Protest The Hero's Indiegogo campaign to fund their new album was a huge success but the Canadian quintet has been silent for the past couple of months. The recording process is almost done and the album should be out sometime in the fall. However, the progressive metal band was quietly dealing with its first ever line-up change. Moe Carlson, their longtime drummer, had decided to leave to pursue school and some of his other passions. Lamb Of God's drummer Chris Adler was then recruited as a session player and has already recorded his drum tracks.

"He approached me one day — he approached everyone individually — and said, 'just to let you know, I'm going back to school,' and I was like, 'good for you, that's awesome,'" said singer Rody Walker to AUX. "And then he said he didn't have any intentions of touring ever again. That kind of sucked, it was a shock, obviously, but he's been really good about the whole thing."

Explains Carlson: "About a year ago I started thinking about [school], then over the last six months I put things into action. It worked out so well that it was post-touring cycle and it was coming up into January, and if I started in January I could start an accelerated program and be done in 16 months. It fell into place pretty naturally."

The band will have to find a new drummer now but on the new album, you will hear Chris Adler's drumming skills.

Walker explains how Adler's influence could make this the heaviest Protest The Hero record yet: "He's coming from such a different spot than us. We come to heavy metal through punk rock. It must have been strange for him playing some punk beats, and some of the punk beats he plays in a heavy metal way. This may come out being one of our more heavy sounding records, or more metal sounding record."

You can read the entire interview over here.

Band profile: Protest The Hero
Posted: 07.06.2013 by LeChron James


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BloodTears - 07.06.2013 at 14:20  
This could actually be an interesting thing for the new album although it's not good when someone leaves.

After the brilliant Scurrilous, I'm really looking forward to this one.
moe5512 - 07.06.2013 at 14:41  
Personally, I prefer Fortress which is imo their heaviest album so this could be really great
Asat0r - 07.06.2013 at 16:59  
I'm pretty excited to hear this. Sad to hear Moe left the band, he was a great drummer. But I'm very interested in hearing what Adler has done with the album.
Zadion - 07.06.2013 at 18:39  
Bummer, but I think the new spin on it might help them return to form. Their first two albums are great, but Scurrilous is terrible.
seafood - 08.06.2013 at 00:04  
For me Scurrilous was their best effort, and one of my most favourite albums of all time. Will see about this, I don't think it will affect the band that much.
Doc Godin - 08.06.2013 at 00:42  
Written by moe5512 on 07.06.2013 at 14:41

Personally, I prefer Fortress which is imo their heaviest album so this could be really great

Totally agree. I found Scurrilous to be really tame compared to Fortress. I'd be down for a little more heaviness.
Boxcar Willy - 08.06.2013 at 06:46  
Wish Moe would have stayed, don't like this at all.
Alex F - 11.06.2013 at 19:42  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 08.06.2013 at 06:46

Wish Moe would have stayed, don't like this at all.

Chris Adler is a pretty damn good drummer in his technical abilities, but I have no clue how he would fit in with a band like PtH. I'm not a big fan of PtH nor LoG, but I'm still interested to see how this turns out.

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