Protest The Hero’s Rody Walker Pays Tribute To Toronto Maple Leafs With “BeLeaf” Song

Protest The Hero frontman Rody Walker has released a Toronto Maple Leafs tribute song titled “BeLeaf.” The track, which also features Protest The Hero drummer Michael Ieradi, can be streamed below:

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Protest The Hero Offer New Album Update

Protest The Hero have offered an update on their new album progress. You can read what they had to say below. The band were working on the effort last year, but had to take a break due to Rody Walker’s vocal issues.

Protest The Hero said the following:

“Hello Friends,

We apologize for the radio silence over here the past few months…

We wanted to take a minute to update you all about our forthcoming record!

In January of 2018, we headed into the studio to undertake the behemoth that will become LP5. In that time, we’ve completed all the guitars, drums and bass and have been starting to put a dent in the vocals. Also, in that time, there have been 2 babies born, 3 tours, several minds lost and found again and countless slices of pizza consumed.

As some of you may have heard, Rody experienced some issues with his voice nearing the end of our Fortress X run in North America last year. When it came to tracking the new record, he was finding that the old voice just wouldn’t cooperate like it used to in the studio.

Long gone were those 8 hour days of singing his greasy little balls off, taking a few shots of scotch when it got a little hoarse, then picking it back up the next day like nothing had happened. In today’s reality, this last piece of the tracking puzzle is taking longer than we had expected. Because of this, we are approaching things differently: tracking vocals in chunks rather than all at once. This will allow Choady to get the takes he is unwilling to move on without, while still giving his precious larynx the rest it deserves.

Having said all that, we are very excited about the way things are sounding! A couple facts about the recording process:

Our friend and former wrestler “Dez Nagle” engineered and produced all of the guitars, bass and drums for the entire album.

Cam McLellan played all the bass except for one song where we employed a very special guest bassist.

Cam will be engineering and producing vocals with Rody the rest of the way.
Mixing and mastering personnel are yet to be determined but are a constant source of email debate.

Album titles, artwork, and release date are next on the list!

While we plan to keep relatively quiet until the record is completed, there is a near future in which you will wish we would shut the fuck up about it.
Thanks for hanging in there and being so patient.

-pth”

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Hello Friends, We apologize for the radio silence over here the past few months… We wanted to take a minute to update you all about our forthcoming record! —— In January of 2018, we headed into the studio to undertake the behemoth that will become LP5. In that time, we've completed all the guitars, drums and bass and have been starting to put a dent in the vocals. Also, in that time, there have been 2 babies born, 3 tours, several minds lost and found again and countless slices of pizza consumed. —— As some of you may have heard, Rody experienced some issues with his voice nearing the end of our Fortress X run in North America last year. When it came to tracking the new record, he was finding that the old voice just wouldn't cooperate like it used to in the studio. Long gone were those 8 hour days of singing his greasy little balls off, taking a few shots of scotch when it got a little hoarse, then picking it back up the next day like nothing had happened. In today's reality, this last piece of the tracking puzzle is taking longer than we had expected. Because of this, we are approaching things differently: tracking vocals in chunks rather than all at once. This will allow Choady to get the takes he is unwilling to move on without, while still giving his precious larynx the rest it deserves. —— Having said all that, we are very excited about the way things are sounding! A couple facts about the recording process: – Our friend and former wrestler "Dez Nagle" engineered and produced all of the guitars, bass and drums for the entire album. -Cam McLellan played all the bass except for one song where we employed a very special guest bassist. -Cam will be engineering and producing vocals with Rody the rest of the way. -Mixing and mastering personnel are yet to be determined, but are a constant source of email debate. Album titles, artwork, and release date are next on the list! While we plan to keep relatively quiet until the record is completed, there is a near future in which you will wish we would shut the fuck up about it. Thanks for hanging in there and being so patient. —— -pth

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Protest The Hero Share New Live Video For “Bloodmeat”

Protest The Hero have shared a new live video for “Bloodmeat” off their 2008 album “Fortress.“ The band commented:

“We had our friend/foe Wyatt Clough join us on the Fartress 10 Year Anniversary Tour. Besides annoying us constantly, he also took some pretty great videos & photos of us rocking! We figured that 10 Years on, we might as well piece together a performance video of Bloodmeat – after all, the original video for BM was the first and only full performance video we ever made… We hope you can spot yourself if you were able to make it to one of these shows. It was definitely a tour to remember for all of us.”

Protest The Hero Release “Kezia X Live” Performance/Mini-Documentary & Vinyl Reissue

Protest The Hero have released their “Kezia X Live” performance/mini-documentary. The film was shot a few years ago during the band’s “Kezia” 10th anniversary shows in Toronto, ON, which featured the group’s original lineup. You can find that at kezia.vhx.tv. In other news, the band have also released a limited edition vinyl version of “Kezia.“ It is limited to 500 copies and can be purchased HERE. It’s worth noting that there is a bundle with the vinyl, film, and a bonus book on the making of “Kezia.“

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Kezia Day is Here! As teased yesterday, we have two big announcements today: 1. The "Kezia X Live" performance / mini doc is finally available. It is a full set comprised of bits and pieces of our final three shows on the Kezia X tour of Canada with the original line up. It also has heart warming interviews sprinkled throughout – it's a pretty cool piece! To check it out, go here: kezia.vhx.tv 2. We have just released a Limited Re-Issue of Kezia on a Double Disc LP! She's available over at @sheethappenspublishing (click the link in their bio) 3. If you want all of the above and an amazing 155 page, behind the scenes book about the making and release of Kezia – you can grab em all in a bundle at Sheet Happens too!

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Protest The Hero To Release 10th Anniversary Vinyl Box Set Version Of “Fortress”

Protest The Hero will be releasing a 10th anniversary vinyl box set version of “Fortress” on November 6. It will be limited to 1,000 copies and pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s what the set will include:

  • Full Colour Lift Off Lid Box Sets, Black Flood on Inside, Anti-Scratch Silky Matte Lamination
  • Belted w/ 2″ Full Color Crown Obi Strip
  • 2x 12″ Double Sided 180g records
  • LP1 – Fortress Remastered for Vinyl (Opaque Purple LP)
  • LP2 – Fortress Instrumental Version Remastered for Vinyl (Opaque Pink LP)
  • Records Housed in PVC Gatefold Flap
  • 3 x 3′ Fortress 10 Yr Artwork Flag
  • Custom Enamel Pin Set (3 Fortress Tracklisting Icon Pins)
  • 4x 20pt Card Stock Lyric Lithos (Double Sided w/ artwork on one side, lyrics on the other)
  • Commemorative Tour Laminate from Fortress 10 yr Tour

[via The PRP]

Protest The Hero Cancel Upcoming Tours Due To Vocal Issues

Protest The Hero have cancelled their UK, European and Japanese tours. The decision comes as a result of frontman Rody Walker suffering with vocal issues.

The band posted the following:

“UK, Europe and Japan:

We regret to inform you that we will be cancelling our summer tours in your wonderful countries due to unforeseen circumstances.

During the Fortress X North American tour, Rody started to develop issues with his voice which carried on for the duration of the tour. Near the end, we were almost forced to cancel our three shows in Toronto because of it.

Early last week, our producer flew to Toronto to begin tracking vocals for our new record (LP 5) – something we have been quietly working on for a couple years now. After only a few hours in the vocal booth, Rody’s vocal issues began to surface.
Rody and our producer were forced to stop tracking – worried that he may do irreparable damage to his vocal chords.

We have no other choice than to postpone our recording sessions, and cancel our tours this summer.

As of this moment, there are no plans to make up these shows. The next time we visit your countries will be on a headline tour in support of our new album.

You can read Rody’s personal statement below.

Sincerely,

Protest The Hero

—–

From Rody:

Dear European and Japanese friends,

You know when you’re hearing from Choady it’s bad news, and this time will be no different. Unfortunately, the rest of the Fortress tour is cancelled. I completely frigged myself on the North American portion of the tour. I assumed it would be like any other tour, a few days off and I’m good to go, however, I was mistaken.

I don’t know whether it’s my age or so many years of improperly using my voice, but it’s not snapping back the way it once did. At this point, I’m worried that heading back on tour would result in irreparable damage. So, I’m going back to the basics, I’m going to figure out what I’m doing wrong and learn how to sing properly, all while attempting to record the new album.

This sucks, and I’m very sorry. I hate disappointing people, but I have to put my health first.

Choadecency”

Protest The Hero & Norma Jean To Combine Anniversary Tours For Upcoming European/UK Trek

Protest The Hero and Norma Jean have announced a co-headlining European/UK tour. Protest The Hero will be performing “Fortress” in full on the trek, while Norma Jean will be performing “Redeemer” in full. Loathe and Cyclamen will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

07/05 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
07/06 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
07/07 Birmingham, UK – Asylum
07/08 Newark, UK – Tech Fest
07/10 Glasgow, UK – Garage
07/11 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
07/12 London, UK – O2 Islington Academy
07/13 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka
07/14 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli Pandora
07/16 Berlin, GER – Musik and Frieden
07/17 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
07/18 Prague, CZE – Futurum
07/19 Budapest, HUN – A38
07/20 Pinarella Di Cervia, ITA – Rockplanet
07/21 Munchen, GER – Free & Easy