Protest the Hero have been consistently making metal headlines recently, largely due to their groundbreaking album Volition, which is significant because it was produced by a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign. It also doesn’t hurt that it featured legendary metal drummer Chris Adler, who filled in for former drummer Moe Carlson. The band now has a new drummer, but it looks like they will be short another member on their upcoming tour: bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi.
The band posted this on their Facebook:
We have some bad news / good news news: We are saddened but excited at the same time. Life in a nutshell. Read Below from Arif.
Riff here. It’s with a heavy heart that I’m writing to say I won’t be joining PTH on the upcoming North American tour. As you can readily imagine, this is the most challenging decision I’ve ever made as a part of this wonderful band and I have not done so lightly.
Over the past several years, I’ve been working closely with some very talented performers in creating a stage adaptation of a Dostoevsky story entitled The Double. We debuted February 2012 to enthusiastic audiences which, through good fortune and hard work, has led to a new staging of the show at a different theatre as part of their official season. These dates were originally tailored to work around the PTH schedule but (as all of you musicians undoubtedly know) creating an album is a series of missed deadlines and inevitably takes longer than expected. The results left us with two options: wait two months with a finished album for my play to be over, or release the music we’re so proud of and bring the show to you as soon as possible. The band, as they say, played on.
Filling in on bass is our longtime friend, producer, creative collaborator, and stand-up gentleman Cameron McLellan. He is a tremendous musician of immense consequence and will likely leave audiences saying “Riffy who?” If you don’t believe me, listen to “Without Prejudice” on our new album and enjoy his sparkling cameo: an amazing riff he both wrote and performed.
I have always taken distinct pride that the PTH audience is open-minded toward art & the creative process. I can only hope you’ll be as understanding as my brothers in the band who have shown incredible support and patience in the face of hideous miscalculations of tragic timing. Those interested in details of my stage production can follow the links provided. I encourage anyone with questions or comments to reach out to me directly, but please understand I am fielding lots of messages so I may be awhile in response. I’m sorry to the old friends I’ll miss on this tour, and the new friends I would have made. I’ll see you all in 2014. Remember to tip your merch guy.
As far as reasons for not being on tours go, being involved in other really cool creative pursuits is a pretty good one. Protest the Hero have pretty good taste when it comes to fill-in musicians (such as Chris Adler), so fans can be certain Cameron McLellan won’t disappoint on their upcoming tour.