Label
Interscope
Release date
29 Jan 2008
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
41:21

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bloodmeat (Instrumental) 4:00 5,734
2 The Dissentience (Instrumental) 4:05 3,099
3 Bone Marrow (Instrumental) 4:54 2,946
4 (On Conquest And Capture) (Digital Version) 0:55 67
5 Sequoia Throne (Instrumental) 3:12 5,423
6 Palms Read (Instrumental) 3:44 2,850
7 (Limb From Limb Pt. 1) (Digital Version) 1:22 63
8 Limb From Limb (Instrumental) 4:23 2,719
9 Spoils (Instrumental) 2:59 2,674
10 (Isosceles) (Digital Version) 0:44 57
11 Wretch (Instrumental) 4:12 2,629
12 Goddess Bound (Instrumental) 3:36 2,508
13 Goddess Gagged (Instrumental) 3:15 2,431

About this album

Fortress is the second studio album by Canadian band Protest the Hero which was released on January 29, 2008 on Vagrant Records in the US and Underground Operations in Canada.

Fortress debuted at #95 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart with first week sales of 7,600 copies, also managing #10 spot on the Billboard Top Independent Album chart. In Canada, the album achieved #1 status the first week of its release. Mike Portnoy named this album one of his favourite albums of 2008 on his official web page.

Fortress, like its predecessor Kezia, achieved universal acclaim with high regards from many major publications, receiving a comprehensive score of 86 on Metacritic making it the 12th best reviewed album on the site for 2008. Tyler Patrick Munro of SputnikMusic states: “The album improves on everything established on Kezia (right down to the much more natural sounding piano codas), and it does so without the sometimes blatant repetition of its predecessor.” He cites the track “Bone Marrow,” stating: “While ‘Bone Marrow’ places more emphasis on the underpinning synths of the first two tracks, its heavy orchestration still takes a backseat to its varying structure, which fluidly transits from hyper-melodic up-tempo to ball-crushing gutturals and chugged syncopation, all of which are made twice as effective by the interwoven bass slapping,” and compares the style of the opener “Bloodmeat” to the dissonance of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge.

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  • bigkajamma

    Monumental release

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Porpse

    Kezia, scurrilous - good, fortress - the best.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Szutter

    DA DA DADA DADA DA DADADA DA DADADA DOH'!

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sco703

    Such a fantastic album.

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rinkxing

    What. an. album. Amazing.

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Aarny

    They need to bring back some growling.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • OnceMoreBob

    so much fun it should be illegal

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Juliossauro

    Protest the Hero albuns, why so short

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • sleazenrapture

    Oh my god. OH MY GOD THIS ALBUM. THIS FUCKING ALBUM

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Jealousheart

    One of the best things I've ever heard

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • metallicbrain

    All killer no filler.

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • pyp3xxx

    masterpiece

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    No doubt about it, this is one of my favorite albums ever. I feel like I've been listening to it nonstop for several months now; I've memorized everything about every song, and yet, it still feels just as awesome as it did when I first gave it a listen. What a fucking awesome release. [2]

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sco50000

    No doubt about it, this is one of my favorite albums ever. I feel like I've been listening to it nonstop for several months now; I've memorized everything about every song, and yet, it still feels just as awesome as it did when I first gave it a listen. What a fucking awesome release. [2] The exact same thing happened to me. Simply incredible album.

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • BleedTheMartyr

    I'm glad they just have the instrumentals. His voice is kinda annoying.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • sco703

    Fortress is just sex.

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • melodicdrama

    sequoia throne!!!

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Shredin0id

    I love this album!

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • GreenPenti

    best ever!

    24 May 2011 Reply
  • olenevod96

    So Awesome

    6 May 2011 Reply
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