The Red Chord
Fed Through the Teeth Machine


4.5
superb

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
October 27th, 2009 | 314 replies | 41,175 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fed Through the Teeth Machine is a dynamic, speedy interpretation of the Red Chord's signature sound. Also, really good.

Fed Through the Teeth Machin promised a faster, more straight-forward Red Chord. Losing their second guitarist and promising a more streamlined sound could have meant a narrowing of their scope. Less technicality, less personality. More anger, sure, but at what cost? Fans could have been worried. Here's hoping they weren't. Fed Through the Teeth Machine is faster and it is more straightforward, but it's hardly a compromise. Instead, it's their best since Fused Together In Revolving Doors.

What stands out on Fed Through the Teeth Machine is The Red Chord's ability to streamline their relatively spastic sound without dumbing it down. The album emphasizes their death metal influence, but it still gives Gunface room to flex his creative, unorthodox playing style. Though they're down to only one guitarist, you'd never know it. That's in part because Greg Weeks' bass playing has never been this prominent. It's not that he's shredding unrelentingly (or at all, really), but you can really feel his bass and it has a presence like never before. It allows Gunface to dynamically interplay with the lower end and, in turn, helps develop a groovy underpinning the band hasn't really had in the past. That's the dynamic that makes Fed Through the Teeth Machine such a promising listen. It's a contrast. The faster, sharper songs hook you in but the interplay between members add subtle nuances really makes it special. There's more to the contrast than just harmonizing, though. While they've streamlined their sound, focusing more on the punch than the technique, their virtuous side still shines through. Brad Fickeisen could have phoned in his performance on the drums. He could have done what most extreme metal drummers do: trigger the shit out of his snare and kicks and blast away. It's not to say that there aren't moments of unrelenting speed, but for the most Fickeisen has flexed his creative muscles in ways not typical to the genre. He's managed to throw fills and patterns into the dissonance. He's sped up without slimming down. Again, that's a narrative that carries throughout.

Speedier cuts like “Hour of Rats” (which features some of Fickeisen's best work yet) and “Demoralizer” kick things off, but the album doesn't exactly gallop along at a single pace. While Fed Through the Teeth Machine does display The Red Chord at their fastest, they still make it a point to slow things down when necessary. “Ingest the Ash” revolves around slower, almost sludgy crawls. At times, the song actually sounds like it's melting. But it ends up better for it. “Mouthful of Precious Stones” similarly employs bridges that, in using Gunface's wobbly distorted guitar-playing, sound like a gloomy, sullen take on John Williams' infamous Jaws theme. It also teases the listener with what could have been one of the band's first “legitimate” guitar solos. It doesn't get that far, but the tease is probably better than the reveal and it's that playful style of songwriting that's gotten the Red Chord where they are.

Fed Through the Teeth Machine is a culmination of everything the band has worked towards. Calling it more straightforward might be unjust, as it's as unrelenting as ever. Instead, you might say it's more focused. It's certainly as heavy as ever, in part because of Guy Kozowyk's gut-punching vocals (and the occasional help he gets from Gunface's guttural burps), but also because they've found a happy medium between showing off and smashing face. On a busy October 27th release day, The Red Chord take top honours. A fitting end to the month we've come to call 'Rocktober'.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
October 27th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't really decide on a rating. 4.5 feels too high but a 4 doesn't sit right either.

PanasonicYouth
October 27th 2009



7410 Comments


4 for me so far but i still need to listen to it more
its still really fuckin good tho

Roach
October 27th 2009



2149 Comments


Time we started rating things in .25 decibels.

PanasonicYouth
October 27th 2009



7410 Comments


yeah i've always thought that .5 is too broad

CrimsonChin
October 27th 2009



116 Comments


excellent review, care to name anything off the top of the head that sounds like these guys?

Tyler
Emeritus
October 27th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There isn't much that comes to mind immediately, actually. They've got a pretty unique sound. I'd just say go listen to their MySpace.

Thor
October 27th 2009



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Very well written review, most of the points you touched on I completely agree with.

And I'm glad you gave it the benefit of the doubt and bumped it to a 4.5 as well. I'd say it more than deserves it.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Regulator
October 27th 2009



594 Comments


really really looking forward to getting this album.

myhigherpie
October 27th 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've settled on a high 4. They definitely sound much tighter than they ever have. Hour of Rats is definitely one of my metal songs of the year.

Waior
October 27th 2009



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So very, very good. October 27th is a fantastic day for music.

CrimsonChin
October 27th 2009



116 Comments


Stuffs pretty great. You're right about them being unique for death metal(core?)

Wizard
October 27th 2009



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On a busy October 27th release day, The Red Chord take top honours. A fitting end to the month we've come to call 'Rocktober'.

It's actually retarded how many metal albums I have to sift through because of this month alone. Excellent conclusion/ point.

Damn fine review to boot. Listening to this and BTBAM now.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

McP3000
October 27th 2009



3941 Comments


i cant see myself liking this but if tyler gave it a 4.5 then i need to at least hear it once

randomguitarist
October 27th 2009



158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is better than Fused Together. Whoever says otherwise can suck it.

McP3000
October 27th 2009



3941 Comments


on a side note this album's title is retarded

Motiv3
October 27th 2009



8418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome review cocaine, i also have the 4-4.5 problem although i decided to stick with a 4.

Roach
October 27th 2009



2149 Comments




Damn fine review to boot. Listening to this and BTBAM now.


At the same time? Wow, I always knew you were something special.

myhigherpie
October 27th 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He's the_wizard. He has magical powers.

Motiv3
October 27th 2009



8418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He's the_wizard. He has magical powers.

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Stones99
October 27th 2009



78 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hour of Rats is so awesome.



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