Summon The Hordes
High Roller Records
Considering how significant Golem was to the Teutonic thrash scene, it seems strange that Protector never made it to
the same legendary status as Sodom or Kreator, two better-known bands that for all their extreme
aggression were not able to keep up with the near-death-metal ferocity of the Wolfsburgers. Kept on life support first
by their drummer, and then by vocalist Martin Missy via his Protector cover band, it was revived in Sweden in the last
decade and has turned out a succession of solid albums. Summon the Hordes is the latest in this line, and proves
that the band hasn't exactly mellowed with age.
The chosen riffing style here is a crunchy, abbreviated gallop, speeding up to harsh but disciplined blastbeats. In
fact, everything about the Protector sound has a sharp, clean attack, including the production, an excellent one
that gives equal weight to all the instruments. The Celtic Hammer, a tribute to Celtic Frost, has the
steady, swinging beat of doom metal, while Stillwell Avenue and the title track have more of the chaotic speed
that the band is known for. There is little soloing here; high-speed rhythm riffing is what the band produces best, and
that's what the listener gets.
Missy's voice remains as ghastly as ever, a hoarse rasp that comes right from the base of the throat; just don't expect much
range from it. Michael Carlsson's guitars are the perfect complement to it, providing a rough foundation for his
higher range to stand upon. The often-humorous subject matter (in addition to the shoutouts to other bands and to their
fans, there's a song about a hippo and a cavity search) is indistinguishable without reading the lyrics, but it
certainly provides a counterpoint to the deadly-serious sound.
Summon the Hordes continues modern Protector's recent history of producing not groundbreaking but solid
albums. Don't expect anything new, but it's a good one to listen to.
Andy quoted 79 / 100
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