We’re starting something new here at Thrash Hits. We’ve asked some of our favourite writers to put together some monthly columns, focussing in on the genres they’re most passionate about. We’re kicking off this new series with David Keevill taking on what’s been going on in Prog over the last month or so. Take it away, David….
Protest The Hero
Protest the Hero are a Canadian progressive metal band from Whitby, Ontario. Originally named Happy Go Lucky, the band line-up has remained the same since their formation in 1999. The band changed their name to Protest the Hero shortly before releasing their debut EP, Search for the Truth, in 2002. In 2005, the band released their first full-length album, Kezia, on the indie label Underground Operations.
On January 23, 2006, the band signed with Vagrant Records for Kezia's American release on April 4, 2006. Read more on Last.fm
Protest The Hero on Thrash Hits
January 27th, 2012
Hevy Festival has announced its first fifteen bands for 2012 – they are Converge, Will Haven, Protest The Hero, Deaf Havana, Verse, The Chariot, A Wilhelm Scream, Deez Nuts, Set Your Goals, Trapped Under Ice, Pianos Become The Teeth, Balance and Composure, Sharks, Last Witness, and Crocus. Sweeeeeeet.
July 27th, 2011
Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here.
All our work from Sonisphere Festival 2011 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.
May 31st, 2011
After the first part of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s recollection of the more musical and work-based exploits while on tour across America, the second details every single one of the band’s fuck ups and fails along the way. Some mothers do ‘ave ’em…
The show must go on… A tour is never without its problems, however this one has been particularly plagued by bad luck and stupidity. When stuff goes wrong you just have to deal with it, laugh and carry on no matter how serious.
Here are our Thirteen Fails in chronological order:
May 10th, 2011
The chicken-fried steak stories were a good clue as to this column’s future but TesseracT guitarist James Monteith has checked in with so many stories from their current US tour that we’ve had to split his third column into two parts. We’ll start with the useful stuff: guitar lessons, shooting Maylene and the Sons of Disaster with BB guns and… what’s that about a second album? OH!
We’re a month and a bit into our North American tour. We’ve played over 20 shows, made some great new friends, seen all kinds of weather conditions, I’ve grown a full beard, shaved it off, and started to grow another again. It’s been eventful.
April 4th, 2011
After the awesomeness of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s first column about Djent and self-indulgence, he checks in from on the road – the prog-metallers are currently on their second US tour – with his second column all about how to party hard at South By South West
Sitting on the washing machine in a launderette is a great place to be when on tour. With no Wi-Fi and the mellowing rumble of the drums, it’s a serene place to reflect on times past, and what a crazy week I’ve just had. I’m at the start of the TesseracT tour with Protest The Hero and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster which is awesome, and I’ve just come from Austin, Texas and the South By South West festival.
February 3rd, 2011
Protest The Hero‘s new album is out on March 21st, and is entitled Scurrilous. Now while this is great news for fans of totally fucking insane music, this doesn’t come within touching distance of the brilliance of the promo shot that came with the announcement. It’s after the jump for when you’ve braced yourself for this. [Read more →]
March 12th, 2009
Protest The Hero
w/ The Chariot, The Human Abstract
06 March 2009
When Canadian prog metallers Protest The Hero brought their brutality to Sheffield, top snapper Gary Wolstenholme was in tow to take some photos of the beardy bruisers as well as support acts, The Chariot and The Human Abstract.
November 19th, 2008
The Altamont Never Say Die! Tour has a lot of gumption putting seven bands – and good bands at that – onto a single bill. It’s almost too much to take in, a full five-solid hours of murderous intent, spat out from the stage with all the ferocity of a rutting rhino.
Support bands have wet dreams about crowds like tonight’s– rather than barging each other out the way at the bar, they’re packing the floor with a whirling-dervish hardcore pit. Carnifex and Whitechapel both respond by dropping breakdown after bloody breakdown.
June 26th, 2008
A whole bunch of new albums have been announced these past few days. The most exciting has to be Trvium’s fourth full-length effort, Shogun. Unleashed on 29 September 2008 through Roadrunner Records ahead of their co-headline Unholy Alliance tour with Slayer, early reports suggest that they’re back to actually sounding like Trivium and that it’s rather a good album.
Undoubtedly less exciting but definitely more unit-shifting is the announcement that dour, 12 million-selling alt-metallers Staind have joined the Roadrunner stable. Their sixth album, The Illusion Of Progress is released on 8 September 2008, just before they tour arenas with their new labelmates, Nickelback (inexplicably pictured above).
12 Belfast Odyssey
13 Dublin RDS Simmonscourt
15 Manchester MEN Arena
16 Sheffield Arena
18 Birmingham NEC
19 London O2 Arena
21 London Wembley Arena
Something that Thrash Hits .com is definitely looking forward to is the debut album from Rolo Tomassi. Recently signed to Hassle Records – home to Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats and Juliette & The Licks among others – Hysterics will be released on 22 September 2008 with a sweat-drenched free launch party that day at London’s Old Blue Last.
The best tour that we’ve heard about has Australian metalcore masters Parkway Drive and Boston legends Unearth headlining it this November. The Never Say Die Tour also has Architects, Protest The Hero, Whitechapel and Carnifex frequenting some odd parts of the country.
10 Yeovil Westland
11 Manchester Academy 2
12 Glasgow Arches
13 Sheffield Corporation
14 Peterborough Cresset
15 London Forum
Thin Lizzy are releasing a 15-track live album from their historic UK Tour ’75. The full set will be released on deluxe CD with a 20-page booklet of previously unseen live photos and liner notes on 8 September 2008 through MLP.
‘Fighting My Way Back’
‘It’s Only Money’
‘For Those Who Love To Live’
‘Still In Love With You’
‘Sha La La’
‘Baby Drives Me Crazy’
‘Me And The Boys’
‘Cowboy Song (Derby Blues)’
‘Sound Check Jam’
Canadian gym-metallers Blessed By A Broken Heart are going to release their much-anticipated debut album Pedal To The Metal on 18 August 2008 and will follow it up with a UK tour almost four months later with I Am Ghost, Devil’s Gift and Fei Comodo in tow.
04 Cardiff Barfly
05 London ULU
06 Poole Mr C’s
07 Wrexham Central Station
08 Liverpool Barfly
09 Glasgow Cathouse
10 Birmingham Barfly
11 Nottingham Rock City
12 York Fibbers
13 Brighton Concorde 2
Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry are a band that are clearly hitting both sides of the rock fence. Having performed at both Isle Of Wight and Download Festival on the same weekend, they have announced a new album, Folklore And Superstition to be released on 18 August 2008 via Roadrunner Records. Currently supporting Def Leppard and Whitesnake on their arena tour, BSC have announced winter dates.
5 Manchester Academy
6 Newcastle Academy
7 Glasgow Barrowlands
9 Sheffield Octagon
10 Birmingham Academy
11 Bristol Academy
13 Oxford Academy
14 London Brixton Academy
Emo kings Hawthorne Heights are staying busy in preparation for the release of their third album, Fragile Future on 4 August 2008 through Victory Records. They will be touring with Linkin Park on the Projekt Revolution tour across the US from 16 July to 27 August. A UK tour is threatened later in the year.