It has been a long, long time since we’ve heard anything from Protest The Hero. The last official release we’ve had from the Canadian gang of shredders was the masterpiece Fortress which dropped way back in January 2008. So the boys have been taking their sweet time working on their new album. With 3 cock-teasing studio updates that ended back in December, the silence has finally ended. Protest The Hero has finally graced us with our first official sound off of Scurrilous. 2 things. 1- Its about fucking time. 2- It was worth the wait.
“C’est La Vie” is techy enough to satisfy the famished prog-nerd in us, but also remains more approachable than most Protest songs. It is easily comparable to “Bloodmeat” off of Fortress. Both songs fit naturally into PTH’s song catalogue, but say you were trying to get your girlfriend, or your girlfriend’s hot friend into PTH, they would definitely be the songs you started them out with. “Intro into PTH” songs, so to speak. Now, “C’est La Vie” will still melt your face, as all PTH songs do, but has more structure and direction, with a bit of a chorus that people not associated with Protest will appreciate.
Unfortunately, Scurrilous is not a concept album (which sucks, because Kezia‘s lyrical content was bar none, and Fortress was pretty fucking good in itself.) With that said, the lyrics on “C’est La Vie” may be the most impressive part of the song. Lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi is a master wordsmith, as the last two albums prove. In “C’est La Vie” he plays humorously with the words, as he’s known to do, but this time to a much greater effect. Essentially “C’est La Vie” is one giant pun.
- Stepped off a building to find concrete evidence \ concrete evidence that he’d ever make an impact \ Fiction splattered into fact \ And his fiction splattered into another sidewalk painting on display.
- Stepped off a bridge so he could make a splash \ to make a splash he had to flounder like a fish out of water
I could go on. To be honest I missed most of these the first listen through (the guitars entranced me), but after a few listens they really started to shine. The guitar work is phenomenal as expected with Protest The Hero. Luke (Twiddly) and Tim (Fiddly) are as exciting and expansive as ever. Well-paced, tight, interesting riffs, its everything you want from a PTH song.
I fully expect (hope) that the rest of the album will be more technical than “C’est La Vie”, just as the rest of Fortress was more technical after “Bloodmeat”. The song isn’t a large step in any direction for Protest The Hero, and that suits me just fine. Protest is doing what they’re known for, and doing it well. I fully expect Scurrilous to be one of the top albums of 2011, even if I am just a salivating fan-boy.