Self Released, 2018

Music: Melodic Metalcore


Duration: 22:00 minutes (5 tracks)

Country: France


2018 have already been a good year for underground metal scene with a lot of releases reaching the mainstream audience easier than it was before last year. With a ton of exciting releases lined up in front of us, I have a good feeling about 2018 and I hope it does better than a mediocre 2017. This year I’m on a quest to find more Metalcore and Death Metal bands hidden under the radar so as to hand them the respect and recognition which they deserve. I have already covered a fair share of Underground releases and I’m planning on doing more. Here is one more to add to that list.

Gothenburg style Metalcore has always been a fascination for me. Even though the genre itself is quite unoriginal​ and stereotypical, I love the fact that this scene is not even close to be dead. Melodic Metalcore is probably one among the most active genres at the moment. I’ve been trying to cover all the ongoing scenes separately by reviewing some albums. This time around, I was fortunate to have the French metal outfit Protogonos’ debut abum Ex Nihilo promo with me.

I still appreciate the fact that the folks at Protogonos are trying to get out of the stereotypical formula of Melodic Metalcore. Yes, you do find some At the gates-esque riffs yet you have an entirely different song structure. The songs are not breakdown centric but vacates a fair outlet for some of the breakdowns. Deliverance is entirely different and, ta-da!, you do get some juicy solos on the album. Actually, this was a surprise for me as most of the Melodic Metalcore bands are more focused on writing brutal breakdowns and they give a very little attention to the guitar solos.

That all being said, Protogonos have done a great job on writing their debut record. Even though the songs are hard to digest for the first time, but once you dig in deep you will surely find the songs addictive and memorable. At the moment I’m adding Erased to my playlist because the song has a killer solo at the end. Overall, a good effort by a new band. A matured version of Protogonos will surely make a stronger impact on the metalcore scene and I look forward to that version. I’m excited to see what they could put up next.


Vocals : Nico
Lead Guitar : Ben
Rythm Guitar : Aurelien
Bass : Nick
Drums : Jeremy


01. Ex Nihilo
02. Erased
03. I, the Heartless
04. Fading the Reality
05. Same Blood, Same Weakness

Rate: 8.0/10

About the author / 

Sooraj Ram

Nationality:- Indian Favourite Genres:- Metallic Hardcore,Melo Metalcore, Deathcore, Death Metal, Symphonic Metal, Beatdown Hardcore, Hardcore Punk, Alt Rock, Electronic Metal/Rock and more... Favourite Bands:- A long list topped by Parkway Drive Favourite Albums:- Don't Close Your Eyes EP, To Die For, Killing With A Smile, Jane Doe, The Final Beatdown, Vomit Forth Intestinal Excrement, Dear Desolation, King Is Coming, Calculating Infinity, Daughters EP, 012:2 and more Self Taught Drummer and an Avid Music Monitor. Always up for new music and probably the first in line to promote an Underground/Underrated Bands.



Tour Dates

  • Apricity European Tour 2018

    Tour line up: Atra Vetosus (Australia), Perennial Isolation (Spain), Drawn Into Descent (Belgium) and Nocturnal Depression (France) “Special Guest”.


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