The Red Shore
The Avarice Of Man


3.5
great

Review

by TBliss USER (33 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2010 | 41 replies | 17,396 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Red Shore turn in an matured and developed performance on their sophomore effort.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

After the tragic circumstances of December 2007, which saw singer Damien Morris pass away following a horrific road traffic accident, and a series of subsequent line-up changes and shifting of band members, the future, it is fair to say, looked uncertain for The Red Shore.

Yet, after all this inner turmoil, the Australian outfit have against the odds managed to turn in an matured and developed performance on sophomore effort ‘The Avarice Of Man’, and have delivered a record that, although for many will not be sufficient to shake off their deathcore tag, displays a great deal of extreme metal competence.

Opener ‘Seeds Of Annihilation’ (following a completely redundant intro track, which is tantamount to utter silence for a whole minute) kicks off with a sinister rumble that calls to mind the crushing dissonance of bands such as Immolation, before the technical frenzy of the guitar takes over with rapid fire lead lines carried along by the blast beats of new drummer Tim Shearman.

Indeed, one of the most overtly impressive aspects to this album is the inclusion of some unexpectedly eccentric riff work. ‘Human, All To Human’ and ’Of First And Last Things’ feature a glut of fret flaying guitar work, with some high-speed runs that bend and curve in a manner that achieves a certain quirkiness, yet never seems ridiculous or becomes too peculiar to the point where it is not a decent riff. It is also note worthy that The Red Shore steer clear of the technical overkill that so many fall victim of, and are aware of when to reign in the frenzied unruliness and settle into a satisfying groove.

Breakdowns are handled with, by today’s standards, a different touch also, as the band forgo the all too common half-time chug, and opt for, such as on the title track and the aforementioned ’Of First And Last Things’ huge, epic passages where arpeggiated chords are allowed to ring out and reverb soaked leads inject a pleasant melodic edge to the tracks. This is not to say that all the chugging guitars have been abandoned (far from it), yet when they are present, the effect they have is more akin to the sludgy Suffocation-esque grooves than to mindless two step fodder.

Vocalist Chase Butlers debut performance is most certainly a competent one, although it can hardly be called remarkable. His signature, guttural roar is maintained throughout with a minimal amount of variation, and despite the fact his vocals are good, I think it is also fairly evident that some deviation from his constant bellow every once in a while would have been a great enhancement. But all in all, his vocal work merely gets the job done.

Shearmans drum work is stellar. Although coming from a hardcore background, he is able to match the complexity and pace of the tracks with ease as he pummels his kit with aggression and inventiveness. Blast beats are executed with proficiency, yet used sparingly for maximum impact (such as in the furious ‘Armies Of Damnation‘), and his double bass work is consistently accomplished.

‘The Avarice Of Man’ reveals a great development in song writing craft for The Red Shore. Whilst the technical bluster remains intact, the band have honed their craft and injected a new dynamism into their sound that shows a capability in moving beyond deathcore clichés and creating a unique slant into which they can explore their talent. The Red Shore are certainly an outfit to take note of.



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TBliss
September 2nd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

People arent going to be happy with the Immolation comparison haha

Yeahtoast
September 2nd 2010



2041 Comments


Good review dude, will definitely check this out.

fromtheinside
September 2nd 2010



17714 Comments


this album is terrible.

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bloc
September 2nd 2010



34679 Comments


Band sucks but nice review

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TheFantasticDangler
September 2nd 2010



1150 Comments


i liked the one song they released, ill check this out

TBliss
September 2nd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didnt have high hopes for this, but I really do think its better than their older stuff.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010



30882 Comments


this album is terrible.


You've been hating lately man


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fromtheinside
September 2nd 2010



17714 Comments


well, i mean i thought this month was supposed to bring the goods but so far sputnik is killin me.

bloc
September 2nd 2010



34679 Comments


NEW BIRTHDAY MASSACRE IN 12 DAYS I LOVE SEPTEMBER

bailar12
September 2nd 2010



1766 Comments


its gonna be siq bloc

pizzamachine
September 2nd 2010



12571 Comments


YYYeeeesssssss

FeralMemories
September 2nd 2010



680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually really liked this album, and I enjoyed their older stuff as well.

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Mordecai.
September 2nd 2010



8270 Comments


lol these guys suck

bassfiender
September 3rd 2010



109 Comments


It isn't really their sophomore effort, the had a very large ep out before their first album.
And not a single founding band member is in the band today, so it sounds like a differnt band

cvlts
September 3rd 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

their older stuff was awesome.

InFiction
September 3rd 2010



3638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually, Jase; the guitarist has been in the band right from the beginning.
I like this album but I really think the lack of vocals bring it down. Unconsecrated is much, much better.
Good review by the way.

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TBliss
September 3rd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cheers for the pos's guys :D

BlueW
September 3rd 2010



2094 Comments


cover is the sex, will get

dansxdead
September 3rd 2010



438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Currently listening and instrumentally it is their best, but vocally I would say that Lost Verses is their best.

TBliss
September 3rd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed. i like the vocals, just a bit more range would have been great.



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