Album Review
Protest The Hero - KeziaProtest The Hero - Kezia

Protest The Hero are a five-piece band from Whitby, Ontario, Canada and have been together for five years and each band member is only nineteen years old now.

'Kezia' is the bands first full length release and is similar to a concept album as it tells a story of a young woman’s execution, chronicled from the perspective of three characters and each character is designated a section containing three songs, with a single retrospective finale concluding the album. The three characters represent an aspect of the band-members themselves, creating a deeply personal album.

When I first got this cd I was expecting it to be a pure emo band but when I first put it on it blew me away as they musically sound like a heavier version of Dragonforce with some emo vocals thrown in for good measures, this may seem pretty odd but it actually works very well.

The album starts with act one which is a story about the prison priest and opens up with the first track 'No Stars Over Bethlehem' and as the song starts up you’re introduced to Dragonforce style sounds and thumping drums throughout. Track two, 'Heretics And Killers' starts up with some killer guitar riffs and heavy drum beats for thirty seconds. Following this is some mellow vocals before a mixture of death metal and emo vocals take over making this song very varied and well put together. Act one finishes with 'Divinity Within’, which features more Dragonforce style sounds throughout and finishes the act off nicely.

Act two tells the story of the executioner / prison guard and starts off with a little piano intro to separate the two acts and then goes straight into 'Bury The Hatchet' which is a pure metal song very fast with heavy guitar riffs, blasting drums and pounding bass sounds and Rody Walkers vocals are awesome with loads of screams, the lyrics are very brutal as well. Track two of act two 'Nautical' kicks in fast and furious and has a mixture of fast punk vocals and hardcore screams throughout. The finishing track to act two is 'Blindfolds Aside' which happens to be the first single taken from the album and is a good song which is not to fast and not to heavy and filled with a good mixture of vocals throughout and features some stunning guitar work, the song finishes off with Rody and a guest female singer singing "a sin I didn't care for, but a sin that paid my debts. A sin that fed my children and burned my smiles and cigarettes" then the music slowly fades out.

Act three tells the story of Kezia, the girl whose to be executed. This act starts off 'She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods' which is a good track and features some loud heavy drumming and fast vocals throughout which are almost catchy in places. Next up is 'Turn Soonest To The Sea' which happens to be my favourite track on the album. It starts off pretty heavy and mid way through features shouty vocals of "Your flesh means more than you" which then follows on with some mellow vocals which finishes off with a massive sing along; stunning stuff. This act finishes off with a little intro of someone saying "Ready....Aim" and then goes straight into 'The Divine Suicide Of K' which is another well put together track and the guitars are as good as they have been throughout the whole album. The drumming is at its heaviest, the vocals are good and the mixture of female and male vocals on this song works really well.

The album finishes with 'A Plateful Of Our Dead' and is a truly well put together song as it starts off fast and heavy but also features slow and mellow parts a great finish to a stunning album.

Overall I love this band and can’t get enough of this album its so cleverly put together and stunning great musically and lyrically. Protest The Hero have a great future especially considering the band starting writing this album when they were only seventeen im sure the best is still to come. You must buy this album.


Review by Trigger
 Band Members
Protest The Hero - Band
Rody Walker (Vocals)
Tim Millar (Guitars, Vocals)
Luke Hoskin (Guitars, Vocals, Piano)
Moe Carlson (Drums)
Arif Mirabdolbaghi (Bass, Vocals)
 Track Listing
1. No Stars Over Bethlehem
2. Heretics And Killers
3. Divinity Within
4. Bury The Hatchet
5. Nautical
6. Blindfolds Aside
7. She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods
8. Turn Soonest To The Sea
9. Divine Suicide Of K
10. Plateful Of Our Dead
 Band Related Links
Protest The Hero Myspace
Protest The Hero Official Website
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?