Fortress - Protest the Hero

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic 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. Protest the Hero is having fun with their creativity here, and Fortress is a better album for it.
  4. 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]
  5. Fortress stands out as gratifyingly heavy and heady.
  6. 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.
  7. Protest the Hero suck off the idea of metal tropes and also think they have a sense of humor.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 132 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 65
  2. Negative: 16 out of 65
  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 1, 2008
    Awesome. Just awesome
  2. Iggyl
    Mar 31, 2008
    90? Oh man...I hope more critics review this album, because this album doesn't deserve this high rating at all. The band is really good with instruments, but this album is just a mess. It sounds like all the other metalcore bands out there. Full Review »
  3. Srious
    Mar 23, 2008
    Anyone who calls this album "emo" or clearly has no clue what they are talking about. "Emo" has turned into some sort of blanket insult that covers any type of metal that doesn't meet the precise genre definitions as decreed by some closed-minded metal know-it-all. Full Review »