between dull, harsh roars and luscious cleans on 'The dissentience' and 'Palms read' really makes for a unqiue collaboration with the other instruments. And at the risk of coming across as an absolute fanboy (This album has now made me one after having listened to it 5 times in a row on the same day), it fits the MS rating I gave-a perfect '10'.

Glad to see you get it

Also a lot of the low growls are done by the bassist, Arif.
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forever bummed out
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22.11.2015 - 19:30
Rating: 10
musclassia
I know that sheer repeat listening to music and gradual familiarity can start to win an album over with you, but even that can't cut it if the music isn't inherently capable of inspiring enthusiasm with you. I've found that repeated exposure over time to this album, along with The Hunter by Mastodon, have gradually made me become a fan of more and more of the songs almost with each listen. Despite owning and semi-regularly listening to the album since 2010, it's only within the last year that I've started appreciating it on the same level as their other albums, which I used to be much fonder towards. Over pretty much the last year, I've gone from being fond of only a couple of songs to the same level as pretty much most of Kezia and Volition (Blood Meat, Spoils), to then learning the live regulars in anticipation of seeing the band (Bone Marrow, Sequoia Throne), and then listening more to the album and discovering more personal favourites (Palms Read, Wretch, and eventually The Dissentience), leaving only a few slightly questionable tracks to hold me back from giving it a 10. I'm still not totally won over by Limb By Limb (I like quite a bit but it's still the weakest track IMO), but I've finally had a full-on breakthrough from reservedly liking to full-on loving the Goddess songs, and within the space of a year, Fortress may have gone from my least favourite PTH album to perhaps my favourite, and one of my all-time favourite albums. It might've been the complexity, and (for the band) relative extremity which held me back for the first years, but just every song is rammed full of multiple awesome moments, and the mix of aggression, technicality, creativity and distinctiveness, hookiness and lyrical intelligence is incredible - I can't believe just a year or so ago I would've ranked Scurrilous as my top album by the band whilst dismissing this. Oh, and both the album and band in general are perfect workout music. /raving over
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