The Red Shore
Lost Verses


3.5
great

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
October 5th, 2009 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


Without getting into numerous genre debates, The Red Shore is a band hailing from Geelong, Australia that, for the most part, falls under the category of deathcore yet retains some aspects of technical death metal and straight death metal. In 2008 they released their debut full length under SOAR, Unconsecrated, which was an album filled to the brim full of unrelenting, pound-your-face-in metal. And while is may have been a fairly good album, it lacked keeping the listener interesting in fully hearing the album without either getting bored or sonically exhausted: it was a chore to listen to, basically. 2009 rolls around and The Red Shore takes an unexpected turn for the masses and have released Lost Verses, a compilation of older songs from The Red Shore’s past. For those who have not been following the band for the past two years, in the winter of 2007 The Red Shore’s lead vocalist, as well as their merchandiser was killed in a fatal car accident while on tour. While some bands would have called it quits, The Red Shore decided to carry on with then-bassist Jamie Hope taking over vocal duties.

Lost Verses can be taken in two ways. It can either be taken as a tribute to their fallen member, Damien Morris, or it can be taken as a spit to his legacy in the band. Either way, it is fairly easy to say that the rerecorded and redone vocals have definitely improved since their starting days. Lost Verses showcases everything that The Red Shore is and even hints to some exciting new directions that the band might/could be taking in the near future, but there also are some parts that could be skipped altogether.

Let us try something new and actually start with the bad in this record. Breakdowns… Now I happen to be a fan of breakdowns and encourage them for most metal bands. But the amount of sheer ‘cheesiness’ in the breakdowns that this records holds is just appalling. Nearly every song on this record has a building to some of the most unremarkable, downtuned mess of a breakdown I have ever heard. While some in the ‘scene world’ of MySpace and the ‘bros’ in the pit while definitely be busting a nut over this, it does little to one with a more refined taste in music to appreciate, if at all.

But let’s carry on to the good of this release. Carrying on my talk of the breakdowns in this record, it is hard to find blame in the band for these as these are rerecorded older tracks from a time when their musical experience could have been limited, and as such, so could have been their musical creativity. Now there are great parts of this album that shine out through the dark in this record. An interesting improvement from their debut, The Red Shore have started to employ the use of keyboards in their sound that bring a symphonic atmosphere to their music that sees them dabble into the far reaches of black metal. Tracks such as The Valentines Day Massacre and Pulling Teeth, while still juvenile for most black metal acts, showcases potential for a band riding the wave of a stagnating genre. Another bright side to this album is the vocals from Jamie Hope. In Unconsecrated, Hope seems to try too hard to mimic ex-vocalist Morris’ vocal style, which was not surprising seeing how a percentage of the songs off the debut still had the original vocals of Morris still in them. However, in Lost Verses we start to hear a more comfortable Jamie Hope, falling into a niche between his high’s and low’s that sounds more and more like an individual vocalist, rather than a copy/paste version of the bands older self.

When all is said and done, is this record worth your time? Absolutely. While it can be very hard to get through some of the immature breakdowns splattered all throughout the record, it does give hope that the band will take the positive parts of this album and expand upon it in their next release, whenever that may be. Hopefully we can expect a new Hate Eternal or perhaps a newer, refined version of Behemoth coming from The Red Shore in the near future. This is all speculation of course, but one can dream. Lost Verses can be seen as a tribute to their old vocalist, Damien Morris, for recognizing his contributions to this band, but it also can be seen as a final farewell, that The Red Shore is ready to step out of the confines of deathcore and onto a newer, better chapter in the life of their band.



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cvlts
October 5th 2009


8976 Comments


whoa, came out a lil longer then i had hoped...

liledman
October 5th 2009


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah this was pretty boring; nothing too horrible, but nothing really good. Even though they spruced up some songs, it's still a backward step from Unconsecrated, with all of it's mindless breakdowns and whatnot. However, I really don't see this band getting much better, seeing as the drummer Jake left, and he was really the stand out feature. I think maybe at best, they will just follow JFAC's footsteps: leaving the core elements behind, putting out some solid, though not stand out, technical(ish) death metal. Pos'd.

accompliceofmydeath
October 5th 2009


4297 Comments


I've always heard about these guys but, have never checked into them. I'll have to take a listen.

Digging: Weekend Nachos - Unforgivable

cvlts
October 5th 2009


8976 Comments


@ThirtySixChambers: Yeah, i definately agree with you. its what got me into them in the first place

@liledman: i guess thats the other, more negative way, at lookin at this album. i just hope for the best...

@accompliceofmydeath: for sure man, take a look. try to look past the 'scene factor' in these guys.

Relinquished
October 5th 2009


25480 Comments


Should put the artwork bro if you can

cvlts
October 5th 2009


8976 Comments


ive given up on album art.

tried way too many times lol

cvlts
October 5th 2009


8976 Comments


thank you, Jom!

sspedding
October 6th 2009


4780 Comments


never really got into this band, good review.

Digging: Devil Sold His Soul - Belong ? Betray

rhyvenge
October 19th 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

they sounds like darkest hour deathcore version

cvlts
October 25th 2009


8976 Comments


haha really? I never really put those two together lol

Douglas
October 25th 2009


9172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I am from near Geelong, and these guys get so much hype about them it's ridicules

cvlts
October 25th 2009


8976 Comments


I bet dude, I saw a live vid of them in their hometown and goddamn that crowd was huge!! lol

hardly anyone knows bout em in the states though that might change seeing how they jus got signed to Rise Records.

Douglas
October 25th 2009


9172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah they play down here quite a bit, and the damn scene kids just come out in force and clog up the good night spots, since the main venue that gigs get played is next to the one descent pub! haha Ah well. I've been to one gig of theirs, kept to the back of the room, to scared I was going to die, the pit was intense.

cvlts
October 25th 2009


8976 Comments


haha ah come on Dougie don't be scared of no scene kids! not only will they not bite, they don't have any teeth to bite with! lol

love to see these guys come to the states show em what real hardcore shows can be lol

xkeyboardmoshx
October 25th 2009


64 Comments


weaker than it should be

Douglas
October 25th 2009


9172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha not afraid of them at all, there is just heaps of them EVERY WHERE! arghh

Vooligan
October 25th 2009


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is decent, the tracks off Salvaging Whats Left are mad. Their album's better, the doco that comes with it is awesome.

Douglas
October 25th 2009


9172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I dunno I just find this boring.

cvlts
October 25th 2009


8976 Comments


One mans boring is another mans brutality! lol

Douglas
October 25th 2009


9172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

True that.



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