Canadian prog metallers Protest the Hero have announced a lengthy North American tour to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of their 2008 sophomore full-length album Fortress.
The run takes off in Detroit in late March and storms through a total of 27 markets, including NYC at Gramercy Theatre on April 27 [TIX go on sale on 12/1] and Asbury Park in Jersey at House of Independents on April 28.
Support for the tour will be revealed in January 2018. All dates can be seen below.
Here’s more info on Fortress (which you can stream below) via the official announcement.
Recorded in 2007 at Silo Studios with producer Julius Butty (Alexisonfire, City and Colour), Fortress debuted at #1 in Canada and also nabbed the #10 spot on the U.S. Billboard Top Independent Album chart. Mike Portnoy, famed drummer and co-founder of Dream Theatre, named Fortress one of his favourite albums of 2008. Like its predecessor Kezia, the album achieved universal acclaim with high praise from several major publications, resulting in a score of 86 on Metacritic making it the 12th best reviewed album on the site for 2008.
Fortress features 10 tracks broken into three movements, separated by piano interludes. Describing the LP, former PTH bassist and lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi, “If I had to reduce it to its simplest form, the concept is about the re-emerging of goddess worship and the erosion of faith in scientific process.”
Added lead vocalist Rody Walker, “This album is nothing to be intellectualized. All talk of wonder, pathos and optimism aside. I feel it’s a very natural progression for us. A natural progression into further obscurity.”
Dates and music below.
Mar 22 – Detroit, MI @ Shelter
Mar 23 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Mar 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave II
Mar 27 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick
Mar 28 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’
Mar 29 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Mar 30 – Calgary, AB @ The Palace
Apr 01 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
Apr 02 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Apr 03 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Apr 05 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Apr 06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Apr 07 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Apr 08 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Apr 19 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Apr 20 – Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey
Apr 22 – Quebec City, QC @ Salle Multi
Apr 24 – Halifax, NB @ Marquee
Apr 25 – Moncton, NB @ Tide & Boar Ballroom
Apr 26 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
Apr 27 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Apr 28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
Apr 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 01 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
May 02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
May 03 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
May 04 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth