Act II: The Father of Death

Release date
8 Sep 2009
Running length
3 tracks
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1 Father Of Death 5:03 15,995
2 The Hounds 4:30 17,905
3 Light Up The Night 4:03 19,902

About this album

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Act II: The Father of Death is the second album by indie rock band The Protomen, and the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut. The album also revisits the Mega Man-inspired rock opera concept from the band’s first album, and functions as a prequel to the first release, focusing on the relationship between Thomas Light and Albert Wily before Wily’s takeover of the city that functions as the story’s primary setting.

On September 1st, 2009, the album’s track list, cover art, and full title were revealed (previously, the band had referred to the album simply as Act II). The album was released a week later, on September 8th.

Plot Synopsis:
Doctor Thomas Light, the son of a miner that “worked into his grave” to provide for his family, partners with Doctor Albert Wily to create an army of labor robots to perform dangerous work for humans. However, on the day that the first of the machines are to be activated, Light begins to have second thoughts, concerned with the number of workers who will be displaced by his and Wily’s creations (The Good Doctor). Wily convinces Light that they have come too far to back out now, and Light hesitantly flips the switch to activate the machines. As the machines come to life, Light leaves his and Wily’s workshop, plagued by his doubts towards both the future of the city and his partner’s intentions, and heads to the home of Emily Stanton, his lover, to meet with her; however, Wily arrives there first, along with one of the robots. After Emily refuses Wily’s offer to come away with him (Father Of Death), Wily orders the robot to kill her. Light arrives at the scene just in time to see the robot slip out the window, leaving behind the knife it used to murder Light’s beloved.

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  • arashkh

    how did they record this album?! this is unbelievable! a masterpiece!

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Rage-inducing

    This is the best rock album of the 2000s so far, bar none. You don't even need to be a Mega Man -nerd to appreciate this: the songwriting, the passion - it is all just flawless. One of the few albums in existence I would give a perfect score of 100/100. I have listened to this album over 200 times. Incredible.

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Godofallu

    This is such a great album. Now I just need to find more albums like this.

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Ferdie88

    I think this has become my favorite album ever made

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Frostttt_

    Try listening to this album while reading "I have no mouth and I must scream". Goddamn.

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • 2487

    Way better than Part 1 imho.

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • AmaranthineJack

    The story of this album HAS to be made into a book or movie. And it better be damn good! This album immediately captured me and spiralled me faaaairly close to insnaity. Love it. Every song. Listened to the whole album THRICE in a session once, 'cause each song bleeds into the other SO WELL!!

    30 May 2011 Reply

    I have loved every track on this album.

    21 Apr 2011 Reply
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    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Hexaea

    Changed my life.

    17 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SaintFuzz

    Shit. Good black shit.

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • elgranmojon

    good stuff

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • jakeironmaiden


    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • samqnguyen

    Wow, the emotion in this album was magnitudes greater than the first album. I thought the first was amazing, but this one blows it out of the water.

    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • apleasant2011

    Fucking amazing album...after actually reading what the story was an emotional album. Best album of 2009.

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Ferdie88

    Better then Part I imo

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • soudou

    Fuck. I wasn't into it at first, but it's suddenly starting to hit me really, really hard.

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • MetalMagi

    Best album of 2009.

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Venomous9

    Brilliant album.

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Dr_MoonOrGun

    fucking nice.

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
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