The Red Chord
Fed Through the Teeth Machine


4.5
superb

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
October 24th, 2009 | 138 replies | 13,970 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Twice as heavy, twice as fast, and more musically demanding than ever, The Red Chord's fourth album should solidify the band as a truly formidable force in American death metal.

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Fused Together in Revolving Doors really was worth all of the hype and accolades it received. The Red Chord pushed as many boundaries as they could, meshing together death metal with grindcore while never taking themselves too seriously. Needless to say, The Red Chord had really set the standards high for themselves. While Clients and Prey for Eyes are both incredibly entertaining records, they just didn’t quite follow suit and left a lot of fans wishing for something else. While the band’s fourth album, Fed Through the Teeth Machine, is the furthest departure from the band’s seminal debut, it’s also the most focused effort The Red Chord has ever released.

For starters, this album is fast. Really fast. Fed Through the Teeth Machine’s twelve tracks rarely ever derive from an incredibly brutal and heavily death metal-influenced sound, courtesy of drummer Brad Fickeisen’s positively dominating performance behind the kit. You’ll be aware of how tight of a drummer he’s become within about the first thirty seconds of the album’s blistering opener, “Demoralizer”. Guy Kozowyk crushes as always, providing more or less the same vocal performance listeners have come to expect since Clients (minus the awkward spoken-word parts). That being said, his vocals are incredibly low, throaty, and most importantly, badass. Check out Guy’s incredibly menacing growl of “she is precious” in “Sleepless Nights in the Compound”, arguably the most impressive song The Red Chord has released to date. Additionally, the album’s crystal-clear production (something fans of The Red Chord haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing) just makes the riffs sound positively massive, something that the mixing and guitar tones on Prey for Eyes didn’t quite allow.

The album’s greatest strength though is the masterful and diverse riffing of the band’s now sole axeman, Mike "Gunface" McKenzie. Gunface, despite now being the only man playing guitar for The Red Chord for the first time in the band’s career, actually steps up his game. Fed Through the Teeth Machine, while being undeniably death metal almost the entire time, keeps things fresh for the album’s thirty-five minute runtime. “Hour of Rats” starts thing off with your typical blast-beat affair, only before launching into the album’s most melodic and beautiful guitar solo, only to bludgeon the listener later with a devastating breakdown. “Mouthful of Precious Stones” and “Sleepless Nights in the Compound” are also amazingly well-crafted songs, featuring much longer, chord-driven sections that should just make about any metal head’s neck sore. And the outro to “Floating Through the Vein” actually sounds like your album is melting. Greg Weeks’ bass performance is also more audible than ever, always fooling the listener into thinking The Red Chord has more than four members. Everything here is undeniably “Gunface”, and the driving force behind The Red Chord’s original sound.

In short, The Red Chord have solidified themselves as an innovative an unstoppable force in American death metal, leaving behind the hardcore/metalcore influences that were prevalent on the band’s first two LPs. Fed Through the Teeth Machine isn’t as humorous as some of the band’s previous outings, but it’s twice as heavy, twice as fast, and more musically demanding than ever. This is easily one of the most badass records to be released in 2009.

Thor's Top Three:
Hour of Rats
Sleepless Nights in the Compound
Mouthful of Precious Stones



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Comments:Add a Comment 
PanasonicYouth
October 24th 2009



7410 Comments


pos'd
great review
album is BR00TAL

Tyler
Emeritus
October 24th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A little premature. I knew someone would treat it like a race though.

Thor
October 24th 2009



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah sorry about that, I've just been listening to this album nonstop since the leak and felt the need to get reviewing again.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Si1v3RfaNg
October 24th 2009



801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review man... basically my feeling about the album. It's pretty much The Red Chord with speed x3. Loving it. Now write a review for the new BTBAM and do it justice please.

PanasonicYouth
October 24th 2009



7410 Comments


yeah give it like a 20/5

Si1v3RfaNg
October 24th 2009



801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah... I think Thor gave it a 4.5 or something like that, because I remember a soundoff that said "your
soundoffs suck."

Thor
October 24th 2009



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'll consider reviewing it, but the fact that at least thirty other people are going to anyways makes me a little less motivated.

Si1v3RfaNg
October 24th 2009



801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah that is annoying... I'm gonna not review it for now... maybe in the future after the album sinks in a little. So yeah back on topic, this is the best Red Chord album since FTTRD... but it doesn't beat it.

hydeyomoney
October 24th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'll check his out, good review yo

PanasonicYouth
October 24th 2009



7410 Comments


i haven't heard fttrd
is it teh raepage like this?

Thor
October 24th 2009



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Objectively it's still the most important Red Chord album, and it's definitely worth everyone's attention. I'm just really into this right now.

Si1v3RfaNg
October 24th 2009



801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I mean don't get me wrong, this album rapes babies. It's just the songs separated themselves a little bit better on FTTRD.

jingledeath
October 24th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It seemed pretty good from one listen. Need to listen more and great review.

Motiv3
October 24th 2009



8420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

badass record. Close to a 4.5 but not quite there, exactly the same feeling as fused.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 24th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah but listening to it non-stop since the leak means you've had it for two days and probably had it ready sooner just waiting for the stream to pop up. But whatever though JS kind of ridiculous to race to get it out.

myhigherpie
October 24th 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review.

was expecting to give this a 3.5, but it shattered expectations.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 24th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a high 4 basically. It's gotten progressively more enjoyable over the last week or so. When I first got it, I also saw it as a 3.5. By the second week of listening to it though I started to feel a bit more underneath and it got so much better for me.

myhigherpie
October 24th 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see it as more of a solid mid 4, but that's basically the same effect its had on me.

i might like it more after a while though. It doesn't seem to be growing off me in the least.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 24th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah but how long have you had it? It took about a week and a half before I was randomly listening to it and went, "hm, this is a lot better than i remembered".

Roach
October 24th 2009



2149 Comments


been a while since I've seen a Thor review.



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