Release date
4 Apr 2006
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 No Stars Over Bethlehem 4:35 69,397
2 Heretics & Killers 3:10 79,121
3 Divinity Within 4:33 65,548
4 Bury the Hatchet 3:24 64,999
5 Nautical 2:58 60,749
6 Blindfolds Aside 6:00 73,021
7 She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods 3:52 55,528
8 Turn Soonest to the Sea 6:22 59,399
9 The Divine Suicide Of K. 5:10 54,945
10 A Plateful Of Our Dead 4:30 50,620

About this album

Kezia ( /kəˈzaɪ.ə/ kə-zy-ə) is the debut full-length release by the Canadian progressive metal band Protest the Hero. It is considered a concept album.

The album achieved universal acclaim with many reviewers praising the album for its technicality and Walker’s vocal range. Corey Apar of Allmusic states: “Sounding as if maximum emotion were packed into every second possible, each note of Kezia bleeds urgent passion — from the searing vocals of Rody Walker to blistering guitar leads to acoustic midsong breaks to compelling harmonies and growls alike. ” Furthermore, Kezia received a nomination from Toronto based radio station 102.1 the edge for their 2005 CASBY Awards for Favorite New Indie Release, and received a glowing review in Time Canada magazine.
The song “Bury the Hatchet” is available for download on the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II. “Divinity Within” is also featured on the soundtrack to NHL 07.

Kezia is a concept album, described by the band members as a “situationist requiem”. The lyrics tell the story of a woman named Kezia and her execution by firing squad. The story is chronicled in the perspective of three characters: the priest who presides over her execution, one of the prison guards who is to kill her, and Kezia herself. Each character is designated a section containing three songs, with a single retrospective finale concluding the album. According to the band, each of the three characters represent an aspect of the band members themselves.

Part I: Prison Priest
1. “No Stars Over Bethlehem”
2. “Heretics & Killers”

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  • dickchappy69

    kinda love this

    Yesterday 12:10am Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Their best album and the only one worth listening to.

    8 Oct 12:01am Reply
  • AlexMetallist

    This is extremely progressive. Every song changes literally every 10 seconds or so, and it feels organic. Just like Colors by BTBAM.

    6 May 8:49pm Reply
  • Zell182

    On the first listen this album seems a lot less varied than their later material but if you scratch the surface the concept is incredible and the lyrics are exceptional, especially considering how old they were when it came out.

    25 Apr 10:12pm Reply
  • bluesoul00

    best album. [4]

    8 Jan 3:46pm Reply
  • VikLoz

    Fortress > Kezia

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Porpse

    good album. but its much more boring and corny than Fortress..

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Considerables

    Their best.

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • StellaNUFC

    best album. [3]

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Mikkons

    Awesome. :)

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Drakcron

    Definitely my favourite.

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • conraddson

    Sounds like fucking Watchtower

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • GoddessForYou

    best album. [2]

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Juliossauro

    The only thing I don't like about this album is that if you don't listen closely a lot of songs look the same in the first seconds.

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Jealousheart

    I would like to say a lot about this album but Kezia is fucking masterpiece - that's all I can say.

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Phil316

    even though i go several months at a time without listening to protest the hero, every time i come back to this album it blows me away. EVERY TIME. this album is amazing.

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
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  • xVictimOfADownx

    Why does everyone feel the need to bash Fortress when complimenting this album? [4]

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ElderWest

    a classic

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • pg666donegan

    Easily my favourite album. EVER.

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
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