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Riding a wave of success

The popular progressive metal band Protest the Hero will make a stop at the Starlite Room on 10030-102 St. as part of the tour Snocore 2010.

One of Canada’s biggest metal bands will be rolling into town tomorrow night.

The popular progressive metal band Protest the Hero will make a stop at the Starlite Room on 10030-102 St. as part of the tour Snocore 2010.

Snocore 2010 features a number of other bands, including Hawthorne Heights, TheSet and Elias. Protest the Hero is headlining.

Band member Arif Mirabdolbaghi had a little trouble pinpointing the source of Protest the Hero’s success over the past few years.

“It’s a bit of an anomaly. I’m not sure,” Mirabdolbaghi said. “You defiantly don’t play progressive rock to get commercial viability. We’ve been very fortunate to break a lot of the rules and have as much success as we are having.”

The band released its first album, Kezia, in 2006 and their latest album, Fortress, in 2008.

Since then, they have received multiple honours, including a CASBY Award nomination and a Canadian Independent Music Award win.

Originally from Whitby, Ont., which Mirabdolbaghi called a “sleepy little suburb,” the band has toured all over the world, visiting America, Japan and parts of Europe.

Mirabdolbaghi explained that although it’s been a while since the last album, the band has seen strong support from their fans while on tour.

“The tour is going well,” he said. “Two years after a record comes out and you don’t have much new content, so you can’t expect many people to come out. But the people who are there are seriously die-hard fans and they have done so much for us in the band.”

After the tour, the band plans to get back into the studio and polish off a number of songs to get a new album out.

The 18-and-over show starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.