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Review: Protest The Hero – Volition

voliProgressive metal band Protest The Hero have never had a problem with the technical aspects of metal. Well versed in the art, they’ve never shied away from infusing their breakneck music with elaborate solos, breakdowns and instrumental technicality that would normally scare away those who like their craft a little less cerebral. Their latest album, Volition, makes no mistake of this and continues their streak of albums that are both melodic and accessible, but equally sound technically. It will appease metalheads who like their metal garnished with more than just chugga-chugga riffs and growls.

From the opening salvo of “Clarity”, Volition is robust in breadth and urgency. Many of the songs, like “Drumhead Trial” and “Tilting Against Windmills”, crash together in a tidal wave of razor sharp guitars, intense guitar noodling and a mixture of Rody Walker’s piercing voice and the guttural backdrop of machine gun percussions and screams. The percussions come courtesy of Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler, who replaced departed member Moe Carlson in the studio for the release.

The album was funded through an IndieGoGo campaigned and raised more than $300,000. Fans of the band expect a lot from Protest The Hero and much of the material on Volition should meet and exceed their lofty expectations. There is a lot of uptempo, speed metal on here and anyone needing a break from metal that is far too cerebral and maybe a little indulgent, will probably need to go elsewhere. Volition. But if you like this sort of thing, then shred baby, shred.



Protest The Hero’s Volition is out now via Spinefarm / Razor & Tie Records.

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Music, Sight & Sound

Killswitch Engage pulls heartstrings with “Always” video

The return of Jesse Leach to Killswitch Engage proved to be a musical reawakening for the band. Their latest album, Disarm the Dissent, was a return to their bloody roots of Alive Or Just Breathing and I loved the record.

The band have just released the video for the ballady “Always” from the new album, and the video takes on a similar anthemic tone. Directed by McFarland & Pecci, the video aims to pull at your metal heartstrings. Whether or not it successfully does, well, that’s up to you. The video may be a little mawkish but the song still packs a punch.


The Sword debut “Lawless Lands” video

Texas metal band The Sword continue their intergalactic conquest with the video for the track “Lawless Lands”. The space themed video is the latest from their new album Warp Rider, released this past August. Check out the video above.

The band recently announced the rescheduling of their United States tour after having to cancel the previous routing due to band member changes. The new dates kicked off yesterday and continue on through until mid December.

The Sword will then venture down to Australia next year as part of the Soundwave Festival.


We Came As Romans “move on and grow” on new video

Post-hardcore act We Came As Romans have debuted the brand new video for the track “To Move On Is To Grow”. The fresh track is expected to feature on a new album, set for release some time next year.

The video was directed by Dan Dobi, who has in the past worked with Paramore, Gym Class Heroes and Set Your Goals. The band will be traveling down to Australia next year as part of the No Sleep Til Festival and have announced a headlining European tour with Miss May I and The Word Alive.


Ill Nino debuts “Against the Wall” video

Latin metal act Ill Niño have premiered the video for the single “Against the Wall” on You can check out the new video right here. The video was directed by Scott Hansen in Virginia Beach this past October.

Front man Cristian Machado explains the reason why they shot the video in the woods and how well they worked with director Hansen;

“We did something like a 20 hour shoot in the swamps, Scott is a really driven individual. He knew exactly what he wanted, where he wanted people in the video, the camera angles he wanted to end up with, everything. He and his crew were extremely professional. The reason we’re performing in the woods where there are no material things, is because we wanted to represent things that aren’t of the material world.”

We recently had a talk with Machado about the band’s new album, Dead New World, and their upcoming touring plans. He explained the importance of their fans to them over the course of the last decade, and looks forward to continuing the legacy of the band. You can read the full interview right here.


Converge start writing new album

Massachusetts metal/punk act Converge have begun work on the follow-up to 2009’s acclaimed Axe to Fall. The band have entered Kurt Ballou’s studios in Salem and tweeted the following update;

This week we commence writing a new album together at God City, get ready world…

Get ready world indeed. The band’s blistering style has put them on the forefront of metal-infused hardcore punk, laying waste to timid ears since 1994. The band’s magnum opus, 2001’s Jane Doe, is considered among the genre’s best.

You can check out the video for title track from Axe to Fall right here.


No Sleep Til Festival announces lineup

How long does it take for excitement and anticipation to turn into quiet reservation and slight disappointment? Well, probably from the time it took between this previous article and the one you’re reading now. The much hullabalooed announcement about the Descendents touring Australia was indeed true, and as expected, it will be part of a new festival. Today Blue Murder Touring announced the No Sleep Til Festival, hitting Australian shores this December and featuring a bevy of heavy, an entourage of enormous, with the Descendents the inevitable “hotdog in a hallway”.

So alongside the Descendents, you’ll have to go and pay to see the following acts:

NOFX (see this article)
Dropkick Murphys
Parkway Drive
A Day to Remember
Alkaline Trio
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Frenzal Rhomb
3 Inches of Blood
Suicide Silence
August Burns Red
We Came As Romans
Break Even
House Vs Hurricane
and other nondescript bands.

The injustice of it all is, you can count the number of good bands on this bill with your five fingers. The good news is, it is probably the LEAST shittiest of music festivals in Australia, but alas, a festival is a festival. So the wish continues that if the music Gods were to be so kind as to grant a Descendents sideshow, than all is forgiven.

For those who have terrible taste in music (but discernibly less terrible than all those who go to all the other festivals), then here are the dates for the No Sleep Til Festival:

Sunday 12 December – Perth @ Arena Joondalup
Wednesday 15 December – Adelaide @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Friday 17 December – Melbourne @ Melbourne Showgrounds
Saturday 18 December – Sydney @ Entertainment Quarter, Hordern Pavilion
Sunday 19 December – Brisbane @ RNA Showgrounds Brisbane