Sound — 9
PTH has refined many things on this album. The drums sounds better tenfold, and the guitars are flawless. Rody's vocals are blistering and at times melodic. Kezia's sound was good, Fortress' is great. Right away Bloodmeat flies with a heavily syncopated rhythm that could tear you a new hole. The "verse" then leads into a more melodic chorus with some added strings. The song seems to end, then comes crashing back with a heavy riff. This surprise transition is my favourite part of the song and probably the whole album. This formula of heavy riffs, solid drums and matching vocals is applied to the entire album. Luke's musicianship is exemplified greatly on Palms Read, where his sweeps are clean and fit with the rhythem. The song also contains a short, but satisfying bass fill by bassist Arif. The tapping lines and "solos" aren't showy and flow with the songs.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are written by bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi and they bring Fortress into a whole deeper relm. The album is about conquest and goddess worship, with references to Ghengis Khan and Flidias. It took me a few listens to really grasp the idea Arif was writing. The lyrics are clever and fit very nicely into the rest of the band. Like Kezia, Arif does everything but let us down with the lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
Every rock and metal fan can find something to like at Fortress. Protest the Hero fans from Kezia will be very satisfied and new listeners will find something they wish they knew before. The blistering speed of the guitars, the solid drums and Rody Walker's vocals that switch from growls to soft melodies are what makes Fortress so irresistible. Fortress is a necessity to the avid metal head to the occasional rocker.