Protest The Hero - Kezia review
|Band:||Protest The Hero|
|Release date:||August 2005|
01. No Stars Over Bethlehem
02. Heretics And Killers
03. Divinity Within
04. Bury The Hatchet
06. Blindfolds Aside
07. She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods
08. Turn Soonest To The Sea
09. The Divine Suicide Of K.
10. A Plateful Of Our Dead
Album Of The Year
The Canadian band Protest The Hero already released Kezia in their home country last year; however, only now is it getting worldwide distribution courtesy of a deal with Vagrant Records in USA. Nothing could make me more happy than knowing that this band is slowly achieving wider recognition since, frankly, this is some of the best music I have heard in the last few years.
Although technically a part of the metalcore scene, Protest The Hero actually makes music that to a large extent completely defies classification. In some ways, Kezia reminds me of River Runs Red, the masterpiece of New York City's Life Of Agony. Like that classic album, Kezia contains music that is bleeding emotion on every note. It is also a concept album (in this case, about the trial of a woman called Kezia for an unspecified crime). Finally, Protest The Hero also often follows the metallic-hardcore tradition of breakdowns and gang-shouts. This; however, is where the comparisons end. Musically Kezia is all over the place. All of the songs follow very unpredictable and technical structures, often switching tempos and aesthetics multiple times during a single song. The only common element is how frantically everything is performed. Just take a song like the opener "No Stars Over Bethlehem" as an example - it starts with a growl and melodeath inspired leads, becomes polyrhythmic prog for a few seconds, goes into an Anthrax-like refrain, scores a metalcore breakdown, utilizes a Corrosion Of Conformity style stoner riff for a little while and ends with a superb guitar solo. All of this in a song that is not even 4 minutes long! This is just a small teaser of what kinds of things await us on this album.
Kezia is a masterpiece by any standards. That it is delivered by a very young band is just reason to rejoice, be happy that rock music is not yet dead and that we have the privilege of hearing music like this.
||Written on 12.05.2006 by With Metal Storm since 2002, jupitreas has been subjecting the masses to his reviews for quite a while now. He lives in Warsaw, Poland, where he does his best to avoid prosecution for being so cool.|
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