Fortress - Protest the Hero
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 132 Ratings

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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the post-hardcore/metal band from Whitby, Ontario, Canada.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. The follow-up [to "Kezia"], Fortress, mines similar territory but cranks the ferocity even higher.
  2. It's a scarily mature album for a bunch of 21 year olds to have recorded, and the pairing of its ambitious lyrical concepts and motivated songwriting is something to be admired.
  3. Fortress stands out as gratifyingly heavy and heady.
  4. Despite the fact it can get a bit homogenous and maybe a tad over-the-top with its concept, Fortress is one of the most entertaining metal albums I’ve heard in a long time.
  5. What makes Fortress much more than just a chain mail-clad sweep-picking clinic is the band's ability to weave bold melodies into the album's thudering riffage. [Feb 2008, p.116]
  6. Protest the Hero is having fun with their creativity here, and Fortress is a better album for it.
  7. Protest the Hero suck off the idea of metal tropes and also think they have a sense of humor.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 65
  2. Negative: 16 out of 65
  1. Sep 13, 2012
    Quite possibly my favourite album of all time. This is the album that opened my mind to the metal genre and got me listening to everything I could get my hands on. I used to strictly enjoy one genre of metal but because of this glorious ban enjoy a bit of everything. Took me a few listens to really enjoy it but boy was it worth it. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2010
    Really melodic stuff. It's in fact a strong mix of different genres (i think form harcore there only few beatdown parts left). There is a strong infuence of heavy metal and everything you can ever imagine Expand

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