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Protest the Hero – Volition

With each passing album, bands the world over are met with complaints from fans that their earlier work was their best. For a while, it seemed as though Protest the Hero were going to fall victim to this perceived degradation of quality. Kezia (2005) and Fortress (2008) are regarded as classics by many, so when the lyrical pen was traded from bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi to frontman Rody Walker for Scurrilous (2011), many took notice. Gone were the philosophical concepts and stories involving sexism, religion, and political opposition, and the focus was instead turned to tongue in cheek social and personal commentary. Without grand lyrical concepts to inspire an epic soundtrack, Scurrilous was without the emotional hooks and powerful orchestration that made Protest the Hero such an intense listen.