Canadian metal band Protest the Hero have released their fifth studio album, Palimpsest.
Palimpsest is a grandiose collection of progressive metal, and the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Volition. Protest the Hero faced a number of setbacks during recording, including vocal issues on the part of frontman Rody Walker.
“During our final tour just before we were set to start recording, I blew my voice out, and it didn’t come back,” Walker said in a press statement. “I spent a long time fighting with it trying to bounce back and failing. Finally, through coaching and rehearsal, I got it back in shape.”
Guitarist Luke Hoskin added, “The writing and recording process [of Palimpsest] saw so many delays, it’s honestly hard to keep them straight. We are very proud of how each hurdle was handled though, and the end result is a record that we believe is deserving of such an endeavor.”
Palimpsest was originally scheduled for release on June 19, but the band opted to release it a day early out of respect for the unofficial North American Juneteenth holiday, which celebrates the abolishment of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.
“When we realized our scheduled release day coincides with Juneteenth, we didn’t feel right about celebrating our album when we should be observing the holiday,” the band explained on social media. “Recently we have been doing our best to look inward and acknowledge our prejudice and privilege. In doing so, we must recognize the importance of Juneteenth, and we don’t want to detract from it in any way.”
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