The Red Chord
Clients


4.0
excellent

Review

by GhettoIndieshit USER (3 Reviews)
December 17th, 2010 | 14 replies | 3,215 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A noticeable departure from the band’s original sound.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The band’s first album, Fused Together In Revolving Doors, was a quirky and heavy album influenced by grind, death metal, hardcore, and jazz. With Clients the band toned down their sound to a certain extent and decided to go a more straightforward route, which is in no way a bad thing. With Clients the band throws their spastic tendencies aside and trades them in for tried and true metalcore/hardcore influences.

Fixation On Plastics comes out of the corner swinging at full force. Lightening fast blast beats charge straight at you with maximum intensity as Guy unleashes a deep guttural growl. The next riff begins with a familiar chug/pinch harmonic riffs then cycles through a much used hardcore chord progression, only to be topped off by something of a throwback thrash/90’s hardcore (think Sick of It All) riff. The next song, Lay The Tarp starts out at a much comfortable speed, providing much needed break after the onslaught of the first track. The break doesn’t last long as the band throws a curveball at you and goes at full speed once again with pounding double bass and Mckenzie’s blistering guitar work. There is also an interesting overdub with octaves at 2:31-2:40.

Black Santa, Antman, and the title track differ greatly from the focus of this album and seem more reminiscent of material off Fused Together In Revolving Doors. Each song features spazzy(sometimes silly) riffing and Antman has some odd sounding harmonies after the intro but soon changes to more thrash influenced chugging. Clients, while being extremely short, is a major highlight of the album, showcasing the grind song structures found on the first album. The majority of the album follows the same format as the previously mentioned 5 tracks and their isn’t any need to go into detail about the rest, except for the last track.

The final track on Clients is He Was Dead When I Got There, one of The Red Chord’s classic instrumentals. It’s an slow burning epic featuring elements from everything from early metal, southern rock/metal, and blues(to a lesser degree, mostly in the lead parts). The track is played at a very slow but consistent pace that draws you in from right from the start. Also, a distorted voice is heard talking in certain parts of the song and to end it all the song finishes at around 6:20 and segues into a phone conversation of a man telling someone how he allegedly made out with a 19 year old girl (three times no less) and touched her boob over the bra but couldn’t quite go down south. They obviously chose to end the album with a stroke of class.

Overall I consider this to be another gem in The Red Chord’s discography. It may not be as unique or interesting as the first album, and it may not have as many memorable songs as its successor but it remains another highlight of their career.

Recommended Tracks:
-Lay The Tarp
-Antman
-Clients
-He Was Dead When I Got There


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GhettoIndieshit
December 17th 2010



507 Comments


any feedback, good or bad would be much appreciated

Oceans
December 17th 2010



934 Comments


Good review, I only have Fed Through The Teeth Machine.

GhettoIndieshit
December 17th 2010



507 Comments


You should check out Prey For Eyes then when you can, my personal favorite

StrawBuilder
December 17th 2010



32 Comments


Nice review, makes me want to check these guys out.
Is this the best place to start?

GhettoIndieshit
December 17th 2010



507 Comments


This or Prey for Eyes would be a good place to start. Amazing band, i love all their stuff. Like I said in the review PFE has more stand out songs though

StrawBuilder
December 17th 2010



32 Comments


Alright cheers pal, Ill get both.

G3N3R1C
December 17th 2010



1945 Comments


Great fucking album. Only recently got into this band; all of their albums are pretty damn good imo.

And yeah, this seems like it might be a good entry point.

beefshoes
December 17th 2010



2828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. This is my least favorite but it is still pretty good.

Digging: Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X

KimmsightMatters
December 17th 2010



6143 Comments


Pos'd.
This review is good...never heard the album, but it sounds like something I might like.

Thor
December 17th 2010



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album gets way too much hate on here, though it's still their least consistent. That's really just a testament to how fucking strong TRC's catalog of albums really is.

Defeater
December 17th 2010



5782 Comments


Fed > Fused > Prey > Clients, but as Thor said this is still probably around a 3.5.

GhettoIndieshit
December 17th 2010



507 Comments


Yeah it's far from their best but that's not saying much

Confessed2005
December 19th 2010



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Definitely hugely underrated. Band's debut is by far their best but I'd say this matches up well with their other releases.

ManintheBox
February 27th 2012



867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna bump this, dug how they chose to exit with He Was Dead When I got There. Really added an extra diminsion.

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