Ready for some more metal? Protest the Hero may fit a mathcore vibe, but they certainly aren't as rough on the ears as Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza and other mathcore pioneers. If you dug 2008's Fortress, you're in for another roller coaster ride of complex, calculated riffs and beats and emotional, hooky tunes with Scurrilous.
On the surface, Protest the Hero doesn't try to do anything new with Scurrilous. The album is full of the same schizophrenic walking guitar lines, the same unpredictable beat changes, the same piercingly high vocals a la lead singer Rody Walker. The band mostly foregoes the growls and screams of old for a more melodic sound, but unlike other bands that nixed the metal vocals for pop sensibility (lookin' your way, Avenged Sevenfold), PTH easily finds a way to make it stick within their usual style.
I haven't been able to give the disc enough spins to figure out whether it's a concept album or not, but it seems to hold together well lyrically. Production quality is pretty flawless, which isn't a surprise considering PTH's consistent quest for recording perfection. Scurrilous is a mature, aggressive album that represents the next chapter in PTH's book of metal decadency. Check out an entire stream of the new album here. (Scroll through the albums to find it.)
"Stepped off a platform and he briefly made the news." - Protest the Hero, "C'est La Vie"