Yeah, that guitar scream after that decending scale is dragon forcey sounding at first if you haven't listened to these guys much but it is tight. Im assuming that is the part at 3:18. I missed it.
I've never heard BTBAM live, do they sound just like studio?
While doubtlessly very talented musicians, what irritates me about Protest the Hero is that the constant chord and tact changes seem very contrived and there is no common theme. Makes it seem more of an étude than a symphony to draw an analogy to classical music. That's why I personally prefer Animals as Leaders for a techinally very intricate and sophisticated band.