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 have been working on the effort for awhile, but they had to take a break last year due to Rody Walker’s vocal issues.

Here’s the group’s latest update:

“Oh, Hello There…

It has been a little over 6 months since our last update in February. So it needs to be said off the top – thanks for your patience! Believe it or not, a lot has happened since February.

Let’s get right to it shall we?

Choady seems to be winning his quarrel with voice-burglars. After off-and-on months of recording what they could, the month of June presented Rody and our vocal producer (Cam) with a decision. Cam was leaving forever on tour with Daniel Caesar (Cam does front of house sound for DC). It sounded like Cam and Rody wouldn’t be able to continue recording until 2020, when Cam would be available again.

Obviously, another delay in recording was not something any of us were prepared to consider. Then, as if summoned from some heaven-like cloud-city where people are significantly more attractive than here on earth, our friend / producer Anthony K turned up to lend a hand. Actually, he simply left his house near Yorkdale Shopping Center and drove to Whitby where Choady had been recording.

Together, both Rody and Anthony agreed that it was time to say ‘fuck it’ and get this thing dusted. And so, that’s exactly what they are doing. At it again full time, Rody has reported his voice feels better than he can remember. The rough mixes of these tracks are telling a similar story – he sounds great, confident, and a bit more pissed off than usual. It’s awesome to hear it come together!

Cam and Anthony will continue to produce the vocals together. We also haven’t forgotten about Dez (nor he about us) – as he is still providing crucial notes from his castle in Washington, and is set to be the master of puppeteers when it comes to the handling of mixes and delivery of the final album.

While all this vocal progress is being made, the rest of us are working with our friend and composer Milen to orchestrate additional instrumentation on each song. Our goal is to create our biggest sounding record yet, and that includes opening ourselves up to new instruments and arrangements. It really is some exciting new territory… (while at the same time, kind of familiar – as records like Fortress were peppered with crazy additional production).

We have hired an incredible artist to take the reigns on the record’s artwork…and let’s just say after seeing some initial sketches, they know what the fuck they are doing! As you may know, the artwork for our records has always been important to us. So, with this record, we made sure to share the lyrics for each song, and explained the concept clearly before then turning it over to the artist completely. It’s very satisfying when an artist just ‘gets it’ so quickly and confidently.

All this positive news is still accompanied with some question marks… As of now, we aren’t sure who will mix and master the record – but you will know when we do. We also don’t have any confirmed release date either. But if we are speaking realistically, it’s toward the very end of this year or the first few months of next.

This record has been our most trying. It has demanded our utmost patience and perseverance, but we are finally turning a corner. Feels like we have really had to fight for this one – and the struggle has really made us appreciate how lucky we are to still be in the position to make music. An immense thanks for your patience (if you are still with us!). The hardest part is in the rearview.

More updates soon.
-pth”

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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:

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”