Protal is an indie modern progressive metal/djent/deathcore/metalcore band that first caught my attention approximately two years ago. Now, they have returned with their newest release, “Chaotic Order,” an EP album launched on January 28, 2021. For those who may be unfamiliar with the band’s background, Protal embarked on their musical journey with the single “Inevitable” in 2019, followed by two more singles, “The Politician” (2020) and “Inheritance” (2020), along with their debut EP “Chaotic Order” (2021). I invite you to experience their music as you continue reading.
Djent, undoubtedly one of the most trending metal music styles, particularly among young musicians, has been a genre that I personally struggled to embrace despite my years of listening to metal music since middle school. Nevertheless, I acknowledge Protal as a highly talented band with great potential. It is remarkable to witness two individuals from different parts of the world come together in such an exciting project. I hold immense respect for the band, particularly considering the challenges they have faced during these trying times since March 2020. I often emphasize that individuals like these young gentlemen contribute to making our world a better place.
“Chaotic Order” stands as a powerful and progressive album, consisting of six impressive tracks. The album primarily emphasizes instrumentation, embracing a modern approach with an overall vibe that resonates with other notable examples in the genre. To provide an accurate review, I dedicated more time to listening to this album than I typically do. Surprisingly, it took several rounds of attentive listening for the pieces to align, ultimately granting me a clear perspective.
Protal represents the collaboration of two innovative minds. While some may argue, I firmly believe that anyone who not only appreciates but also performs this style of music cannot be considered “average” in any way. This level of proficiency is a prerequisite. “Chaotic Order” is not an easily digestible album. My initial impression was that the instrumentation drew inspiration from Meshuggah, the clean vocals resembled Tesseract, the brutal (death metal) vocals mirrored Jinjer, the black metal vocals echoed Cradle of Filth, and the solos channeled John Petrucci of Dream Theater. This realization further solidified my belief that this work could not be attributed to an average person or band.
As an artist myself, I can clearly recognize the creative process behind their work. Successful artists often begin by incorporating the best elements from their influences, as I mentioned earlier. However, in my opinion, this approach primarily applies to beginners. Over time, creative endeavors naturally evolve. Most creative individuals understand that their initial creations often fail to meet their own standards, and it is through continuous exploration that their work gains significance. In the case of “Chaotic Order,” I perceive a powerful amalgamation of diverse influences, advanced musicianship, and an abundance of creative ideas.