The Red Chord
Fused Together in Revolving Doors


4.5
superb

Review

by Jake Hartman USER (5 Reviews)
September 28th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yea that's right, GOOD deathcore.

A must listen for anybody that’s into heavy music. Fused Together in Revolving Doors is perhaps one of the only “deathcore” (and I use this phrase very loosely) albums that I, or anybody for that matter should recommend. It is truly a rare breed in a genre plagued by “chug chug” and 3 guitarists’ bulls***. All bands interested in playing a similar style of music should make sure to take good notes, because this is as good as it gets.

The Red Chord takes elements from other genres and successfully blends them into their own unique style. Grind, hardcore, death metal, they’re all there, and they work. I would even dare to say that it has some progressive tendencies. In a sense that it doesn’t sound like anything else the scene has put out at this point. That reason, I believe is why I think any listener of heavy music should hear this; The Red Chord makes good deathcore.

As you can tell by my rating, I believe this is much, much better than good. Guy Kozowyk must be mentioned in this review simply for the pure power and the unprecedented aggression he gives to this music. His voice continually drives the song and elevates it to a new level. His devilishly high shrieks combined with his low guttural growls produce an effect that is almost hyperactive in nature. His lyrics are generally weird and full of metaphors, which fits the quirky style of music brilliantly.

Guitarists Mike “Gunface” McKenzie and Kevin Rampelberg provide a muddy undertone for the music that suits Guy’s vocals perfectly. They throw in some pitch harmonics every once in a while, but they usually stick to heavy downtuned riffs. Nihilist excellently shows all the different aspects of the guitars come into play. It starts off charging at 500 mph and then about a third of the way through the song they slow it down a bit and show just how brutal/heavy they can be. Pitch harmonics highlight the track perfectly, and the breakdown 1:30 is in just the right place.

Tracks like,He Was Stretching, And Then He Climbed Up There, (a haunting instrumental that offers a welcome break in the middle of the album), L Formation, and album closer, Sixteen Bit Fingerprint, showcase the bands more progressive side. With the ladder being a 7 minute long, monster of a track, fit with a clean guitar passage and weird white noise near the end. Whilst, Dreaming in Dog Years, comes with some bone-jarring breakdowns. It may be one of the only true deathcore tracks on the album, but it’s deathcore at its absolute best.

Having said all of that, it is still deathcore at its heart. I particularly don’t find the breakdowns annoying or abundant on this album, but some listeners might. You may also have noticed that I haven’t mentioned the bassist, Adam Wentworth, at all. The reason for that is without a couple of random intricate bass parts, you would almost completely forget he’s there. But, that’s to be expected with this kind of music. This album is not for lovers of soft, casual music. It is generally inaccessible to anyone that doesn’t have a few “heavy” albums under their belt.

The Red Chord has created a masterpiece with their debut album. It’s a shame that they decided to change their unique style for the follow up album, Clients. Fused Together in Revolving Doors is truly “superb” in every sense of the word. It makes other deathcore albums look like a bunch of “chug chug” bull****. O wait, that’s probably because they are.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
- Nihilist
- Like A Train Through a Pigeon
- L Formation
- Dreaming in Dog Years


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Comments:Add a Comment 
puma35
September 28th 2010


972 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review, tell me how I can improve. Please play nice

Fort23
September 28th 2010


2480 Comments


this is a good review specially for a first. you say things like downtuned riffs and shit, which the average dude on this site might not know but that doesnt really matter, review is good.

NeutralThunder12
September 28th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

their best album. Everything amazing about them is summed up on here. Only thing is a like Guy's vocals on the later records, but the best of everything else is on this. Good review as well, and the correct rating

puma35
September 28th 2010


972 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks guys, I have no idea if I'm a good writer or anything like that, I just thought I'd give it a shot.

NeutralThunder12
September 28th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

you wrote pretty well on here actually for a first. Most firsts are awful. Most of it was a little too informal and it wasn't exactly the most organized review, but you described the music very well. Dreaming in Dog Years, Like a Train, L Formation and Sixteen Bit are the best from here, so nice job with the recommended tracks bro.

puma35
September 28th 2010


972 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks man, I appreciate the friendly criticism

asaf
September 28th 2010


889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a classic brother. first one's are rough. don't know 'bout 4.5 tho...

puma35
September 29th 2010


972 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bump because I need more criticism!

BringMeABrick
February 10th 2011


340 Comments


Like A Train through A Pigeon blows me away every time.

BringMeABrick
February 10th 2011


340 Comments


Sorry for commenting twice xP
I gotta get this album soon.

TheRemnant
March 25th 2011


40 Comments


Good review, I definitely gotta check this out. So far I've been impressed by both 'Fed Through the Teeth Machine' and 'Clients'. These guys are intense and unique. Good musicians.

XfingTheSullen
November 8th 2011


2822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Decent review, but I wouldn't say that this band's sound is "deathcore at heart". Actually the more I listen to it, the less deathcore I find in it. Experimental deathgrind with slight deathcore influence would be a better way to put it. Plus, this band's members don't look like bros and two of them even have long hair, there you go.



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