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Protest The Hero - Pacific Myth Canadian progressive metallers from Ontario explored different means of releasing new music with their latest EP ‘Pacific Myth’ which was a subscriptionlike platform, where fans would get a new song every month. This release marked the band's first release with Cam McLellan on bass and Mike Ieradi on drums. First song ‘Tidal’ is frantic and brimming with depth and intricate guitar work along with soaring distinctive vocals from frontman Rody Walker. A great and blistering way to kick things off. The first song unleashed ‘Ragging Tooth’ fires off even more rapidly, before going between slower tempos and wonderful chaotic rhythms with dancing groove ridden melodies. Fiercer vocals are present here, giving it further bite. ‘Cold Water’ is a sonic and complex stand out track, with exquisite progressive musicianship hitting you in waves of musical layers and texture. Whilst ‘Cataract’ takes the progression to a new level, being one of the heaviest and weighty offerings and features guest vocals from a friend of the band and lead vocalist of Mandroid Echostar, Michael Ciccia, making it more dynamic.

‘Harbinger’ brings a different direction in sound with a haunting dramatic piano intro before harsh growled vocals come in. Saving the longest track they have ever produced to last with ‘Caravan’ they highlight all their best and definitive characteristics in an epic fashion, with sweet melodies that transcend into developing manic outbursts that increase in power and consume all. Protest The Hero produce another finely crafted sturdy release with this EP, which will tide fans over until the next full release as well as no doubt bridging the gap between an exploration of new sounds to come from them. This is mighty and expansive as ever, and will certainly satisfy existing fans with their typical intelligible and frenzied tones. CL

Purusa - Soundtrack This is a combination between soft rock and country that is not very attention grabbing and is somewhat forgettable. Once you are past the slow whirring very apt film like opening it goes into a generic drum beat that slows into the verse. After a few bars of the verse the country rock guitar lead starts to scream above all else, it is super loud in comparison to the rhythm section. The mixing here is odd as the very loud lead guitar that is only matched by the vocals really do draw all the focus from the listener as the other musicianship is being drowned out. You can’t really blame the group though as they wish to highlight a guitar solo and the strength of the vocals but sadly there isn’t much to highlight as they are too mediocre. EJ

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Issue 44 of Stencil Mag  

Rise Against, Evanescence, Bowling For Soup, Tonight Alive, Dropkick Murphys, Miss May I, Memphis May Fire, Goldfinger, CKY, Motionless In W...

Issue 44 of Stencil Mag  

Rise Against, Evanescence, Bowling For Soup, Tonight Alive, Dropkick Murphys, Miss May I, Memphis May Fire, Goldfinger, CKY, Motionless In W...

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