Fortress - Protest the Hero
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7.6

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. NickC.
    Mar 24, 2008
    10
    Anyone who cannot appreciate this album is quite unfortunate. This is by far one of the most talented bands on the planet whether you like this style of music or not. Expand
  2. kgc
    Apr 14, 2008
    10
    This is an amazing album and took a long time to make and those of you saying it is bad and you are 'tired of this stuff' you might as well keep it to yourselves because you have no idea what you are talking about. i have no idea what kind of music you like but iron maiden is an awesome band and is better than most. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Apr 1, 2008
    10
    Awesome. Just awesome
  4. ZackB.
    Apr 9, 2008
    9
    Protest have achieved a monolith of a metal album. Creative melodies and catchy hooks, adeptly weave into an insanely technical web of high-energy musicianship. They soar high above the sea of mediocrity that is currently the contemporary metal scene. Expand
  5. EddM.
    Apr 2, 2008
    8
    Although the 90% average is slightly high, this is definately an album well worth listening to for fans of metal, protest, or for people who just want to try something new. Expand
  6. ChrisN.
    Mar 24, 2008
    4
    Too much noise, anything "visionary" about this album is drowned out. It's almost impossible to listen to; I really don't get all the excitement. Also, Franklin T needs to get a life and move out of his mom's house. Expand
  7. FelipeP.
    Feb 29, 2008
    0
    the voice is horrible, and it's emo...

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