The critically acclaimed Whitby, Ontario band Protest The Hero sounds like eight or nine classically trained honeybees playing fingerpick guitar solos at the same time. Sometimes one of the bees is also wailing and sometimes one of the bees is shouting or dying. The intricate, hardcore influenced brand of metal will be on display during a two show stop in Halifax on April 9 and 10. It should be one to look out for, especially if you weren't yet born during Operation: Desert Storm.
One secret of heavy metal and its various offshoots is that at heart it is a truly nerdy genre of popular music. To play successful metal, as Protest The Hero does, requires a high level of precision and dedication to craft. Protest The Hero's most recent release, the crowd-sourced Volition, sounds like a wild herd of metal horses cascading down a cliff into the brutal molten steel ocean below.
An exciting facet of this most recent tour is an all-ages show at the Pavillion on April 9. It's wonderful that at least one band out there is thinking of the precious, metal loving children. Truly, they are our dark, burnt-out future, and I'm glad to see outside bands consider all-ages venues where the cybergoths and metal heads of tomorrow can safely suffer permanent ear damage. Meanwhile, Thursday at the Marquee is sure to provide a venue where more aged metal heads can rest their souls for one night while a wash of distortion and pure, true riffs lulls them into the alpha state.
Protest The Hero w/Intervals, The Motorleague, Tactus
Wednesday, April 9 at 6pm, $25/$30
The Pavilion, 5816 Cogswell Street
Thursday, April 10 at 8:30pm, $25/$30
The Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street
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