Protest The Hero couldn’t be happier with their latest album.

Lead singer Rody Walker said it was time for something new, time for a change and time to show fans the band had something else up its sleeve.

The Whitby, Ont., hardcore group’s second full-length album, Fortress, was released last month and quickly hit No. 1 on the Nielsen SoundScan album chart.


Walker said after the success of debut album Kezia, the group was ready and anxious to start writing the new album. Was it a challenge to make something as equally as good, if not better than their debut?

“I don’t think it was so much a challenge,” Walker, 21, told Metro. “We were 18 when we wrote (A Calculated Use Of Sound) so we’ve just had so much time to grow as people and as musicians. So it was never really an issue for us. We just sat down and we’re like, ‘Let’s write better music because this music sucks.’”

Fortress embodies a fantasy like feel in a variety of its songs, something Walker said gives each a signature sound.

“We wanted something violent and badass and kind of fantasy-based — there’s a wide range of different thematic things going on there,” he said.

The band — Walker, Tim Millar (guitar), Luke Hoskin (guitar), Moe Carlson (drums) and Arif Mirabdolbaghi (bass) — have been together since they met in high school.

“It’s kind of weird, because people you knew from high school — they’ve all got these pretty little suburban lives,” said Walker. “None of us have post-secondary education. We just live in a van and drink our faces off, so it’s almost intimidating to say the least.”

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