April 2, 2018
VANCOUVER – It was a night to remember for Protest the Hero fans, old and older. The legendary Canadian prog-metallers delighted patrons of the Rickshaw Theatre on Easter Sunday with a show worthy of their centennial celebration of their second, and arguably their best, release Fortress.
Kicking things off on a high note were the New Jersey based seven-piece Thank You Scientist. Playing a dizzying blend of prog-rock and fusion, the band at points sounded like if Frank Zappa wrote music for Between the Buried and Me with Claudio Sanchez as the frontman. Vocalist Salvatore Marrano has some impressive pipes.
Closure in Moscow kept the prog rock torch burning bright with some real thunder from Down Under. The Australian five-piece were melodic if unconventional with their song structures and vocal stylings. Frontman Christopher de Cinque’s stage presence was off kilter yet in oddly in sync with the impressively tight rhythmic work supplied largely by the stellar Salvatore Aidone on drums.
Protest the Hero never fail to impress, and this performance was no exception. The band pulled all the stops to deliver an engaging and dramatic light show to accompany a pitch perfect front to back run through of the Fortress record. Highlights like “Bloodmeat” and “Limb from Limb” were only occasionally broken up by vocalist Rody Walker’s hilarious asides. His digs at the underperforming Calgary Flames were greatly appreciated by the Vancouver crowd. Protest the Hero truly lived up to their reputation as one of the best Canadian metal acts. Godspeed you black emperors.