Protest The Hero are a Canadian Progressive Metal
band, who began life playing somewhat straightforward Punk
, and got more and more progressive with each release.
To date, they have released 6 albums.Members
- Rody Walker - vocals
- Luke Hoskin - lead guitar, backing vocals, piano
- Tim Millar - rhythm guitar, backing vocals, piano
- Arif Mirabdolbaghi - bass, backing vocals, lyrics
- Moe Carlson - Drums
- A Calculated Use of Sound (2003)
- Kezia (2006)
- Fortress (2008)
- Gallop Meets The Earth (2009)
- Scurrilous (2011)
- The Best of Protest The Hero (2013)
- Volition (2013)
- Alien Invasion: Both averted and subverted in "Sequoia Throne". "They're not the ones who cause us harm - we are!" Then later; "They bloviate about a future beyond the moon, to bring about another planet's doom, to find some other peaceful life, and beat a war-drum to its tune. Unless my prayers are answered, our end is coming soon."
- Badass Beard: Tim's certainly counts since it's huge, but everyone except moe are sporting rather nifty ones now.
- Concept Album: Kezia and Fortress.
- Downer Ending: "Kezia" is about a woman going facing excecution for an unmentioned crime. Guess how it ends.
- Genre Shift: From Punk Rock to Progressive Metal and finally to experimental metal.
- Home Porn Movie: "Sex Tapes"
- Large Ham: Rody has a habit of hamming it up in videos.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The album "Fortress" is about peaceful pagans being massacred by Christian missionaries. One song that particularly stands out is "Sequoia Throne".
- On the flip side, you also have "Bloodmeat", from the same album, which is about the hordes of Genghis Khan slaughtering Christians.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally around 7-8, but there's some guttural screaming which raises it now and then.
- New Sound Album: There's a massive change between their EP and Kezia (which isn't surprising considering they were teenagers when they started), and almost a big a change between Kezia and Fortress. From Fortress to Scurrilous, their sound changes completely and Volition continues in the same vein.
- Religion Rant Song: Many tracks on both "Kezia" and "Fortress" contain anti-religious themes, especially the first three tracks of the former. Tilting Against Windmills from "Volition" is clearly against Christianity and God.
- Spiritual Successor: To SikTh.
- Title Drop: Many times.
- In "The Dissentience" on the album "Fortress": Bloooodmeeeat! (ironically in the previous song, "Bloodmeat", they never say this.)
- In "The Divine Suicide of K." on "Kezia": Blindfold Aside, I'll probably still close my eyes."
- "Divinity Within" also name drops itself a couple of times.
- Throw It In: In the breakdown of Wretch, you can clearly hear a cat meowing. It's Rody's, which interrupted during the middle of recording vocals. They decided to leave it in after hearing the results.