The Red Chord
Prey for Eyes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
July 23rd, 2007 | 150 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prey for Eyes mixes the best parts from the first disc, some of the clichéd parts found on Clients and does so without the quirks found on either.

I don't think anybody could have, or would have, predicted just how apt the Red Chord's first album title would become. Titled Fused Together In Revolving Doors, the album was quite literally a fusion of death metal and grindcore, an obvious sentiment, but it's actually the last bit of the title I'm referring to. The album had the band quite literally getting their foot in the door; they created a seminal album in a movement that was just picking up steam, and they did it with their first album.

And then came Clients, and, pardon the atrocious metaphor, the door kept spinning. Clients was, using all effective reasoning, extremely average. The vocals were less varied, equally deep and twice as throaty. The relatively raw production of the first album was exchanged for an overly polished, typical genericore sound. And the music, well, it was plagued by extended breakdowns, half-time mediocrity and out of place clean semi-spoken calls. It's not to say Clients was bad, it was just significantly worse than it should have been.

We've now reached the group's third disc and I can safely say they've got their feet firmly in place once more; while surely it's not a total return to form, it at least tells us that Clients was in every way evincive of a sophomore slump, which I guess was inevitable upon considering just how good their first disc actually was. Prey for Eyes takes the unpredictability of the first album and runs with it. It's made blatantly obvious that the band is trying to recapture some of their fans, but at times it's made a little too obvious. While it's awesome to hear parts that remind you of the greatness found on earlier tracks like "Nihilist", it's safe to say that the very same parts lose a little impact the second time around.

The sound on the album is a near-consistent barrage of tempo changes, brutality, technicality and breakdowns. Tracks typically fluctuate between mid-paced death metal and fast-paced grindcore, but more often than not the two styles converge seamlessly. The typically fast, often blasted parts are habitually accompanied by the band's trademark usage of pinch harmonics and, as with the last disc, the album is somewhat marred by breakdowns. The breakdowns are your typical half-time affair, and while they're not as egregiously used as the ones found on Clients, they still come off a little contrived. Even so, they're finely honed for a live setting.

Vocalist Guy Kozowyk claimed this would be the definitive Red Chord album and I'm not about to disagree. It mixes the best parts from the first disc, the clichéd parts found on Clients and does so without the quirks found on either. It's a little less playful but excellently executed. While it could do with some of the vocal variation found on the first release, the vocals are still excellently guttural in an open-throaty kind of way and they're certainly presented in a more effective manner than on the last disc. Gunface, the excellently named lead guitarist, is at the top of his game, opting to make his talent a little more obvious this time around while

As per usual, the group uses a well-placed instrumental as a temporary cessation from the otherwise relentless aggression. With Prey for Eyes we get "It Came from Over There", which is easily the best instrumental the band has done. Dominated by a Moog synthesizer, played by Sigh’s Mirai Kawashima, the track varies between eastern-oriental lines and pseudo-gothy keyboard sustenations. The guitars layer between start-stop rhythmic chugging (thankfully not of the Meshuggah variety) and more ambient, bendy licks that mirror the keys

This is one of those albums I went into expecting to hate, ended up sort of liking and that's more than any fan of the band could ask for. It's perfectly crafted for a live setting and hey, at least it's better than Clients.



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Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sup. another really fast write up. wrote it at like 4am, so it might not make as much sense as it should.

Fort23
July 23rd 2007


2475 Comments


Nice job here. I saw a video for one of their songs and it was pretty good, so I might look further.
This Message Edited On 07.23.07

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you haven't heard them, I'd say start with the first album, skip the second and then check this out. They really peaked on the first one.

plane
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2007


6094 Comments


This is a good review, but it's choppy with all those paragraphs. Combine some. You also reference the other albums too much as examples. I haven't heard them, so telling me it combines the best/worst parts of those albums doesn't help me much.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll get on that.

Tarantino's Tarantulas
July 23rd 2007


819 Comments


Good review though I would have preferred a bit more detail on individual tracks.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm adding another paragraph about the overall sound but it's useless going into detail for individual tracks (besides the instrumental) because they all follow the same formula.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better? I'll probably order the paragraphs a little better, but content wise I think everything is there.This Message Edited On 07.23.07

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2007


16089 Comments


No.
I like these guys, I' really looking forward to hearing this.

masscows
July 23rd 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm seeing these guys live in about a week and a half, I'll probably pick this up at the merch table. The review wasn't all that specific but it explained it rather well, I can envision what this sounds like because I already know what the other 2 sound like.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did you post it before I added the paragraph about the overall sound, though?
I'm seeing them this Sunday with BTBAM and Cephalic Carnage.

GleamInRanks
July 23rd 2007


298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good work and such. I never listened to Clients entirely (only the singles now that I think about it) in fear of absolutely hating it. I like what I've heard from this one but it's still nothing compared to Fused, but great compared to a lot of other bands.

Shadows
Moderator
July 23rd 2007


2530 Comments


The album sounds pretty good, but when you say "the worst parts from Clients" it's very off-putting and I'm not really sure what you mean by that. Other than that, great review, especially for 4am.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I should fix that. It mostly takes the average, clichéd parts found on Clients. I'll switch it around.

masscows
July 23rd 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Did you post it before I added the paragraph about the overall sound, though?
I may have, reading it again I see some parts I don't think I saw before o_O

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay this is probably as good as it's going to get. Someone feel free to write your own I guess.

Wizard
July 23rd 2007


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Tracks typically fluctuate between mid-paced death metal and fast-paced grindcore"
Thats what I love about these guys ^^^^! Great review Coke. I cant wait to check this album out. Im so jealous that you get to see these guys with Cephalic Carnage.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely check it out, it's a lot better than i expected.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2007


16434 Comments


Good review, well-written. I'm on the fence about The Red Chord. I can't decide whether it is good or bad.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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