Wednesday 22 January 2014

***PROTESTANT / HALO OF FLIES exclusive interview***

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Crust / Thrash / Grind
Related artistsN/A.
CountryMilwaukee, Wisconsin USA
Years Active2004-present
Song: "The Culling To Come"
Album: "Antagonist"
Year: 2009
Label(s): Halo Of Flies (obviously) / Fuck Life Records / Go! / Zaraza Productions /
              To Live A Lie / Crucificados Pelo Sistema / Caramba / Apoplexy Records /
              Dingleberry Records / Parade Of Spectres / Blindead Productions /
              Inkblot Records / Barbarian Records / Chaos Rurale Records / Vendetta Records /
              Rust And Machine / Rimbaud Records /
This post's artist is from the January 2014 Mix. This is track #13.
You can download the January 2014 Mix#1 right here.
For fans ofFall Of Efrafa, Callow, Jungbluth, Fucking Invincible, Light Bearer, Titan,
                  Tephra, Creeper, Curl Up And Die, Alaskan, Perth Express, Co-Pilot,
                  Mean Man's DreamAdvent and Trainwreck.

PROTESTANT has been kickin' it for a decade now. They have released more than a fair amount of material, and it helps that Cory (guitar/vocals) also started HALO OF FLIES Records and aided in the release of said material. The band tends to walk a fine line between darkened hardcore/thrash crust and calmer, serene instrumental bits. Albeit, these slower passages are few and far between, but fill out the band's epic sound nicely. Imagine if Fall Of Efrafa wrote 2-4 minutes blasts instead of 20-minute epic opuses. (that's fun to say!) There are also times when the band just jams out some nice, deep and layered instrumentals - like the beginning of "Lost" which brings to mind bands like Amber and Light Bearer. The hard/aggressive parts, although fast and heavy, do retain a lot of melody. The vocals are on the gruffer side, but they aren't growled or screamed - they are kind of half-yelled and guttural, I would say. Regardless of my opinion of the band, do yourself a favour and check out the embedded tunes below, PROTESTANT's bandcamp page and my interview with a member of the band.

Last year Cory and I started talking, as our labels (Halo Of Flies and Zegema Beach Records) will be doing the North American release for the Amber/Locktender split 7" that will see the light of day in few short months. I asked him at the end of 2013 if he would answer some (aka a shitload) of my questions regarding both PROTESTANT and HALO OF FLIES. As busy as he is, he was able to answer them all - and surprisingly quickly, I might add. Check them out below and support his band and label! They are both amazing!!!


Grab the majority of the discography from their bandcamp page, here.

2005 - Demo

2006 - Make Peace With The Rope That You Hang From 12"LP
2006 - Rhino Charge Split 7"EP

2007 - Protestant 7"EP
2007 - As Dead As We Look cd (compilation includes 2005 demo and both 2006 releases)

2008 - The Hate. The Hollow. 12"LP
2008 - Get Rad Split 7"EP

2009 - Antagonist 7"EP
2009 - Northless Split "Volume Two" 7"EP

2010 - Judgements 12"LP

2011 - Stalemate 10"EP

2012 - Reclamation 12"LP
2012 - Suffering Mind Split 6"EP

(2008) PROTESTANT - "The Hate. The Hollow." (from 'The Hate. The Hollow.')

(2009) PROTESTANT - "The Culling To Come" (from 'Antagonist')

(2010) PROTESTANT - "Revenge" (from 'Judgements')

(2012) PROTESTANT - "Jan Palach" (from 'Reclamation')


PROTESTANT additional links


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