The Red Chord
Fed Through the Teeth Machine


3.5
great

Review

by John Henry Pitts, III USER (10 Reviews)
June 17th, 2010 | 42 replies | 3,746 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fed Through the Teeth Machine is a good album that is painfully obese with amazing guitar licks and motifs.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

A noble nod should be given to members of The Red Chord, both past and present, in showcasing to the world the creative genius that is guitarist Mike "Gunface" Mckenzie, an accolade that, while completely deserving, might have come at a sharp price. Unfortunately, The Red Chord's latest crown achievement is continuously undercut by it's inability to match or surpass the dazzling ability of their star pupil.

Fed Through the Teeth Machine marks the 1st LP (out of 4) recorded by The Red Chord as a 4-piece. Musically, Fed to the Teeth Machine is probably the least crushing of The Red Chord's offerings, which isn't so much a criticism as a remark on the evolution and solidifying of The Red Chord's sound.

The drums are as blistering as ever. Hardcore punk passages open up to experimental death metal blasts and rolls of various BPMs while Gunface's trademark atonal scales and pinch harmonics continue to build upon an even more impressive era of sludgy guitar crescendos and "uber-chug" hyper palm-muted leads. It's all very heavy and aggressive, but played with a distinctive, jazz finesse and calm.

The main problem lies in the one-dimensionality of the album, which is a VERY common problem for most 4-piece bands. Bands like Pig Destroyer and Converge understand that the final product is *sacrament* which means unfortunately, less is really more. Knowing what you want to artistically achieve, and getting rid of as much filler as possible, regardless of how killer the riff may sound, is key to writing a great album.

My primary criticisms (at first) were towards the bassist, drummer and vocalist in not really elevating their roles beyond support level, but after more listens, I've come to realize that Gunface's material is so obtuse and over-written that it doesn't really allow for too many moments of inspired collaboration, leaving myself quite indifferent by the end of each track.

Fed Through the Teeth Machine is a good album that is painfully obese with amazing guitar licks and motifs. Unfortunately, the final product seems extremely haphazard, as both the functional production and instrumentality seem to take a secondary backseat to that which is The "Gun" Show.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Edwin
June 18th 2010



1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm. You definitely make some good points.
I still dig this album heavily though.

Ire
June 18th 2010



41451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, i don't understand the hype for this.

Sputnikbros

Burn2Burn
June 18th 2010



2378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is ballin'

Bitchfork
June 18th 2010



7584 Comments


album's pretty bad

Slimjim367
June 18th 2010



512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mouthful is godly


Dre
June 18th 2010



297 Comments









Bitchfork
June 18th 2010



7584 Comments



yeah can't listen to this album with a backpack



That's why I like ambient so much.

Emim
June 18th 2010



26195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album.

Dryden
June 18th 2010



12813 Comments


"That's why I like ambient so much."

i like u

Dryden
June 18th 2010



12813 Comments


well i did for you as well...

shindip
June 18th 2010



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. agree completely

Bitchfork
June 18th 2010



7584 Comments


someguest, how did you know?


Bitchfork
June 18th 2010



7584 Comments


dryden what ever happened to our weed, acid, and porn party? y'know with relinquished?

Dryden
June 18th 2010



12813 Comments


soon man soon. its gonna be a trip to remeber

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2010



6956 Comments


I can't bring myself to care about this record.

Digging: Wild Beasts - Present Tense

Ire
June 18th 2010



41451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not really

Ire
June 18th 2010



41451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ya but not really

Waior
June 18th 2010



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's good

Ire
June 18th 2010



41451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

amberlin

Waior
June 18th 2010



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the red cords



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