The Red Chord
Clients


3.0
good

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
August 15th, 2005 | 149 replies | 18,592 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


The Red Chord released their first record in 2002, Fused Together In Revolving Doors, and an impressive first album it was too. Arguably the best metal album of it's year, Fused Together combined death metal and grind to with some very deep vocals to make an extremely technical and original sound. Their newest album, Clients is their second album.

The Red Chord
Guy Kozowyk - Vocals
Mike Mckenzie - Guitar, Vocals
Gregory Weeks - Bass
Brad Fickeisen - Drums

Most fans of new techincal and extreme metal will remember The Red Chord's debut. It was full of massive riffs, technical changes, extreme vocals, the odd jazz influenced part and even some cool breakdowns. Despite the presence of breakdowns, The Red Chord are no hardcore/metalcore band. At least they weren't. With the release of Clients, The Red Chord have evolved significantly. Or perhaps devolved is a better description. The new sound is not just a step towards mainstreaming their sound, it goes the whole way. Clients is, in short, a metalcore album. While their debut showed a definite new sound, it was definitely no metalcore album. Though the band would fit in with Unearth and such, Fused Together In Revolving Doors would be much more comfortable sitting next to a Cryptopsy cd than a Norma Jean one. Clients, however, would sit comfortably next to a metalcore cd, without complaint. The simple reason is that it fits right in with Unearth, As I Lay Dying and whatever other metalcore band is blasting through the speakers of angry teenagers this week.

On it's own, Clients isn't bad at all. Although the metalcore vocals do not suit so well, the music of it is excellent. There are some pretty interesting riffs and sounds on offer, though they are definitely nothing that hasn't been heard before. The sound of the album remains the same throughout. The vocals very rarely change to half understandable metalcore styles that don't suit Guy's voice anyway. There are a few clean sections, which are snatched up before they get a chance to become interesting. Basically, it's hard for someone who found the band's debut impressive to see where they went wrong. It's such an incredibly big and premature change that there is little choice than to believe that The Red Chord, have in fact, sold out. At least somewhat. If this were any standard metalcore band, this would be an impressive album. However, it's incredibly hard to ignore the fact that the band who recorded this disc is The Red Chord. The guys who made that crazy disc in 2002. Though Clients is decidedly average, hope is not lost. Lets hope they redeem themselves for their next album.

Pros
Though they rarely get developed, there are some interesting ideas
The vocals never change, but they generally work
The song "Clients" sounds as impressive as the old stuff (only 1 minute long though)

Cons
Generic metalcore
The vocals suck when they are used in a hardcore or metalcore fashion
What the hell happened?

Reccomended Tracks
Fixation on Plastics
Clients
He Was Dead When I Got There

FINAL RATING: 3/5



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DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



3995 Comments


Seeing them on Wednesday.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



2125 Comments


That should be a good gig. Tell me how it goes.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



3995 Comments


I'm mostly in it for BTBAM.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



2125 Comments


Shit! These guys and BTBAM in the same show is awesome. I doubt either band would come to Australia, but it would be sweet.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



3995 Comments


Ya you suck. Leeching your music off of Americans. You should be proud to have the band Love Like...Electrocution though.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



3995 Comments


And The Living End!

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



2125 Comments


The Living End are meh. The best thing in Australian music is Nick Cave.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



3995 Comments


Or Russel Crowe's band. Fucking romper stomper.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



2125 Comments


:lol:

cbmartinez
August 15th 2005



2525 Comments


Cover is pretty lame. Great review though.

the2stranger
August 15th 2005



130 Comments


I know them via the song Dreaming InDogyears, from the ..in revolvng doors album, which is an insane track

nice review, although I do not think, the music on this album will be much of my liking.

Shadows
Moderator
August 15th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Weird, I was just about to review this.

To be honest, I think this album sucks. They eliminated all elements of tech death in their sound. It's not even the same band anymore.

Dancin' Man
August 15th 2005



719 Comments


This makes me sad. Maybe I won't finish downloading it. Fused Together In Revolving Doors was truly ace too.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



2125 Comments


[quote=ShadowsFallen]It's not even the same band anymore.[/quote]

That's what I was getting at. It's a massive change from this incredible kick ass technical metal to standard metalcore. So wierd and crap.


I hate it when people say that your review was bad and don't bother to explain why. Unless it was DFelon, I don't care if it was him.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



3995 Comments


Ya you blow as do all your Brand New reviews.

masada
August 15th 2005



2733 Comments


Changing their name to the Blue Note and playing reggae-influenced Ukranian wedding music with a synth-tar would be better than this.

I would buy an album like that.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 15th 2005



3995 Comments


Me three.

masada
August 15th 2005



2733 Comments


They also need to get a singer with Tourette's, that wears purple spandex and knee-high orange Converse sneakers, along with a tutu, and maybe even a faux-hawk. And he would sing everything backwards, in pig latin.

Priestmetal
August 16th 2005



542 Comments


Wow... the blue note is my new favorite band.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 16th 2005



2125 Comments


Ya you blow as do all your Brand New reviews.


What Brand New reviews?



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