Protest the Hero
(often abbreviated as PTH
or simply Protest
) is a Canadian mathcore
band from Whitby
. The Protest line-up has stayed the same since the band formed in 1999, when they were just 12 years old. They originally used the name Happy Go Lucky, but changed their name before releasing their first EP
, A Calculated Use of Sound
which was followed by the release of their first full length, Kezia
, on the indie
label Underground Operations
. On January 23
the band officially signed with Vagrant Records
's United States release. Kezia
was released in the US on April 4
. Their second full length, Fortress
was officially released by Underground Operations in Canada and by Vagrant Records worldwide on January 29
The day that the band members finished their senior final exams, they left on a three-week tour from Toronto to Halifax called "Cock the Vote" in order to gain recognition, as well as raise awareness for the upcoming Canadian election. Protest the Hero's popularity is slowly expanding outside of metal scenes in and around the cities and towns they have performed in. Now teamed up with Universal Music Canada
for distributional services, Protest the Hero hopes to become popular over most of Canada and, with their recent signing to Vagrant Records, the United States as well. In 2004
they won the Canadian Independent Music Award
for Favourite Metal Artist/Group, beating out much more well known Alexisonfire
. They were nominated for the 2006 Canadian Music Week Indie Awards' Favourite Metal Artist/Group, which Kataklysm
won in March of that year. Also in 2006, the band was also nominated for the CASBY Award
. In addition, members of the band appeared in a televised commercial for the instrument store, Long & Mcquade
Bassist Arif was also featured in the Closet Monster music video "Mamma Anti-Facisto (Never Surrender)"; he can be seen to the left of London Spicoluk during the main group scenes.
A music video for their song "These Colours Don't Run" from the album A Calculated Use of Sound was released in 2003. The video begins with the band discussing the meaning of the song and features the band playing the song live at numerous locations in Toronto, Ontario, with the album music dubbed over the actual live recording. At each location, the band would hand out lyrics to passers-by and encourage them to listen or sing along. The band has also released videos for the songs "The Divine Suicide of K", "Blindfolds Aside", and "Heretics and Killers" from Kezia, and for "Bloodmeat" and "Sequoia Throne" from Fortress. The video for "Heretics and Killers" received airplay on MTV2 and FUSE, partially because of the interesting premise of the video: the band play the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz after they were fired. In addition, the song "Divinity Within" is featured on the NHL 07 videogame soundtrack, and "Bury the Hatchet" is featured in a download pack for Guitar Hero II on the Xbox 360. "The Dissentience" from their album Fortress is featured in the latest NHL series release, NHL 09.
Protest The Hero started officially writing music for their newest album in January, 2007. They finished recording it on August 10, as said by Rody during the 2007 Vans Warped Tour in Barrie. The album is called Fortress and was set to be released by Vagrant Records on November 12, however the band had decided to push the release back to January 29, 2008. On May 2nd 2008, Protest The Hero premiered their video for "Sequoia Throne".
Protest the Hero live
Protest the Hero are known for playing with a large stage-presence, largely due to frontman Rody's energetic persona, and the band's constant motion. They have performed and toured with many well-known acts, including Alexisonfire
, Bullet For My Valentine
, Against Me!
, Straight Reads the Line, Between the Buried and Me
, The Ballroom Massacre, fellow label-mates Hostage Life
, I Hate Sally
, Machete Avenue
, The Holly Springs Disaster, Tyler Madarasz, Bombs Over Providence and Closet Monster
, Chiodos, From First to Last and fellow Whitbians
, Arms To Illustrate. From September 2005 until the beginning of June, 2006, Protest the Hero toured over Canada, the United States, and Great Britain in support of Kezia with bands such as Death by Stereo
, Bad Religion
, The Fall of Troy
, The Bled
, and DragonForce
. The band took part in the Vans Warped Tour
during the Summer of 2006. Following this, Protest the Hero toured with Avenged Sevenfold
and 3 Inches of Blood
until October 2006 when they began "The Crusade" tour with Trivium
, The Sword
, and Cellador
, taking them across Canada and the United States. In November 2006, Protest the Hero toured with Welsh metal band Bullet for My Valentine
and As I Lay Dying
. Beginning in the middle of December 2006, Protest The Hero embarked on a cross-Ontario tour, named the Bring Out Your Shred
tour, with I Hate Sally
and The Human Abstract
. This tour was the first in which Kezia was played in its entirety. In late May/early June they co-headlined the Tour and Loathing 2007 Tour with co-headliners All That Remains
, Threat Signal
and The Holly Springs Disaster.
In September 2006, guitarist Luke Hoskin was detained at the Vancouver-US border for possessing a bag with less than 0.2 grams of marijuana, preventing him from continuing on their tour with Trivium and The Sword. In his place the band got Marco Bressette aka "Sparco" from the Canadian rock band Hypodust from September til November 2006, in the band he was referred to as "Xerxes".
On January 28, 2008 the band began a tour through Canada with Silverstein, The Devil Wears Prada, and illScarlett. They continued the tour into the U.S. in late February with the same bands, minus illScarlett, and in addition, A Day To Remember, citing exhaustion and general dissatisfaction with their recent performances. They are scheduled to start touring again in April with Chiodos and Today I Caught the Plague before joining Warped Tour 2008. The band will be on tour with Unearth, The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel, and Gwen Stacy after Warped Tour in the United States; and then will be on a European tour with Unearth, Parkway Drive, Despised Icon, Architects, Whitechapel, and Carnifex.
- (Coles) Notes from the Underground (various artist compilation) (2002)
- Features songs "Break the Chain" and "Asperity of Sin"
- Greetings from the Underground (various artist compilation sampler) (2004)
- Features the song "Soft Targets Dig Softer Graves"
- Things Could Be Worse (Double CD various artist compilation) (2004) (Freedumb Records)
- Features the song "Break the Chain"
- The Power of Music (2-CD various artist compilation) (2005)
- Features the song "An Apathetic New World"
- Warped Tour 2006 Compilation (2 cd various artist compilation) (2006)
- Features the Song "Heretics and Killers"
- "These Colours Don't Run" music video from A Calculated Use of Sound (2003) streaming video from Bedlam Society.
- Orange and Grey DVD (2005)
- Compilation DVD featuring live footage of Protest playing the songs "Silent Genocide", "These Colours Don’t Run", "Red Stars Over the Battle of the Cowshed", and "Fear and Loathing In Laramie"
- "Blindfolds Aside" music video from Kezia (released Nov. 2005).
- "Heretics and Killers" music video from Kezia (released Apr. 2006).
- "The Divine Suicide of K." music video from Kezia (released July 2007)
- "Bloodmeat" music video from Fortress (released Dec. 2007)
- "Sequoia Throne" music video from Fortress (released April 25 2008)