Red
End of Silence


3.0
good

Review

by Steven McMahan USER (49 Reviews)
July 25th, 2008 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An 'ok' hard rock/nu metal band trying to sound bigger and better than they really are.

Throughout history the color red has been used for many things: blood, heat, love, passion, the heart, hatred, etc. To the more than one billion Christians around the world, it represents the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ - the man that so many believe to be the Son of God. The Christian band assumes this name for that very reason, and they seem quite passionate about what they do.

On the surface, Red appears quite the decent band - often more than that. Their nu-metal/hard rock debut is driven by plenty of heavy guitar riffs, which are boring less than half the time and often quite catchy. The simple-but-steady rhythm drums and bass provide a steady backbone for the guitarist and vocalist to take center stage. Red's vocalist, Mike Barnes, stands out a bit among his genre peers whilst also belting out a Pete Loeffler-esque voice with strong emotion throughout the End of Silence. After many listens, though, something pops up in my mind. It's something I can't quite figure out, until the thought finally hits me:

Just how good do these guys think they are?

The reason that one must ask is the apparently pretentious songwriting present on most of the songs here - nearly all of them go on about a minute too long. It's certainly impressive that these relatively young newcomers can pull it off, but what's the point? A longer album does not mean a better or more enjoyable album.

To be fair, one must reiterate that Red is just able to pull off these overly long songs, sometimes with great ease but usually within a hair of losing listeners' attention. Their use of symphonic and electronic elements makes the songs sound more full (and sometimes even a bit "epic"), as well as filling in the interludes. Mike Barnes meets every note with ease, and his screams are executed with the same apparent effortlessness. Even though none of the other musicians really match their frontman's talent, they nonetheless contribute to the album.

Perhaps I'm laying blame where it shouldn't be. Producer Rob Graves co-wrote the whole album save one song, and wrote "Pieces" by himself. It's quite likely Graves who's responsible for the song lengths, and probably the weak lyrics as well. There's no reason that Red can't do things on their own and have their producer be an aid instead of guide. So the bottom line is - let's hope this band gives their current producer the cut.

In a potentially great debut, Red has (seemingly) embodied the emotions associated with their name - passionate vocals, pounding guitars, a solid rhythm section and soaring strings. However, they seem too ambitious about their abilities and reliant on the producer. Although there is certainly untapped potential contained in End of Silence, as of now the album falls a bit short. Buy this album if you're unsatisfied with Minutes to Midnight or want more Chevelle sound in your collection, but anyone need only enjoy the singles.

Recommended tracks:
Breathe Into Me
Already Over
Pieces
Already Over, Part 2



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
July 25th 2008


17277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, I usually really like your reviews but this feels like you're attacking them just to attack them. The reason is the slightly weak arguement.

Just how good do these guys think they are?
That comes up just because you think they're pretentious because their songs are about a minute too long in your opinion (although you later admit they pull them off just fine anyway). If they pull them off then why are they too long? If one minute too long makes them pretentious then what does 3 to 5 minutes too long mean (Opeth)?
Producer Rob Graves co-wrote the whole album save one song, and wrote "Pieces" by himself.
... and that song sucks...

Digging: Samael - Hegemony

ninjuice
July 25th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't you love it when the only comment you get is a bit negative?

I didn't really state my problem clearly. How bout this edit:

To be fair, one must reiterate that Red is just able to pull off these overly long songs, sometimes with great ease but usually within a hair of losing listeners' attention.


... and that song [Pieces] sucks...


I beg to differ.

Digging: Epica - The Holographic Principle

Wizard
July 25th 2008


20112 Comments


Good review. Really bad band!

beans
July 25th 2008


2328 Comments


good review, harghhible band

SHOOTME
July 25th 2008


2393 Comments


goose review, laughibly terrible band

ninjuice
July 25th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They're not that bad guys.

beans
July 25th 2008


2328 Comments


i thought they were pretty damn bad i didnt even listen to the entire album

beans
July 25th 2008


2328 Comments


i've heard about the first half of this album and it was bad, i shut if off

ninjuice
July 25th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well not me.

roofi
July 25th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't really find them pretentious as much as I find them to be full of suck.

Jesus Christ, that was a crappy soundoff I had for this.This Message Edited On 07.25.08

Willie
Moderator
July 26th 2008


17277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like them... Oh well. I got it from iTunes and never really noticed the cover before. I apologize too, I wasn't trying to be negative. I just didn't like the arguement for the low score.

Captain North
December 3rd 2008


6793 Comments


I need the rest of the album...they are pretty good. Too epic for generic rock...too generic to be anything else. If they improve their lyrics they could really do something, because the strings and extended passages are brilliant.

Willie
Moderator
December 3rd 2008


17277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too epic for generic rock...too generic to be anything else.
That's the perfect description.
If they improve their lyrics they could really do something, because the strings and extended passages are brilliant.
Yeah, they won't change their lyrical style because they have to do the vague christian lyrics thing. They could drop the blatant Linkin Park rip-offs though.

ninjuice
December 3rd 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, they won't change their lyrical style because they have to do the vague christian lyrics thing.


They could write the lyrics themselves better, but I agree that the vague Christian message is gonna stay.

Looking at this review again, I'm not sure I criticized it enough for a 2.5. Oh well, I guess it works.

PayneTiger777
December 3rd 2008


4508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How come no one ever talks about "Lost" when writing a review of this album? That was my favorite song off of it.

Willie
Moderator
December 3rd 2008


17277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah, "Lost" is easily the best thing on here.

ninjuice
December 3rd 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Imo that would be Already Over.

Willie
Moderator
December 3rd 2008


17277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's funny cause that's the song that is stuck in my head.

Looking at this review again, I'm not sure I criticized it enough

for a 2.5.
I agree. It seems like you're into this album, but that there are a few disappointing aspects, but not the deal-

breaker that a 2.5 would imply.This Message Edited On 12.03.08

ninjuice
December 3rd 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

well a 3 might work, but on the whole I think that this band/album is too generic and forgettable for anything higher.

Willie
Moderator
December 3rd 2008


17277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I'm not disputing your opinion at all. I'm just going from my take of the review.



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