Red (USA)
Of Beauty and Rage


3.7
great

Review

by Jared Ponton EMERITUS
February 4th, 2015 | 330 replies


Release Date: 02/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing says love like epic, snarling angst

Six years later, Red fans are still going to be waiting for Breaking Benjamin with strings, aka Red themselves, to make an Innocence and Instinct Pt. 2.

A mouthful, but that about sums it up for Red in 2015 with this, a colossal return to form by the name Of Beauty and Rage. Return to form" But wait, you just said it's not Instincts Pt. 2" Well, it's not. Rage is still a quality return, as long as you define that return as being a justified backpedal to massive distorted guitars, longer song structures (5 to 6 minutes, sometimes), and, and, epic string arrangements.

Now on the other hand, Red's songwriting and melodies – lets not even mention the (still) Linkin Park-quality-level lyrics – leave something to be desired on Rage. Listeners will have to spin the rather lengthy 60-minute album a number of times before any choruses begin to really stick. But don't let that deter you: as stated, in many ways this is Red getting back on track, which comes as a surprise given the band's more recent releases.

Because 2013's Release the Panic sucked and 2011's Until We Have Faces before it felt a little washed out, many a fan were left in dissolution with the work of the Nashville alternative metal/rock band. So when you cue first proper song “Imposter” up on this bad boy, and singer Michael Barnes comes in after a brooding (yes string-y) build up into a chorus that has him return to his snarling, intense performance of Instinct's “Out From Under”, well, shit gets intense, to say the least.

It's size, intensity, and epic-ness make Rage the closest Red have come to sounding like their 2006 equally-intense, epic debut, End of Silence. Miss the serene build up of “Lost"” There's “Yours Again”. How about the devilishly vigilant climax of “Let Go”" “Shadow and Soul” has you covered, coming in at just under six minutes in length even. Now, let's see if there is something as catchy as the band's hits “Breathe Into Me” or “Shadows” from Instinct - tough luck, it's not here, but hey, at least the band is trying.

Trying is a good verb to describe what Red are doing this year. Rage's density is certainly due to (1) the return of the band's original producer, Rob Graves, but (2) also due to the fact the band really took time to write these songs: you can hear it, as a direct contrast to the lazy boring-ness of Panic. There's also something to be said about the band's more careful creative process this time around when the second half of the album is better than the first, which these days is rare for alternative metal bands (or any kind of band in general). 30 minutes in and the band are still giving you songs that sound bigger and bigger.

So all that is to say Red is back being Breaking Benjamin with strings, which is what the fans want them to be as they rock at it. Nine years later melodramatic string build ups and crushing guitars still haven't gotten old, which is impressive on record as Barnes is still belting about “hating your love is a lie” or some shit. That's not a complaint though; the lyrical-musical combo works well for them. All they need to do is write some better melodies next time and give us that Instincts Pt.2.

Welcome back, Red.



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Toondude10
February 4th 2015


13456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ponton lives!



But seriously, how did you manage to listen to this?

Digging: Lovebites - Clockwork Immortality

Ponton
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

hola



it's in the shadows

Toondude10
February 4th 2015


13456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you cheeky bitch :P



I honestly have low expectations of this, but we'll see. Good review btw

iswimfast
February 4th 2015


1463 Comments


check youtube.

nice review.

cryptside
February 4th 2015


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Awesome review, man. Listening to this now, and your review is pretty on point. They do sound a bit reinvigorated.

Beardog
February 4th 2015


2549 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

good review!

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

chambered99
February 4th 2015


889 Comments


hey jared

VaxXi
February 4th 2015


4371 Comments


Im surprised this didn't suck as bad as I thought it would.

Ponton
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

Sam!

RogueNine
February 4th 2015


3713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I so want this to be a 3.5.



Also, I think Jasen Rauch may still write their lyrics.

Friday13th
February 4th 2015


6601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice. The lyrics are my big beef with these guys. They seriously never change and use the same angsty key-words over and over again. But yeah, sad they never wrote a catchy tune like "Breathe Into Me" again. "Fight Inside" maybe.

Digging: The Mercury Tree - Permutations

Ponton
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

Shadows and faceless were real catchy

Toondude10
February 4th 2015


13456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I felt Faceless was just your average mainstream rock song. Shadows on the other hand was great.



Lyrically, Red's best songs are Take It All Away and Out From Under imo.

Toondude10
February 4th 2015


13456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just hope that this is better than that monstrosity of a release, Recalibrated.

Ponton
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

I like what they did with recalibrated as they got some Panic tracks and did them in the older Red style

Toondude10
February 4th 2015


13456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hated that release (no pun intended). It felt like they put stings on top of the songs without actually re-recording them. It was disgusting and it shouldn't have existed.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2015


24645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

much better than their previous album

Toondude10
February 4th 2015


13456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm still in the extreme minority that RTP was a solid album



blow me

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2015


24645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im a spitter fyi

Ponton
Emeritus
February 4th 2015


6366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

me too



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