Review: Protest the Hero – Scurrilous

Rated:

3/5

Scurrilous, the third album by Protest the Hero—a five-piece progressive metal band hailing from Ontario, Canada—charges forth from the gate in spectacular fashion with opener “C’est La Vie.”  The audacious start can’t be maintained, however, as the opening track is in retrospect the best song on the record. From there, the album features frequent, runaway guitar solos intermixed with lurching breakdowns and choppy beats. The only break from the blistering tempos is the fade-out in the final track, “Sex Tape” (easily the record’s other standout song), placing the album’s best songs at its beginning and end. Apart from that, hardly anything other than the technical guitar work (and perhaps the dog barking at the end of “Tongue-Splitter,”), separates the sound of Scurrilous from Protest the Hero’s prior work. The result is a jumpy and energetic record, frenetic and frantic, moving quickly enough to keep the album’s theme together by virtue of speed alone. For all of its ferocity and force, though, Scurrilous is a surprisingly pleasant listen, in part due to frontman Rody Walker’s high-pitched melodic vocals which belie the aggressiveness of the blistering guitars. Recommended, definitely. Diverse and innovative, definitely not. CONOR MYHRVOLD


  • FredsataN

    Fuck you!!
    You’re review eats dick!!!
    And so does you’re BOO review!!!
    8====D——-(your face)

  • Thug_life93

    you are the dumbest fuck ever
    good job knowing nothing about music on any level

  • truemetalhead

    Revolver wouldn’t know good metal if it ended up in their own magazine. Of course, we don’t need to worry about THAT ever happening

    • Canibalcorpes97

      dude…youre retarded

      • ur blowin it

        says the man with the cannibal corpse handle. and btw…cannibal…two ‘n’s

  • anon

    You are an idiot my good sir. That is all.

  • anon222

    that is the most half-arsed review i think i’ve ever read in my life. listen to the album properly, and then review it properly you daft shit

  • http://twitter.com/SamboTaylor Sam Taylor

    While the previous comments may be extreme, this review does seem very half baked. It sounds like you only listened to it once.

  • Porpused

    Uh, the tempo slows consistently throughout the album. The vocals are not as aggressive and their transitions, well, there are transitions. Do you know what tempo is? This review is awful on account of its inaccuracies.

  • Canuck Man

    I didn’t even read the rest of this review after the “only break from blistering tempos” part. In fact, the tempo in the “Sex Tapes” outro is faster than parts of many of the songs. And as for the last line “Diverse and innovative, definitely not”, you have know clue what your talking about. As for diverse, in the song “Sex tapes” they talk about current world issues like the Jonas generation, while musically pulling themes from prelude in c minor by rachmaninoff. And as for innovative, c’mon man, did you acctually listen to the album?

    Terrible review.

    P.S. To add on to what Sam Taylor said about only listening to this once, even I who owns every PTH album still has to listen to a new PTH album three or four times before I realize what they’re trying to do. Of course in this day and age making people actually put an effort into understanding art is a sin, it must be served in the most obvious way or else people like CONOR MYHRVOLD won’t take the time to understand it.

  • cpfunk

    The funniest part about this review is that you (CONOR MYHRVOLD), have got the ending mixed up. Throughout the whole review you are discouraging the reader to listen to the album, then you recommended it? Also its one of the most innovative and diverse albums in a long while, especially in its genre. You kind of have to understand music before you start loosely throwing terms out that make it seem like you do…

    Terrible review, great album, but don’t expect to fall in love with it after one go through. Its a definite grower.

  • cpfunk

    The funniest part about this review is that you (CONOR MYHRVOLD), have got the ending mixed up. Throughout the whole review you are discouraging the reader to listen to the album, then you recommended it? Also its one of the most innovative and diverse albums in a long while, especially in its genre. You kind of have to understand music before you start loosely throwing terms out that make it seem like you do…

    Terrible review, great album, but don’t expect to fall in love with it after one go through. Its a definite grower.

  • Asd

    Da fuck

  • Fisk_er_3

    Yeah man this album is definitly good and like many people have said before me it takes a bit for you to really enjoy all of its great aspects dont write a review if you dont know what your talking about