Matias Mäkelä 2b
Protest The Hero
Who are Protest The Hero and what they mean to me?
Two years ago in summer 2011 I was at Myötätuulirock with my friends listening to awesome bands, whilst really only knowing a few of them. It had been a fantastic day there, sun shining very bright coupled with awesome music, surely one of best days in my life. So there we were, waiting for the last band to play for the day, our favorite band of the time Ensiferum, but before that there were quite many bands that we had never heard of and one of them was Protest The Hero. They played quite fast tempo complex progressive metal that I instantly fell in love with and live performance! Even though my friends did not like the band's music at all just because of the singer has so broad vocal range which is in my opinion one of the best things they have in the band! It fits the band so perfectly while bringing so much personality and character to the band that Protest The Hero would be just another progressive metal band without their stunning vocalist, Rody Walker. I need to give credit to the other guys in the band of course too, they are all the masters of their instruments for sure! Luke Hoskin does the lead guitar for the band while Tim Millar does rhythm, they both play fantastic and come with the best melodies and riffs that I've heard and played! Bassist Arif Miradbolbaghi is surely on his own class to keep up with the complexity of the songs and Moe Carlson did write and play perfect drums for the songs, even though he moved onto studying in 2013 while Mike Ieradi taking his place in the band. After the summer 2011 I've been listening to Protest The Hero pretty much nonstop, their music just keep getting better and better the more you listen to it because the music after all is quite complex with all the lyrics and melodies that they require you to listen to them couple of times to really understand the songs well! I too love to play the songs on guitar and drums, while desperately trying to sing Rody's vocals even though it seems pretty impossible.
Protest The Hero's story
The quintet Tim, Rody, Arif, Luke and Moe have been together since elementary school that they went on in their hometown of Whitby, Ontario, Canada. They have been friends for so long time you can quite safely say that they have grown together both personally and musically, Rody has said "I wouldn't really call us a family, but we're definitely more than friends. I've slept in a bed next to Luke more times that I've slept next to my own girlfriend." which tells us pretty much about their friendship!
The band first was named Happy Go Lucky in 2001 and with the name they recorded 3-track demo. In 2002 they changed their name to Protest The Hero that is still present today, even though Rody has stated in many interviews that the name is really outdated and doesn't really make much sense but they go on with it. They recorded their first vinyl when they were only thirteen years...