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Protest The Hero Alaskan Shows Cancelled
May 15, 2009
Tim Millar, guitarist and beardist extraordinaire for Canadian tech/prog punk metallers, Protest The Hero, has issued the following update via the band's Official Myspace Blog:

"Beard wearers and appreciators,

We got news today of the cancelation of our two Anchorage shows. This was entirely out of our control and we're trying to find a way to still make this work. Personally, I'm pretty disappointed because I've been looking forward to visiting Anchorage for over a year now. Also, this was coinciding with the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships which I've been waiting to attend for the last 3 years. There's no way I'm going to miss this event, because I've been preparing for 3 years and shaved my moustache in prepartion for the Alaskan Whaler category, so I will definitely be attending. Four out of five of us haven't shaved in 5 months or longer and we were getting excited to represent Canada in the competition for the first time ever and march in the Parade of Beards down the main street of Anchorage. That being said, if you can, please contact the promoter and tell her these shows are still worth having (Family Tree Promotions), but as it stands now the shows are canceled!
I do encourage any and all of you to come out and take in the many varieties of extravagant facial hair that will be coming to Anchorage from all around the world. Check out World Beard Championships for all the information of the weekend of events.

Lastly, Beard Team Canada, that formed merely months ago is trying to raise some funds to for registration fees, team uniforms and now maybe my travel costs to get to Anchorage. Check out the online store at Beard Team Canada Store and support the team.

I've considered shaving off the beard and starting fresh for the competition in 2011. I'd like to raise money for Locks of Love, a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients under 18. Even though they wouldn't except a beard hair donation, I've considered donating my hair and raising money for them by taking donations on the online store. It's for a good cause and if we raise enough money, I'll reveal my chin that has been hiding for the last 3 years. I'm sure you're all curious to see if I really do have a chin.

Sorry to bring the bad news, and hope to see you at the competition.

TimThe BeardMillar
Beard Team Canada
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Misery Signals Announce Tons Of Tour Dates
April 13, 2009
Misery Signals have been on the road consistently since the release of 'Controller', which Decibel hailed for having, “a fluid, technical musicianship that bridges beauty with severity” and Outburn praised as “the best work from a band that has not yet created a bad album”. In January, the band did a month in Europe with Architects, then a full month long headlining run through Australia in February.

In late March/early April, Misery Signals made a sweep through Asia; hitting Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Punk Spring Festival in Tokyo (this had NOFX, Bad Religion, etc). Currently, they’re on the road in Europe with Comeback Kid, Bane, and Architects before coming back stateside to start their Heads Will Roll Tour with Protest the Hero and The Number 12 Looks Like You, with dates to run from April 20th to May 15th.

Following the full US tour, the band will go north of the border for a full month long Canadian tour with Haste the Day, Dead and Divine, and Architects, dates from May 19th to June 19th. To check out new songs from the band’s album (including an acoustic version of “Ebb and Flow” from their Japanese release), get more information about the band’s tour dates, and general band information, please visit their myspace at:

5/19 – 6/20 ::

Eurpean Tour w/ Comeback Kid, Bane, Architects:
4/10 - Cesena - Vidia Club
4/11 - Will - Dance of Days Fest
4/12 - Wien - Arena
4/13 - Munchen - Feierwerk
4/14 - Koln - Essigfabrik
4/15 - Karlsruhe - Stadtmitte
4/16 - Munster - Sputnikhalle
4/17 - Leipzig - Conne Island
4/18 - Meerhout - Groezrock Fest
4/19 - Haarlem, Holland - Patronaat

Heads Will Roll Tour w/ Protest the Hero & The Number 12 Looks Like You:
4/20 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
4/21 - Portland, OR - Satyricon
4/23 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
4/24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Knitting Factory
4/25 - San Diego, CA - Soma (Sidestage)
4/26 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
4/28 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
4/30 - Dallas, TX - The Door
5/01 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
5/02 - Houston, TX - Java Jazz
5/04 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
5/05 - Orlando, FL - The Social
5/06 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theater
5/08 - Baltimore, MD - The Sonar
5/09 - New York, NY - The Blender at Gramercy
5/10 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
5/11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
5/12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
5/13 - Mt. Clemens, MI - The Hayloft
5/14 - Chicago, IL - Reggie’s
5/15 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4

Canadian Tour w/ Haste the Day, Dead and Divine, Architects:
5/19 - Waterloo, ON - Fubar Nightclub
5/20 - Toronto, ON - The MOD Club
5/21 - London, ON - Call the Office
5/22 - Whitby, ON - Johnny B’s
5/23 - Windsor, ON - The Chubby Pickle
5/24 - Burlington, ON - Red Rooster
5/25 - Sudbury, ON - The Jubilee Centre
5/28 - Winnipeg, ON - Garrick Centre at The Marlborough
5/29 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
5/30 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
5/31 - Grand Prairie, AB - Better Than Fred’s
6/02 - Kelowna, BC - Habitat
6/03 - Vancouver, BC - The Plaza Club
6/04 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
6/05 - Nanaimo, BC - Nanaimo Royal Canadian Legion (No HTD)
6/06 - Courtenay, BC - Avalanche Bar and Grille (No HTD)
6/07 - Whistler, BC - Merlin’s
6/08 - Revelstoke, BC - Revelstoke Recreation
6/09 - Calgary, AB - The Warehouse
6/10 - Lethbridge, AB - University Ballroom – Student Union
6/11 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis’ Pub
6/13 - Thunder Bay, ON - C2 (formerly Warp 9)
6/15 - St. Catherines, ON - Level 3
6/17 - Montreal, QC - Underworld
6/18 - Quebec City, QC - The Casbah (No HTD)
6/19 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon (No HTD)
6/20 - Kingston, ON - Time To Laugh Comedy Club (No HTD)
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The Number 12 Add Dates, Lose Singer, Adopted By Denny's
April 11, 2009
The Number 12 Looks Like You has added select headlining dates surrounding the upcoming ‘Heads Will Roll’ tour with Protest The Hero, Misery Signals and Scale The Summit. The band sets off for Fort Wayne, Indiana next week for the first of three headlining shows leading up to the HWR tour kickoff in Denver. A headlining tour of Canada will be announced shortly. See all dates below.

The Number 12 released their fourth full-length, 'Worse Than Alone', on Eyeball Records last month and just returned home from their spring headlining run that was their first without singer Justin Pedrick. The band issued the following statement:

"5 blown trailer tires, devious strippers, body slams, pneumonia, ravaged equipment, psychedelics, and a lost singer are only some of the things that we encountered on this past tour. It was an incredible time! We would like to thank those who came out to the shows and shared these unpredictable moments."

"We’ve seen a number of posts and comments wondering about Justin, and we are sad to announce that Justin is no longer with us due to personal issues related to depression and anxiety. It is unfortunate that he will not be part of what’s to come, but his health comes first and we wish him the best of luck. The #12 has always maintained a positive outlook, one that feeds off the support of our fans. We will continue playing and writing music for the wonderful fan base we have. Those of you that saw us on this last tour can vouch that we still killed it on stage like always. This will only get better as we tighten the loose ends. Come sing along as we tear it up with Protest The Hero and beyond. The Canadian border patrol better double check us because we are looking to rock and party harder than ever! See you all soon."

The Number 12 has also been chosen as one of Denny’s “Adopt-A-Band” acts for the spring. The band will be appearing at select Denny’s restaurants after shows along the Heads Will Roll tour to hang with fans and eat some food. Parties will be announced soon and more details about the promotion can be found here:

The Number 12 Looks Like You on tour:
Apr 13 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Sunset Hall %
Apr 14 – Metamorma, IL @ Johnny’s Coffee House %
Apr 15 – Papillion, NE @ T.O. Garcia’s %
Apr 17 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis *
Apr 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Avalon *
Apr 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon #
Apr 21 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon #
Apr 23 – San Francisco, CO @ Slim’s #
Apr 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Knitting Factory #
Apr 25 – San Diego, CA @ Soma #
Apr 26 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction #
Apr 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse #
Apr 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad #
Apr 30 – Dallas, TX @ The Door #
May 01 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit #
May 02 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz #
May 04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Downstairs ^
May 05 – Orlando, FL @ The Social ^
May 06 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre ^
May 08 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar ^
May 09 – New York, NY @ The Blender Theater at Gramercy ^
May 10 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium ^
May 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fillmore at TLA ^
May 12 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under ^
May 13 – Mount Clements, MI @ The Hayloft ^
May 14 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s ^
May 15 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 ^
May 16 – Mosinee, WI @ Kronenwtter Municipal Center %
May 17 – Madison, WI @ The New Loft %

% = Headlining
* = with PTH, Scale The Summit
# = with PTH, Misery Signals, Scale the Summit
^ = with PTH, Misery Signals, Fall From Grace

For more info on The Number 12 Looks Like You, visit, or head on over to
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Myspace Music Readers Choice Award Nominees
March 19, 2009
MySpace Music, the world's premier online music portal, is proud to announce a special MySpace Reader's Choice Award to be presented at the first annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

The MySpace community will have the unique opportunity to vote for the recipient of one of the awards show's most coveted awards. Between March 16 and March 31, fans will be able to vote on the winning band on the MySpace Metal community page.

The nominees for the inaugural award are:
Bleeding Through
Protest the Hero
The Acacia Strain
Suicide Silence

Launched in 2007, MySpace Metal is the premiere metal community on the web and is home to hundreds of heavy-metal artists, music videos, blogs, and behind-the-scenes interviews.
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Protest The Hero Announce First U.S. Headline Tour
March 2, 2009
One of underground metal’s favorite bands, Protest The Hero are ecstatic to announce their very first headlining tour of the US. Riding the acclaim of their sophomore record, 'Fortress' (Vagrant 01/08 ), Protest The Hero has done nothing short of rousing a variety of audiences with their live show as well. Come April, Protest the Hero will step out into their own spotlight to headline the month long “Heads Will Roll” Tour, sponsored by Merch Now, Atticus Clothing and

From pulling in their own packed, sweaty crowds on the Ernie Ball stage at last summer’s Vans Warped Tour, to their recent treks as support for Unearth and As I Lay Dying, Protest the Hero have proven they have both the determination and the chops to step out in front of crowds of all types and win over new fans. Misery Signals, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Scale The Summit, and Fall From Grace will join them as support. Tickets are on sale now.

'Fortress' was one of the most favorably reviewed heavy records of 2008. Protest The Hero has earned the title of “Muse for metalheads” from Revolver, who graded the album 4.5/5, in addition to scores of 4/5 stars from Alternative Press and 8/10 from Decibel. In addition, Protest The Hero was also recently nominated for a Juno in the category of “Best Rock Album.”

Catch Protest The Hero on their headlining tour this spring:
w/ The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Scale The Summit:
4/17 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis
4/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Avalon

w/ Misery Signals, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Scale The Summit:
4/20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/21 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon
4/23 – San Francisco, CO @ Slim’s
4/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Knitting Factory
4/25 – San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
4/26 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
4/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
4/28 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
4/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
5/01 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
5/02 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz

w/ Misery Signals, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Fall From Grace:
5/04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Downstairs
5/05 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
5/06 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
5/08 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
5/09 – New York, NY @ The Blender Theater at Gramercy
5/10 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Upstairs
5/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
5/12 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
5/13 – Mount Clements, MI @ The Hayloft
5/14 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
5/15 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

For more info on Protest The Hero including updates and tour dates, visit, or
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HOME TOWN: Whitby, Ontario
Rody Walker - Vocals
Tim Millar - Guitar
Luke Hoskin - Guitar
Arif Mirabdolbaghi - Bass
Moe Carlson - Drums

Protest The Hero are making their mark on the hard rock, hardcore, heavy metal and post-whatever scenes, thanks to the progressive, metallic, and so-far-left-of-center-that-it-hangs-out-at-dangerously-close-to-the-warning-track music on their latest album, Fortress.

PTH formed seven years ago in their hometown of Whitby, Ontario, when they were just 14-years old. They spent weekends, holiday breaks and summers on the road and on the very same day they graduated from high school – began a headlining tour of their home turf. While spending their formative years in a van playing shows, they also released an indie EP called A Calculated Use Of Sound, which was followed by their 2005 debut, Kezia, which wowed critics and introduced fans to the band’s mature-beyond-their-years technical skills, passionate delivery, and outspoken nature. All of this activity culminates in the fiery metallic furnace that is Fortress, the band’s second effort for Vagrant Records (1/29/08).

Fortress isn’t so much an album, as it is a symphony with many parts and movements that flow into one another, making it both a cohesive unit and a collection of songs that can be listened to in a group or as individuals. While Fortress doesn’t follow the rigid concept of 2005’s Kezia, it’s still thematic. It’s broken up into 3 song-movements, 2 of which are titled “On Conquest And Capture” and “Isosceles.”

PTH, whose lineup includes vocalist Rody Walker, bassist /vocalist/lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi, vocalist/guitarist Tim Millar, guitarist/pianist Luke Hoskin, and drummer Moe Carlson, see music as a culture-shaping vessel. “We broke [the record] up into movements, since lots of records these days are song, song, song, song,” reveals Walker. “We don’t want every song to be separate with no relation. This is an attempt to push the art form a little, to make it creative, and to make the songs work together. It’s all about cohesion and amalgamation of songs.”

PTH strives to make their music an experience for all your senses, and Fortress is an album that begs to be listened to on headphones, with the listener immersing themself into the sounds, the lyrics, the words, the concepts, and the vibe.

So, we know that Fortress will stimulate the brain. But what about the music? Never fear. It stimulates the body to rock the fuck out, as well. “It’s definitely rooted in metal, but it has progressive and punk elements because we grew up on So Cal punk like NoFX,” Walker admits. “It does have that punk ‘feel’ to it at times, and it’s rooted in metal. But we don’t consider ourselves prog, metal, or techno.”

Mirabdolbaghi contends that PTH’s music will inflict a permanent scar on your brain through the subtle melodies and the turbocharged riffery. “It’s riff-oriented music. The riffs and the melodies are most important. There is noodling and wanking on the guitar, but we pander to the melody and make that the master of the situation, which makes us more successful songwriters. We’re not dudes that just want to shred,” Mirabdolbaghi says. He contends that PTH aren’t all flash, but substance, finishing, “There is intelligent riff work in the music that pushes the song in a direction, not riff for the sake of riffing, there is a point.”

Fortress is conceptually a bit looser than Kezia, something the band did intentionally. “Some people got too nerdy, and would meet us at shows with printouts of the lyrics, and ask us to analyze segments of the concept. We’d like people to soak in the music without over analyzing,” Walker, who started out playing trombone for moving to vocals, says about why the band chose to simplify things a bit, even though in PTH’s world, everything is complex. The singer finishes, saying, “Fortress is not story-based at all. It’s ideas that relate to one another through ancient tellings. It’s history, present times, and a prediction of the future without getting too cheesy, but it’s still cheesy.” Essentially, PTH didn’t want to get caught up in the concepts outliving the band; these guys would rather die in a fiery blaze. Mirabdolbaghi concurs, saying, “We were tiring of answering questions about Kezia, which was about a woman on death row for ambiguous reasons.”

Mirabdolbaghi, who writes all of PTH’s lyrics, sheds a little light on Fortress, which deals with the refeminization of deities, saying, “It has to do with Goddess Worship, and how there has been this degendering of the Lord and Savior, and the suppressed feminine.” He continues, “A lot of it is based in Genghis Khan and old Irish Mythology, about the rise and fall of the Goddess of the forest. [The theme] can be more appreciated by more people. 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.”

The fact that Mirabdolbaghi writes the lyrics while Walker sings them isn’t a point of contention or conflict, either. “We discuss it throughout the band, so there is a general idea of what direction we want to go. They’re not my words, but they’re somewhat my thoughts,” says Walker. PTH view themselves with a cynical eye, with Walker saying, “We’re not trying to change the world. We’re just trying to make music for people who want to hear it.”Ultimately, the members of PTH want to take their band as far as they can, and they have no delusions of grandeur nor do they harbor throwin’-a-TV-out-a-hotel-room-window rock star fantasies. And it’s that refreshing, unjaundiced look at music that will help take them take the band wherever they want it to go. “We tour our faces off, and we throw the shit at the wall and hope it sticks,” Walker says without hesitation. “We don’t care about the status quo and the paradigms. We don’t make cash and we don’t care for cash. People like ourselves are no better than people watching the music. We’re the same.”

“At the end of the day, we’re all dumbassess,” says Walker. “We’re complete morons. We might be avid readers, but we have no post-secondary education. We’re all high school graduates, and when this band ends, you will find us working at McDonalds.”

It’s that attitude, combined with smart yet heavier-than-granite music, which puts Protest The Hero miles ahead of their peers and the pack with Fortress.