PROTEST already exists for 13 years, and the first release dates 10 years back, the demo "Inside Of Humanity". Their debut CD was released way back in 1995, "What For Name When Humanity Is Dying", and though "About Human idols" was really released in 1998, breaking up of the band, and later reforming, pushed the release till 2002. (Note: a new album, "Have A Rest, Please" is due for release by the end of this year).
Now, for "About Human Idols". First off, the lyrical theme is definitely about questioning the current state of the world and humanity in general. Not entirely original, but neither is the "hack & chop" or "satan rules" and the most dramatic, "brave knight on a pony" Metal lyrics. Well, the lyrics have to go about something right, but who really selects their favorite CDs by songtexts? Musically PROTEST combines technical skills with brutality, and though the main slice is at a high pace, PROTEST often changes their gear to slower traffic. Remarkable is the high level of complexity that is woven through all the PROTEST songs, and this makes the music rather melodic for Brutal Death (especially on a song like "Twilight Of Gods", which is one of my favorites, also cause of the subtle atmospheric keyboards).
The vocal range of vocalist Horar is pretty broad, but mainly resides in the grunting area. As mentioned before, dynamics is the main word to describe sound of PROTEST, underlined by songs like "The Tree Of Ages Does Not Breathe Anymore" and "And Will Join All Of Them Forever", which are filled with other musical styles like Jazz and Hard Rock besides the Death Metal components. But songs like "Shadowland", "Nothing But Grimness" and "Twilight Of Gods", with their crushing Death Metal, dominate the disc.
PROTEST has a good thing going on, with a sound of their own and a solid disc named "About Human Idols" under their belts. Whether this album is a good reflection of the albums to come is really doubtful, because the guitarist responsible for most of the songs on this record (Igor) has left the band, and they supposedly are aiming for a much more Grindcore approach on the upcoming "Have A Rest, Please"… But that, my friends, is a whole other story! "About Human Idols" is great! (Online October 25, 2002)