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Protest The Hero

Formed: 1999
From: Ontario, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Protest The Hero News

Below is our complete Protest The Hero news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Protest The Hero Bassist To Sit Out Tour Dates

Protest The Hero has checked in with the following announcement about bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi missing upcoming tour dates:

"Arif has decided that the touring schedule we have signed up for to support Volition is more intense than what he is prepared to commit. He is actively involved with other projects at home and being a full time band member isn't a practical thing.

"Though he has and will be missed out on the road with his brothers, everything was left on a positive note and we are open to his involvement down the road and only time will see how it all plays out.

"In the meantime, our longtime friend and tourmate Cam McLellan will be filling in on bass duties for the rest of the cycle. As an amazing musician, co-writer and producer of Volition, he is more than capable to pick off where Riffy left off.

"Don't fret, Cam's working on his giant happy smile and well placed high kicks during our set!" More...

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Protest The Hero Posts New Video

Protest The Hero has released a new live video for "Tilting Against Windmills," featuring footage compiled from two tours supporting Volition.

Check it out in the player below, courtesy of Metalsucks.net. You can also check out the band's previously posted video for "Underbite" at this location.

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Battlecross Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

Battlecross, which just returned home from a tour in Europe, is now set to hit the road in the States this weekend on a U.S. tour featuring Protest the Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. The first date of the tour is in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, March 1st and wraps up in Amityville, NY on April 6th.

The band comments: "We just had an amazing run with Killswitch Engage and Trivium in Europe and we're stoked to be with them yet again in the US! We're going to have a blast with our fans and hopefully make some new ones!"

The touring doesn't stop here though, as Battlecross will be playing dates with Killswitch Engage and Trivium as well as making a stop at the infamous New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. See the band live on these dates: More...

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Night Verses Announces U.S. Tour

Kicking off the new year with an extensive run of dates around the world, Night Verses is beyond excited to announce that the band will be supporting Protest The Hero the U.S. starting March 1st in Buffalo, NY.

Frontman Douglas Robinson enthuses “Protest the Hero, Battlecross, Safety Fire, and Intervals are forward thinking bands and we’ve been very fortunate to continue touring with artists who share our ideals at such an early stage in our career.”

Night Verses’ debut album "Lift Your Existence" was released last year and you can see the music video for "Yours" below. More...

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Battlecross Comments On Upcoming Shows

As was announced yesterday, Detroit, Michigan-based metallers Battlecross will be joining Canada's Protest The Hero as direct support on the band's spring U.S. tour, set to commence March 1st in Buffalo. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 24th.

Guitarist Tony Asta comments: "Battlecross is very excited to hit the road with Protest The Hero! They seem like a very successful, humble group of guys who don't take things too seriously yet are serious about the business -- a good role model for all modern bands and we can't wait to get to know them on the road. Oh yeah and they're shredders! Being direct support is a huge honor and we won't let anyone down. This is a very unique tour package and we can't wait to play to new crowds as well as expose some of our fans to bands they may not have seen yet. See you all in the road this spring!"

The latest Battlecross effort, "War Of Will," saw the band on the road as a part of 2013's Rockstar Mayhem Festival and debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the Top Current Albums chart, #2 on the Heatseeker chart, #15 on the Current Hard Music chart, #16 on the Hard Music Overall chart, and #32 on the Independent Albums chart. See the band live: More...

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Battlecross To Tour With Protest The Hero

Battlecross will hit the road supporting Protest The Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. Dates for the trek are as follows:

Sat/Mar-01 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Sun/Mar-02 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mon/Mar-03 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Tue/Mar-04 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
Wed/Mar-05 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
Fri/Mar-07 Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Hall
Sat/Mar-08 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Sun/Mar-09 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Mon/Mar-10 Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Tue/Mar-11 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre & Club
Wed/Mar-12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri/Mar-14 Spokane, WA @ The Hop
Sat/Mar-15 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sun/Mar-16 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
Mon/Mar-17 Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
Tue/Mar-18 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Wed/Mar-19 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Fri/Mar-21 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Backroom
Sat/Mar-22 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Sun/Mar-23 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
Mon/Mar-24 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
Wed/Mar-26 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Thu/Mar-27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Fri/Mar-28 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Sat/Mar-29 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By The Sea
Sun/Mar-30 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Tue/Apr-01 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Wed/Apr-02 Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel
Thu/Apr-03 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Fri/Apr-04 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Sat/Apr-05 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
Sun/Apr-06 Amityville, NY @ Revolution More...

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Architects Drops Off Tour

Architects has posted the following message online about dropping off the band's current tour with Protest The Hero and Affiance:

"There's no easy way to say this but we have decided to pull out of the remaining Protest the Hero shows in the US. In the interests of honesty, avoiding ambiguity and the standard 'personal reasons' line, we want to explain our reasons clearly.

"A big factor in this was beginning this tour immediately after an extremely intense period recording our new album, which had already left us burnt out and mentally / physically exhausted. Simply said - we have nothing left in us after the extremely long year we have had thus far. We have hit a brick wall and desperately need a break to be home, get healthy and clear our minds for the remainder of the year.

"We haven't taken this decision lightly. We make it carrying a great deal of guilt for letting down the bands we're on tour with and the fans that have bought tickets, and to them we are sorry. This is the first time in 8 years of touring that we've ever had to do anything like this and it makes us feel extremely uncomfortable. This is also a not a financially motivated decision, exiting this tour means we lose out on a good amount of money, but somethings are more important. Protest is of course going on with the tour and they will announce our replacement soon.

"Again - we are deeply sorry to everyone we have let down. We will be back next year, revitalized and with a brand new album."

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Protest The Hero Posts Puppet Video

Protest The Hero has launched a new video clip for "Underbite," which can be viewed below, and the band comments:

"Hopefully none of you are aware we made a full blown puppet music video for TOUR LAUNCH! Without further ado, here is our brand new music video for 'Underbite.'

"Many thanks for our friend / director Marc Ricciardelli for turning such a goofy idea into an amazing thing."

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Protest The Hero Bassist To Sit Out Tour

Protest The Hero, which recently posted the full "Volition" album online, has now announced that Arif Mirabdolbaghi will not be touring with the band. Arif comments:

"Riff here. It's with a heavy heart that I'm writing to say I won't be joining PTH on the upcoming North American tour. As you can readily imagine, this is the most challenging decision I've ever made as a part of this wonderful band and I have not done so lightly.

"Over the past several years, I've been working closely with some very talented performers in creating a stage adaptation of a Dostoevsky story entitled The Double. We debuted February 2012 to enthusiastic audiences which, through good fortune and hard work, has led to a new staging of the show at a different theatre as part of their official season. These dates were originally tailored to work around the PTH schedule but (as all of you musicians undoubtedly know) creating an album is a series of missed deadlines and inevitably takes longer than expected. The results left us with two options: wait two months with a finished album for my play to be over, or release the music we're so proud of and bring the show to you as soon as possible. The band, as they say, played on. More...

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Protest The Hero Streams Full Album

Protest The Hero has teamed up with Loudwire to stream the band's full new album "Volition." You can stream the release in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Clarity
2. Drumhead Trial
3. Tilting Against Windmills
4. Without Prejudice
5. Yellow Teeth
6. Plato’s Tripartite
7. A Life Embossed
8. Mist
9. Underbite
10. Animal Bones
11. Skies

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Protest The Hero Streaming New Song

Protest The Hero has released a new track online titled "Drumhead Trial," which can be heard below. The band also comments:

"Although it was not our initial intention to release this song next... we have put up an official copy of 'Drumhead Trial' for you guys to hear.

"We heard a bunch of terrible versions of this on youtube after it aired on radio in the US. If you had the misfortune of hearing one of these monstrosities - our sincerest. Hopefully you can at least rip your heartless comments on a version that sounds a little better. I hope you are all happy - the people have won this round ha!

"This song features our friend Kayla Howran ripping some vocals toward the end! It also features Ron Jarzombek destroying Luke in a trade-off guitar solo!" More...

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Protest The Hero Asks: Star Wars Or Star Trek?

In the never ending battle of the nerds, Protest The Hero readdresses an epic schism: Star Wars, or Star Trek? Check out the band's new lyric video for "Clarity" in the player below, courtesy of Altpress.com.

Protest The Hero's "Volition" is due out October 29th, 2013 and can be pre-ordered at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Clarity
2. Drumhead Trial
3. Tilting Against Windmills
4. Without Prejudice
5. Yellow Teeth
6. Plato’s Tripartite
7. A Life Embossed
8. Mist
9. Underbite
10. Animal Bones
11. Skies

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Affiance Announces Tour With Protest The Hero

Cleveland's Affiance will tour the U.S. with Protest The Hero, Architects, and The Skindred from November 7th to December 15th All dates are below. This tour follows up Affiance's recent U.S. run with Killswitch Engage and Darkest Hour.

Affiance singer Dennis Tvrdik commented on the tour, "So many of our fans have been wanting this to happen for years and now it finally happened! This couldn't be a better tour for us to follow the last one we did with Killswitch Engage. We are just excited to be on another really solid tour with not only great bands, but bands we are actually fans of."

The new Affiance album "The Campaign" has had a successful first few months, charting at #7 Heatseekers, #7 Top New Artist, #37 Top Hard Albums, and #53 Top Indie Albums. Tvrdik commented, "We are absolutely stoked that we charted on Billboard! Our fans are insanely supportive and believe in us not only as a band but as people. Thank you to everyone who bought The Campaign. We are forever grateful!" More...

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Protest The Hero Splits With Drummer

Protest the Hero has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Moe Carlson:

"We know we have been silent for the past couple months while we record this beast, but we assure you it's almost done and is turning out extremely well. We plan on releasing our beloved 'pupdates' throughout the summer while we set up to release this new album so stay tuned for that.

"With all this incredible progress, however, we have some sad news. Our brother and friend Moe has decided to leave the band to go back to school in pursuit of some of his other passions. When our grueling studio schedule just wouldn't work with his grueling school schedule, we realized we would need to find a session player for the new album.

"With Moe's guidance and approval, we found us a nice match in Chris Adler! Having known Chris for a few years, and with he and Moe being drum-buddies, it seemed like a perfect fit. We are happy to say that Chris has already come and gone from Canada and has left us with some beautiful drum tracks. Can't wait for you all to hear it!"

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Protest The Hero Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

The members of Protest The Hero have decided to go DIY and raise the funds for an upcoming new record themselves. They have decided to use the crowd-funding website IndieGoGo for their campaign. The fundraising starts today and will run for the next 30 days.

The band is offering many "perks" on the site that are only available during this time period and are exclusive to the campaign. Protest The Hero plans to go into the studio in March to record the fourth studio album. For information on the Protest The Hero IndieGoGo project, go to this location.

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All Else Fails Announces Upcoming Live Shows

Edmonton's mischievous metallers All Else Fails are proud to announce they will be supporting West coast punkers Dayglo Abortions, Montreal's colossal Endast, Canadian prog metal giants Protest The Hero, and ska/metal/funk blenders Ninjaspy as they all tour through AEF's home province of Alberta.

Details on the run of shows are as follows:

Sept 21, 2012 - The Studio Music Foundation - Edmonton, AB w/ Weapons of Mass Distraction and The Dayglo Abortions
November 1, 2012 - The Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB w/ Endast, These Colors Don't Run, Submerge, Tyrant
November 10, 2012 - The Vat - Red Deer, AB - w/ Protest The Hero, Ninjaspy

In additional news, All Else Fails released Episode 4, "Working For A Living," from the webisode series Breaking Acclaim, which is now streaming right here.

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Heavy MTL Fest 2012 Lineup Announced

The organizers of the Heavy MTL festival have now announced the lineup for the 2012 edition, which will take place on August 11th and 12th in Montreal. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Saturday August 11th

SYSTEM OF A DOWN
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
CANNIBAL CORPSE
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
JOB FOR A COWBOY
KATAKLYSM
PERIPHERY
THE FACELESS
VEIL OF MAYA
GOATWHORE
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
ROSE FUNERAL
ORIGIN
EXHUMED More...

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N.E. Metal And Hardcore Festival Announces Line Up

The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 14 has announced the line-up for all three days of the event, which will occur from April 20-22nd at the Worcester Palladium. This is the longest running festival in the U.S., and the acts scheduled for each of the days follow below. More acts are being confirmed for this 14th annual festival as we speak. For ticket information head over to the festival's website.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20th:

The Black Dahlia Murder
The Acacia Strain
Oceano
All Shall Perish
Nile
Skeletonwitch
Lionheart
Fleshgod Apocalypse
First Blood
Molotov Solution
The Contortionist
Reign Supreme
Conducting From The Grave
Fit For An Autopsy
Incendiary
Palehorse
Hour Of Penance
Legion and Relentless More...

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Obey The Brave To Play NEMHF 2012

Canadian metal/hardcore band Obey The Brave will make its U.S. debut at the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Friday, April 20th.

The new band features former members of Century Media recording artists Despised Icon and Mediaskare's Blind Witness.

"Some of my favorite touring memories took place at the Palladium," said vocalist Alex Erian. "So stoked to be back and can't wait to play Obey The Braves' first US show ever at the NEMHF. Shit's about to get real, fellas."

Obey The Brave is managed by Good Fight Entertainment and is now working on its debut album for a label to be announced.

The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. More...

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Dragonforce To Kick Off U.S. Tour At NEMHF

Dragonforce announced that the band will kick off the U.S. Tour with an appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass on April 21, 2012. The festival runs from April 20-22, 2012. Dragonforce will be one of the headlining acts on Saturday with All That Remains and Overkill.

The new Dragonforce record "The Power Within" is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.

The full lineup for the Saturday portion of the festival is as follows:

All That Remains
Dragonforce
Overkill
iwrestledabearonce
Protest the Hero
Periphery
Bane
Belphegor
Structures
Malefice
Elitist
Suidakra More...

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