Protest the Hero are one of the most forward-thinking bands in the metal world today. Doubters need to look no further than their latest album, 'Scurrilous.' The 10 song journey features sky-scraping guitars, operatic vocals, and the most personal lyrics the Canadian band has ever put down on tape.

The new record finds Protest the Hero veering away from the mystical and steering straight toward the heart strings of their listeners. "I don't really have any idea what people are going to think of it," joked vocalist Rody Walker. "In my mind, it seems like such a departure, but when I sit and listen it seems like such a natural progression."

'Scurrilous' doesn't hit stores till March 22, but AOL Music has an exclusive stream of the entire album starting today!

Protest the Hero formed when they were just fourteen years old. In 2005, the band released its debut full-length, 'Kezia,' on Vagrant Records. Three years and endless-hours-in-a-van later, and the guys of Protest released their sophomore effort, entitled 'Fortress.'

'Scurrilous' is an album unlike any other in Protest the Hero's catalog. For the first time in the band's career, Walker wrote the majority of the album's lyrics. "I had a lot going on in my life and I used ['Scurrilous'] as my outlet," Walker said. "The songs are really just a loose string of my thoughts [that] touch upon relationships in my life, both good and bad."

'Scurrilous' drops on March 22nd via Vagrant Records, and the album pre-order is currently available on iTunes.

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