Protest The Hero Talk Beards, Writing Processes

In a recent interview with Vince Neilstein of MetalSucks, PROTEST THE HERO guitarist Tim Millar spoke about the band’s brand new live DVD/CD “Gallop Meets the Earth,” their newfound success in the metal community, the writing process for the band’s follow-up to “Fortress,” and his entry into the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships and in 2011.

An excerpt follows:

The 2 year anniversary of the release of Fortress is fast approaching. Are you guys working on another record yet? How will the next PTH record differ from Fortress?

We took most of the summer off to start up the writing process again. It was nice to be stationary and have a more relaxed schedule. We never have any overall goal with each record we write, but always try to incorporate new techniques and influences into the music and it just happens naturally. I think with this record we’re more open to trying to have a little more dynamic, play both fast and slowly, and maybe even use some clean guitar tones and have some softer parts. That being said, it’s not going to be that far of a leap from Fortress, just more of a maturation. We’re no longer angsty kids.

Do you feel pressure to top Fortress?

No, I’m confident that we won’t release a record if we’re not proud of it. We don’t feel we need to top Fortress and the record won’t be a recycled version of Fortress. That record captures a time in our life and we’ve grown, changed and been exposed to a lot more in the last two years. I’d like to think every album we do would be capturing a different point of our life, and development as a band, always slightly changing and maturing, but keeping the same true core, because at the end of the day we’re still the same five dudes, maybe just a bit hairier.

Have you started to re-grow your beard?

Yeah, it’s coming back at a nice pace. I experimented with the Fu Manchu for a while, but now I’m going all out. May 2011 is the next International Beard and Moustache Championship, and I intend to be there in full force and beard.

To read the full interview, click here.

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