Album Review

Protest The Hero - VolitionProtest The Hero – Volition

Back in January Protest The Hero announced that they were working on their fourth studio album and that they had moved away from their label and that the album would be fully crowdfunded though Indiegogo and within 30hours the goal that they needed to achieve to create the album was smashed and by the end of the campaign $341,146 was raised which happened to be nearly triple what they were looking for and this tells me two things, first of all Protest The Hero are extremely popular and have a hardcore generation of fans and secondly it is not necessary to be signed to a label if you can go through fan funded organisations especially in this day and age where major labels take all the money and try to take creative control over bands music.

Just before Protest The Hero were going to hit the studio to record their fourth studio album ‘Voilition’, founding member and drummer Moe Carlson decided to leave the band to head back into full time education and within no time Protest The Hero recruited Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler to bang the drums in the studio and have now gone on to announce that Mike Ieradi is their new touring drummer.

The album opens with ‘Clarity’ and from the start you can see that having Chris Adler drum on the album was a great move as the man is a powerful drummer and here he has stuck true to Protest The Hero’s style but also put his own twist on things. The guitars throughout the song are fantastic as Luke Hoskin and Tim Millar really show off how fast and technical they can play whilst vocally frontman Rody Walker has managed to progress once again with his vocals sounding bigger and better than ever before as he quickly shifts from melodic to screamo vocals throughout the song.

‘Drumhead Trial’ is an extremely fast number with never ending fast drum beats and guitar riffs that come crash towards you at what feels like 1000miles per hour in a relentless way, whilst once again Rody Walker lays down some solid vocals whilst Arif Mirabdolbaghi lays down the odd scream.

‘Tilting Against Windmills’ sticks to the instrumental technicality which we have come to expect from Protest The Hero but it is the vocals from Rody walker which shine the most throughout the song. ‘Yellow Teeth’ see Protest The Hero go down a big bouncy route with some stand out baselines on offer from Arif Mirabdolbaghi. ‘Mist’ is clearly all about the instrumental work as the band really go to town jamming away. With ‘Animal Bones’, Protest The Hero go all out to create as much noise as possible in a melodic way as the song morphs from being a noisy number to a melodic masterpiece and back in no time at all, whilst album closer ‘Skies’ is so different from what the band have ever done and leaves me wanting more despite listening to over 50minutes of quality music from the band within 'Volition'.

I have always classed Protest The Hero as one of the best technical metal bands around and with the release of ‘Volition’ I stick by my claim as the album is fantastic and enjoyable from start to finish as each and every song on the album is as enjoyable as the last and this makes it really hard to pick a stand out track as each song stands out on its own for various different reasons, and I really think that other metal bands really do need to up their game if they ever want to challenge the greatness that Protest The Hero have created here.


Review by Trigger

 Band Members

Rody Walker
Tim Millar
Moe Carlson
Luke Hoskin
Arif Mirabdolbaghi
 Track Listing

1. Clarity
2. Drum-Head Trial
3. Tilting Against Windmills
4. Without Prejudice
5. Yellow Teeth
6. Plato’s Tripartite
7. A Life Embossed
8. Mist
9. Underbite
10. Animal Bones
11. Skies

 Band Related Links
Protest The Hero Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?