Protest The Hero Book Canadian Shows For March, Announce Altered Lineup

Protest The Hero have booked some Canadian shows for March 2022. The concerts will find the band performing with guitarist Ben Davis, who is taking over for Luke Hoskin as he steps back from touring, and touring bassist Henry Selva.

Tour Dates:

03/01 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
03/02 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
03/03 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
03/05 London, ON – London Music Hall
03/11 Toronto, ON – Danforth

The group said the following:

“It has been over 3 years since we played our last show. Hard to believe we were in the midst of putting the final touches on Palimpsest when the world shut down. So we’re happy to announce it’s finally time for us to get back out there with some Ontario/Quebec dates in March.

In the initial planning stages for the Palimpsest record cycle, we had some dates booked in 2020 that never got announced. To be frank, it was a tour to see if we wanted to continue touring — a way to dip a toe back in to see if that lifestyle still worked with our middle-aged, adulting lives.

When we didn’t get that chance to hit the road during the pandemic lock-downs, some of us were relieved and others were disappointed. When the conversation came up again, Luke expressed that he was relieved when we had to cancel the shows in 2020, while the remaining 3 of us were still keen to play shows if it could work.

We came to the difficult decision that we’d continue performing and look for a suitable live guitarist for the touring band. However, never fear. Dear Truke will continue to be involved in many other areas like writing, recording, and editing pupdates.”

Hoskin added:

“First I want to say that I have tossed and turned many nights debating this decision. Myself and the rest of PTH have been playing live for more than half of our lives at this point, so walking away from one of the things I know best was not an easy decision.

As the band took a pause from live music (as we all did when the pandemic hit), it gave me some time to gain clarity. Though my heart went out to other artists who felt the detrimental effects of not being able to tour, I found myself feeling the opposite: somewhat relieved that touring was off the table.

I have always believed that the stress associated with touring was worth it in the end. A day filled with challenges and tension was always relieved by the hour (or so) we got to play at night. And while that rings true for most of my touring career, at some point, my love of playing live started to wane making it tougher for me to justify all the other challenges that came with it.

I found myself just trying to ‘get through it’ rather than soak it up and enjoy the process. Knowing that, I am certain it’s time for me to step back from the live side of things.

I can say without any hesitation that the fellas in the band who are continuing on with the show still truly love it. Night after night, I’ve watched them relish the moments they got to spend on stage, each one of them glowing after the set. Showgoers, you’ll be in the best of hands moving forward.”

The band continued:

“When we were racking our brains for who could fill Truke‘s big sneakers, Michael suggested Ben Davis. Ben is an amazing guitarist who played with Michael for many years in his previous band. So we are thrilled to announce that Ben will be ripping it up stage right for these upcoming shows.

In addition to having Ben wielding a six string, we have the pleasure of announcing that Henry “Hankzerclues” Selva from The Human Abstract will be playing bass and bringing his best Soulfly stomp to the stage for PTH. Hank has been someone we’ve known for years, and spent many days on tour with. So we are happy to have him now sharing the stage.

Our band is a community that is far larger than the ‘members’ you see on stage. Over the years, there have been many people involved in making Protest The Hero what it is today. There are many roles that need to be filled to make this all work, and in the past, it may have been a more rigid ‘are you in or are you out?’ These days, it definitely takes a village, and we are happy to welcome our two newest idiots.”

Watch Testament, Protest The Hero, The Acacia Strain, Etc. Members Cover Toto’s “Hold The Line”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Toto‘s “Hold The Line” with Rody Walker (Protest The Hero), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Devin Shidaker (The Acacia Strain), Samantha Mobley (Frozen Soul), Emily Lee (Shearwater, Loma), and Tanner Wayne (In Flames). You can check that out below:

Dig The Grave Use Cameo To Create “ISO” Reaction Video Featuring Members Of Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Mudvayne, Etc.

Dig The Grave have premiered a new video for their song “ISO.“ The group used Cameo to make the clip, which features: Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Derrick Green (Sepultura), Chad Gray (Mudvayne HELLYEAH), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) Beefcake The Mighty (GWAR), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Mark Hunter (Chimaira), Elias Soriano (Nonpoint), Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), George Pettit (Alexisonfire), Tia Carrere (Crucial Taunt), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Erik “Smelly” Sandin (NOFX), Andy Cizek (Monuments), Dan Kenny (Suicide Silence), and Rody Walker (Protest The Hero).

Protest The Hero’s Rody Walker To Release New Solo Album “Home Made” This Month, Streams New Song “Hey Roddy”

Protest The Hero’s Rody Walker has announced that he will be releasing a new solo album titled “Home Made“ on March 28. You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“Home Made” Track Listing:

01. “Hey Roddy”
02. “Home Made”
03. “I’ll Be There”
04. “If You Light The Way”
05. “Old Cassette”
06. “Muscle Beach Eat Shit”
07. “Paper Skeletons”
08. “Sick In A Bad Way, Bad In A Sick Way”

Walker commented:

“On March 28TH I’m releasing this 8 song record. It’s called Home Made, and it’s exactly that. I wrote all the songs on Ukulele and then I sent them to my man Daniel Hay where he basically removed my shitty Uke playing and added so much more. He also mixed it, which inspired the title. We’re two guys that don’t really know what we’re doing, and thus it’s not perfect, which adds some real character to it in my opinion.

It’s way more chill than anything I’ve ever released, which makes me a little nervous, but I’m extremely proud of it and I hope you enjoy it.

Also on the 29th I’ll be performing the whole damn thing live on my twitch.

There’s a whole lot more to it than that, and many other people that helped along the way but I’ll leave it at that for now.”

You can stream the record’s opening track “Hey Roddy” below:

Protest The Hero, Kataklysm, Silverstein, Annihilator, Etc. Nominated For 2021 Juno Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2021 JUNO Awards. The ceremony will take place in Toronto, ON on May 16 and the nominees for the rock/metal categories can be found below:

Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year:

  • Annihilator – “Ballistic, Sadistic“
  • Kataklysm – “Unconquered“
  • Protest The Hero – “Palimpsest“
  • Unleash The Archers – “Abyss“
  • Vile Creature – “Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!“

Rock Album Of The Year:

  • Crown Lands – “Crown Lands“
  • JJ Wilde – “Ruthless“
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Colorado“
  • Sam Roberts Band – “All Of Us“
  • Silverstein – “A Beautiful Place To Drown“

Rody Walker (Protest The Hero) To Release New Album This Month

Protest The Hero’s Rody Walker released a new EP, titled “Sharks Fly,” yesterday (February 28) and now it looks like more new music is on the way. According to the frontman, the EP will be followed by a full album later this month.

Rody Walker (Protest The Hero) Releases New Solo EP “Sharks Fly”

Protest The Hero frontman Rody Walker has released a new solo EP titled “Sharks Fly.“ The effort, which can be streamed below, features the following tracks:

01. “Sharks Fly”
02. “Hey Stephen King”
03. “Summer ’06”

Rody Walker (Protest The Hero) To Release New Solo EP “Sharks Fly” This Month

Protest The Hero frontman Rody Walker will be releasing a new solo EP titled “Sharks Fly“ on February 28. The effort is expected to feature three tracks and the cover art for it can be seen below:

Watch Protest The Hero, Dethklok, Etc. Members Cover Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Oingo Boingo‘s “Dead Man’s Party” with Rody Walker (Protest The Hero), Nili Brosh (Danny Elfman, “Cirque du Soleil”, etc.), Pete Griffin (Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Dethklok), and Mike Ieradi (Protest The Hero). “Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:

“It’s the Halloween jam you never knew was you needed! We asked Nili to shred on this track before anyone knew she was Danny Elfman‘s new guitarist. Trick or Treat! This is our 27th bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com.”

Protest The Hero Release “Palimpsest” B-Sides EP “Fabula & Syuzhet”

Protest The Hero have released a new EP titled “Fabula & Syuzhet.” That effort comes with two songs including “Gift Horse” and “The Duelling Cavalier.“ Both of those tracks were previously only available as bonus tracks on select editions of the band’s latest album “Palimpsest.“