Today, the band announced that their first album in four years will now arrive Thursday (June 18), in respect and honour of Juneteenth. The American holiday is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
"Many months ago, when we set the date of our record release, we decided on the date of June 19. When we realized our scheduled release day coincides with Juneteenth, we didn't feel right about celebrating our album when we should be observing the holiday," the band wrote in a joint statement, which can be found below.
"Recently we have been doing our best to look inward and acknowledge our prejudice and privilege. In doing so, we must recognize the importance of Juneteenth, and we don't want to detract from it in any way. Palimpsest will now be released on Thursday, June 18."
Palimpsest marks Protest the Hero's first studio full-length since 2013's Volition. The band have previewed the release with singles "From the Sky" and "The Canary."
Palimpsest is now available for pre-order.
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This record took a lot of blood, sweat and soft crying - but it's almost here! Below is a bunch of info about how you can listen very soon... It's been almost 9 weeks since we announced "Palimpsest" and started this pre-order. We are incredibly thankful to anyone who grabbed anything from the spread over at Sheet Happens. We wanted to give some details about where, when, and how you can listen to the new record when it comes out in two days! - All those who pre-order the record through Sheet Happens will receive their official album downloads around Midnight tonight (EST). That means you have until midnight tonight to get a pre-order in! This is a day before official release (to thank you all), and it INCLUDES those awesome folks who pre-ordered LP5 so far before it's release through our Fortress VIP tour pack! - We strongly urge those who pre-ordered to add "firstname.lastname@example.org" to your safe email list. Or at least make sure you check your junk mail! If you received our last email blast about the "From the Sky" producer pack, this will be delivered in the same manner! - For all those who didn't put in a pre-order (that's okay!), you will be able to check out the full record on our Official Band Camp page or our Youtube. They will be live Weds/Thursday at midnight. (so, as soon as June 18th begins, EST) - Streaming services may vary on when they make the album live. Some may have been able to switch to the 18th, but others may not be live until the 19th. Whatever the case, there are lots of options for listening so that no one has to miss out!