The Red Shore
Unconsecrated


3.0
good

Review

by Hysterical USER (2 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2008 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Red Shore presents us with a brutal, but boring album.

Hailing From Geelong, Victoria of Australia, The Red Shore presents us with their first full-length titled “Unconsecrated”. This five piece deathcore band consists of Jamie Hope (vocals), Jason Leombruni (guitar), Roman Koester (guitar), Jon Green (bass), and Jake Green (drums). “Unconsecrated” was release on Siege of Amida Records. A strong follow-up for their debut EP “Salvaging What’s Left”. While the EP was more along the lines of metalcore, the new release will most likely be regarded as deathcore. With that being the most notable difference, there is one other landmark change in the band. While touring as support for the American deathcore act All Shall Perish, The Red Shore were involved in a fatal traffic accident. Their band van crashed killing passenger Damien Morris, then vocals, as well as the driver (whom was the band merchandiser). The extremely unfortunate event obviously had a HUGE effect on the band. Instead of allowing the incident to tear the band to shreds, they used it as a fuel for their fire. This drive in their lives, as well as in their music, led to them producing one of the heaviest and most passionate deathcore albums of the year.

“Unconsecrated” is unfortunately just another deathcore album. There are blast beats, some-what catchy riffs, double pedal, quick guitars, brutal vocals, and of course breakdowns. The most notable aspect of this young group is definitely the heaviness/brutalness. In the sense of brutality, they are located in the same tier as Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, and From The Shallows. While many deathcore bands are just trying to sound as heavy as freaking possible, The Red Shore seems to be producing music that they want to make, its for themselves, its for Damien Morris, it is not purely for the fans.

The guitar work on the album is typical of the deathcore scene. Its heavy, it’s fast, and very chug oriented. The lack of leads almost separates them from their peers, in the sense that they don’t really even attempt leads. Let me explain. The average deathcore band always has the section every album or song where they attempt to show off their already lacking talent. In most cases the leads are laughable and are considered failures by critics (although there are a handful of exceptions). In the case of The Red Shore, they don’t even attempt ear-blistering leads. Perhaps they understand it doesn’t fit with their style of play, or maybe they just don’t have the talent to do such. Either way, it takes the fresh breathe of technical out of the sentence.

With the loss of Damien Morris, the band hoped that Jamie Hope could fill his shoes, and were they some big shoes to be filled. It’s sad to say, he didn’t quite fill them all the way. While he has the vocals to be another average deathcore vocalist, he lacks the utter power that Damien once possessed. At points they sound raspy, specifically on the lower end of the spectrum. Then at times, his higher end material shows promise. In the end, the vocals are what you’d expect from a deathcore band, they are mediocre at best.

Finally the percussionist, Jake Green, does a fine job. He does everything everyone expects him to do…blast beats and double pedal. Neither of which are special on a notable level. At times the drums seem out of place, however this could be due to the constant chugging on the guitarist end. Either way, there are points on the album where things just don’t mesh as they would like it too. Jake Green is just another drummer in the scene.

All in all, the album is a decent piece of work. The heaviness may make up for the lack of technical ability for some listeners. However, listeners searching for some mind-blowing talent would be wasting their time here. Although the band members are mediocre musicians, they put together a solid first full-length. It really comes down to the breakdowns, which so many bands love and abuse nowadays. Throughout the album, there is minimal change between songs. If it weren't for the two second pause between tracks, the listener would have great difficulty knowing when one track ends and another begins

Track Ratings:
The Garden of Impurity - 2.8
Misery Hymn - 3.0
Deception: prologue - 2.9
Slain by the Serpent - 3.1
The Architects of Repulsion - 3.4
Your Chariot Awaits - 3.0
The Forefront of Failure - 3.1
Nephilim - 3.2
Vehemence The Phoenix - 3.9


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Hysterical
December 3rd 2008


161 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is my first review in a long time. I was originally excited to review this album, but after listening to it, i just couldn't find anything special about it. I'm open to any constructive criticism you may have. thanks

tinathefatlard
December 3rd 2008


1600 Comments


This review is good, but it would help if you pointed out some specific examples in songs about why "At times the drums seem out of place" etc.

It really comes down to the breakdowns, which so many bands love and abuse nowadays.


This last line could have been better, it seems like you threw this out there at the last minute.
This Message Edited On 12.03.08

AtavanHalen
December 3rd 2008


17927 Comments


Review's okay. Never been a fan of this band, what happened to them was a damn tragedy, though.

asdemonsburn
December 3rd 2008


793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This band is better than most deathcore, but it's still second rate death metal.

Hysterical
December 3rd 2008


161 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The drums really comes down to every song ha. Any time there isnt a blast beat or a breakdown.

botb
December 4th 2008


9689 Comments


2 is way too low tbh

Zippermouth
December 4th 2008


1305 Comments


wait, first you called him Jamie Hope, then Jake Hope, which is it?
Review is pretty good, the vocalist sounds like Oli Sykes after he'd been smoking too much and hanging out with Demon Carcass.

badtaste
December 4th 2008


824 Comments


As tinathefatlard wrote, highlight some songs for us.

Jim
December 4th 2008


5110 Comments


a 2? really?
i was planning on getting this. probably still will.
good review i suppose

Vooligan
December 4th 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought this album was really good and im not even that big on the whole death metal/core thing. Dunno if you knew or not Hysterical, but Unconsecrated is a concept album about "...an epic tale of the forces of heaven and hell battling for the supremacy on the battleground of planet earth". thats a direct quote from an interview.
Bahamut: You should still get this, if not for the album then for the dvd with it, its got an awesome documentary and live set.

SKUDstorm
December 4th 2008


136 Comments


Sounds like All Shall Perish except worse

Hysterical
December 4th 2008


161 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5


im still trying to pick out something from this band i like...i give another listen in class today and perhaps ill bump if up if im digging it

Hysterical
December 4th 2008


161 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I did track ratings. They don't mean much seeing that every song is the same as the last. With the exception number 9 Nephilim, which is an interlude type track. The closing song is by far the best, seeing that it is the only song that stands out.

fatkidinthecornr
December 4th 2008


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jesus, i'm not sure what album your listening to, but to say they don't show off technicality is just ignorant. They are one of the most technically proficient "deathcore" bands today if you must classify it as such. But seriously, "it comes down to the breakdowns", there are a few breakdowns, but this is not just "deathcore", this is brutal death metal with slight core influences. The few breakdowns that are on the album are much more in the vein of death metal breakdowns than hardcore.

I understand your feeling on how the songs all sound the same, but when was the last time you got a death metal album that wasn't like that? Maybe you should review a music style your more familiar with.


iamthenightmare
December 4th 2008


754 Comments


I understand your feeling on how the songs all sound the same, but when was the last time you got a death metal album that wasn't like that?
Planetary Duality, Unblessed in Purity EP, We are the Nightmare, obZen just to name a few from 2008.

btw i agree with you, but don't be talking about death metal always sounding the same

beans
December 4th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album is full of meh.

nothing that makes it stand out, nothing at all

masscows
December 6th 2008


2236 Comments



I understand your feeling on how the songs all sound the same, but when was the last time you got a death metal album that wasn't like that? Maybe you should review a music style your more familiar with.
a good death metal album would have songs that are distinct from one another

Hysterical
December 9th 2008


161 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Holy shit, i fucked up haha. It turns out my headphones were shitting out on me...there is a lot i didnt here, i may have to redo this review. sorry

Jim
December 10th 2008


5110 Comments


ah the old 'listening to a stereo recording with one speaker' trick


Vooligan
December 10th 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy ****, i ****ed up haha. It turns out my headphones were shitting out on me...there is a lot i didnt here, i may have to redo this review. sorry
serious? thats funny as, hopefully u like it more then.



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