The Red Chord
Fused Together in Revolving Doors


5.0
classic

Review

by Luke M. Jenkins (Confessed) USER (58 Reviews)
August 8th, 2007 | 156 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Progressive in that it's metalcore mixed with everything else. Brutal, uncomprimising, always interesting and rarely disappointing, The Red Chord's debut album is the stuff a technical brutal metal fan's wet dreams are made of. Well worth your time.

These days, it is extremely difficult to find a metalcore act that really does stand out from the crowd. There are the legendary metalcore acts that have been around since before the genre caught on like a plague; Poison the Well and Norma Jean to name but a couple. On occasions, one of the newer metalcore acts will make a lasting impression on more than just scene kids; All Shall Perish being the prime example. But a lot of these bands fail miserably at one of the most important aspects of being a successful and interesting metal act; ingenuity and creativity.

Allow me to introduce you to the debut album of death metal/metalcore/whatever tag is being used these days band The Red Chord. Fused Together In Revolving Doors is an album that showcases nine tracks of brutality, quirkiness, ingenuity and general excellence. As soon as the opening maniacal seconds of Nihilist have eaten your ears away, you know that this album is going to be far from your typical "chug-chug, wee-wee" affair. In all honesty, the only reason The Red Chord are sometimes labeled metalcore is that they they use a few breakdowns here and there. It is more likely that self-proclaimed fans of the band who have only ever heard material on Clients or their most recent effort, Prey For Eyes and thought "oh look, another metalcore band". But the question is, what makes this album so good? Well, in short, every track offers something. Oh, and every track is very good. Throughout the nine tracks, listeners are treated to a number of things prevalent in a wide array of genres. You've got your death metal riffs, your hardcore riffs and a huge number of eargasmic pinch harmonics (a band trademark). The drumming is also a massive plus point of the band - always unpredictable and very infrequently uninteresting, fans of complex and intricate drumming will cum their pants listening to this. Some of the speed of the double bass patterns is actually inhuman but what makes it more remarkable is that it doesn't detract from the rest of the band. The vocals jump between death metal growls, intelligible guttural low-register vocal shenanigans and schizophrenic highs. Guy is mostly certainly a good vocalist even if the style he decided to adopt on Clients was decidedly less kick-ass than on here. However, it was rumoured that Gunface did the high vocals. Well, whatever, they sound awesome and are put to good use throughout the album.

The guitars are also, in short, fantastic. Gunface and Johnny pumped out all number of ridiculously heavy and brutal riffs on Fused - highlights include the epic Sixteen Bit Fingerprint and the undeniably catchy riffathon that is Dreaming In Dog Years. But they don't just stick to heavy power-chord workouts - the middle section of Sixteen Bit Fingerprint showcases an incredibly simple yet brilliant two chord strumming pattern. Coupled with the tasteful drumming and vocal montrosity of Guy, it really does prove that sometimes simple is best. Other quirky guitar segments include the hilarious opening of Dreaming In Dog Years and the beautifully jazz-inspired interlude of L Formation. Instrumental track He Was Stretching, and Then He Climbed Up There gives off an eerie atmosphere whilst remaining calm. Odd yet ultimately compelling. The bass even shines through on a few occasions - listen out for the funky bass bit in That Certain Special Ugly.

In conclusion, this wonderful amalgamation of metalcore, death metal, grind and the odd jazz element is a winner. Every band member is on top form - the vocals are great and really varied, the guitars intertwine on a level of technicality and ingenuity most metalcore bands could only dream of and the rhythm section is as impressive as it is unpredictable. If you're looking for something which is both brutal and different, look no further than this. A true classic of the more brutal side of metalcore.

Recommended Tracks
Nihilist
Catalepsy
L Formation
Sixteen Bit Fingerprint

But the whole album is most definitely worth your attention.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
south_of_heaven 11
August 8th 2007


5436 Comments


Good review. I looked into Prey for Eyes and didn't care much for it, however...

Confessed2005
August 8th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just read through this and it seems quite short. For those who think I didn't cover any negative aspects, it really is because I don't feel there are any.

LifeInABox
August 8th 2007


3709 Comments


Nice review. I vote. This album is incredible.

chimera908
August 8th 2007


713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a great album but, at least to me, in no way a classic. I'll read the review in a minute and vote if it's good.

PS Good review.This Message Edited On 08.08.07

lospokey
August 8th 2007


87 Comments


Not a big fan of The Red Chord...I bought "Clients" because I had read great revfiews for Fused together..but couldn't find it....needlees to say I was disappointed...maybe fused together is better

LifeInABox
August 8th 2007


3709 Comments


By far. Fused > PfE > Clients

lospokey
August 8th 2007


87 Comments


alright, clients just had way to much generic metalcore parts..it seemed like they were tryin to go with the crowd not be original like most say fused together is

LifeInABox
August 8th 2007


3709 Comments


It was above par metalcore I would say, but Fused wrecks it.

Confessed2005
August 8th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Clients is nothing like Fused.

Fort23
August 8th 2007


2475 Comments


Im starting to like the red chord. Nice work on the review, looks a little small for a 55 but good job.

Pebster49
August 9th 2007


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This one was excellent but for some reason Prey for Eyes has hooked me more than this one, Clients was kinda disappointing. Nilhlist is an amazing song tho.

Pebster49
August 9th 2007


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nihilist FTW! haha, love that song

Confessed2005
August 9th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The way Nihilist just launches you straight into it is very awesome. The fast riff with the pinch and tempo change is also killer.

kalkal50
August 14th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cum their pants

oh yeeeesss
sweet review, how come you didn't include Dreaming in Dog Years in the recommended tracks. I just bought this album since I saw all the hype it was getting. OOOH Pinch harmonics, thats what those little tweet sounds are called. I spent half my Dying Fetus review calling them rainbow riffs or something lulz

masscows
August 14th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dying Fetus' "rainbow riffs" are sweep arpeggios if we're talking about the same thing.

And yeah, this album is very cool.

kalkal50
August 14th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

See, I don't know squat when it comes to music.

kalkal50
August 15th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kljéThis Message Edited On 12.19.08

Confessed2005
August 15th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

An arpeggio is the notes of a chord/scale played in succession after each other.

The crazy sweep picking in Dying Fetus songs reminds me of retro videogames for some reason.

robin2220
August 15th 2007


569 Comments


From what I heard, The Red Chord may actually be good. Should I pick up this album first?

Confessed2005
August 15th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's definitely their best.

Probably slightly less accessible than Prey For Eyes perhaps. Clients is good but considerably less impressive than this.



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