Sound — 10
How can you really describe protest the hero, they have elements in their music that every band dreams of. Every song is laden with cool guitar single string riffs, a cool bass line and tricky time changes that make sure the listener never gets bored. In addition, Protest doesnt't't follow the basic verse, chorus, verse, chorus layout and instead have a number of different phases as I like to call them throughout the song in which the mood and the guitars and drum beats change, it's safe to say that listening to the whole CD through is not a very hard task. They usually don't stray from what the whole album is about, fast hard hitting rock, but when you hear it, you actually begin to understand that really you wouldn't want it anyother way, they stick to what they are good at and what they are good at is please a wide variety of head-banging air guitar fanatics, check out some of their guitar tabs, you'll soon regret that you did.
Lyrics — 10
In Kezia they seem to be telling a story of a girl named Kezia who is on the verge of suicide, although her thought are often shown very clearly through the lyrics, they first three songs offer an insight to a religion, how much this has to do with the story, I don't really know. Like I said the album is broken into four parts, the first being about the whole religious thing, the second being about Kezia and introducing her I guess, the third being about the divine suicide of Kezia and the last part is one song that I guess just sums up the whole story that was told, it's a great CD for both the music and lyrical aspects.
Overall Impression — 10
This is definetly one of the best if not the very best of the fast alternative rock albums that I have ever listened to. Besides them being home grown here in Canada, I'm very glad to say that they dazzle with amazing musical skill. F--k if I lost it or it got stolen I would buy it again, in fact I would buy two just in case it would happen again, I have had the CD now for a couple months and I'm still not tired of listening to it, it's a great CD, now what are you waiting for check out their site www.protestthehero.com or just go buy the CD.