Scurrilous

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Canadian progressive/post-hardcore/punk/thrash metal outfit Protest the Hero's third studio album ditched the keyboards and strings that peppered 2008's critically acclaimed Fortress. Stripped down, punishing, and more aloof than the two previous albums, the lack of any unifying theme makes Scurrilous a less inclusive outing, though the quintet's penchant for crafting impossibly precise breakdowns, staccato leads, and unpredictable melodies is far from diminished. This shift from fantasy to the personal feels right for a band whose members are hitting their mid-twenties, and vocalist/lyricist Rody Walker, freed from any kind of conceptual framework, offers up ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Canadian progressive/post-hardcore/punk/thrash metal outfit Protest the Hero's third studio album ditched the keyboards and strings that peppered 2008's critically acclaimed Fortress. Stripped down, punishing, and more aloof than the two previous albums, the lack of any unifying theme makes Scurrilous a less inclusive outing, though the quintet's penchant for crafting impossibly precise breakdowns, staccato leads, and unpredictable melodies is far from diminished. This shift from fantasy to the personal feels right for a band whose members are hitting their mid-twenties, and vocalist/lyricist Rody Walker, freed from any kind of conceptual framework, offers up some gems here, touching on everything from cancer "Tandem" and mental illness "Tongue Splitter" to cigarette addiction "Hair-Trigger" and life on the road "Moonlight", but it's Scurrilous' divisive closing track that feels the most evolved. "Sex Tapes," a fiery and ferocious cautionary tale of sex in the digital age, that manages to work in both the Jonas Brothers and a melody cribbed from Sergei Rachmaninoff, skillfully walks the line between emo parody and powerful social commentary, and while it may not be what fans looking for more Coheed and Cambria-meets-Iron Maiden mysticism were expecting there is still some of that, specifically on the excellent "Termites", like the rest of Scurrilous, it's hard to argue with its execution and conviction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2011
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • UPC: 601091065925
  • Catalog Number: 659
  • Sales rank: 39,020

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 C'est La Vie (3:31)
  2. 2 Hair-Trigger (4:48)
  3. 3 Tandem (5:14)
  4. 4 Moonlight (4:48)
  5. 5 Tapestry (4:33)
  6. 6 Dunsel (4:52)
  7. 7 The Reign of Unending Terror (3:23)
  8. 8 Termites (3:55)
  9. 9 Tongue-Splitter (4:34)
  10. 10 Sex Tapes (4:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Protest the Hero Primary Artist
Chris Hannah Vocals
Rody Walker Group Member
Tim Millar Keyboards, Group Member
Luke Hoskin Vocals, Group Member
Moe Carlson Group Member
Arif Mirabdolbaghi Group Member
Jadea Kelly Vocals
Julius Butty Vocals
Porter Hoskin Vocals
Technical Credits
Sergey Rachmaninov Inspiration
Nick Blagona Engineer
Larry Mazer Management
Joao Carvalho Mastering
Ben Goetting Layout
Andy Mack Guitar Techician
Julius "The Juice" Butty Producer, Engineer
Protest the Hero Composer
Rody Walker Composer
Arif Mirabdolbaghi Composer
Josh Kline Booking
Marco Walzel Booking
Jeff Zurba Drum Technician
Greg Pavlica Guitar Techician
Jafar Petgar Artwork
Colin Lewis Booking
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