Ontario bred progressive metal band, Protest The Hero, have made their rounds throughout the world as an accomplished band that is authentic and consistent with their hallmark blend. Protest The Hero has the goods that has developed a core following that has clinged to every aggressive musical bell and whistle since the band’s conception in 2001. On the brink of their fifth studio album release, ‘Pacific Myth’, I caught up with drummer, Mike Leradi, to discuss the band’s upcoming tour plans, the creative process behind the album, tattoos and more.
You guys just released your fifth studio album release, ‘Pacific Myth’. Tell us about the recording and creative process this time around.
We really enjoyed the process on this one. Our plan was to get as much fan involvement as we could, and divert from the traditional process. So, we decided to try our hand at writing and releasing a song a month. The pressure yielded some pretty great results, and we even got to have fans choose what they wanted to hear in certain songs. It was pretty awesome.
Are you gearing up to head out on tour in support of the album? Share with our readers any upcoming tour plans in the near future.
We have a Canadian headline tour happening this December, and then much longer US tour with our buds in August Burns Red starting January. This will be our first support tour in years, and we’re all looking forward to playing less songs. Because we’re lazy.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
To be honest, the pieces that mean the most to me are my funnier tattoos. I have a few matching tattoos with friends, and they’re always the ones I think about.
That being said, I am currently getting my back tattooed by Nate Silverii in Ottawa, Ontario, and he’s unreal. I couldn’t recommend him more.
You guys have played a ton of live shows over your expansive career so far. Are there any songs in particular that still hit close to home for you personally whenever you play them live?
Our song Mist would literally be the closest to hitting home for me. It’s about an Eastern province in Canada, so it wins by default.
If you could be a superhero, what would your superhero powers be?
I would turn myself into the dog of my choice.
What is your perception of the current state of heavy metal?
There are a lot of good bands out there right now, but I feel like a lot of acts in metal tend to forget to have a little fun.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
We have a hilarious intro for our upcoming tours, so if nothing else, come out to see that. Oh, and some songs we have never played live.