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The Red Chord - Prey For Eyes
24 July 2007


01. Film Critiques And Militia Men
02. Dread Prevailed
03. It Runs In The Family
04. Send The Death Storm
05. Prey For Eyes
06. Responsibles
07. Midas Touch
08. Tread On The Necks Of Kings
09. It Came From Over There
10. Intelligence Has Been Compromised
11. Open-Eyed Beast Attack
12. Birdbath
13. Bone Needle
14. Seminar


A full package including the most astonishing music The Red Chord has made along with disturbing imagery and nihilistic lyrics that could be just as sarcastic and clever as the ones in Pig Destroyer's set. As far as the blind eye goes, this band was going downhill after releasing "Clients" back in 2005, the album got harsh reviews and poor response…It seems that fact only pissed the band off and encouraged them to make one of the most hostile and impulsive albums of 2007.

The music has now doubled its power, it's now more lined to Grindcore than Metalcore and we can hear it from the start actually, "Film Critiques And Militia Men" is just arsonist to the core, it starts and ends with full-blast chaos and it of course lasts only for one minute like the old Grindcore era. Then the album takes a melodious turn with some tracks but it always leaves the spastic music as a topping, and so "Prey For Eyes" becomes highly digestible while being insanely fast and vicious.

Technically this album takes one step forward to complex songwriting and bizarre structures, although the convulsive execution and raging music doesn't leave much space for "brilliant" creativity or shocking virtuosity, there are still some tracks that show a different face of the band by creating layers and irregular time-signatures (mainly the slower tunes like "Tread On The Necks Of Kings"/"It Came From Over There") Thus making the album suitable even for the wooden ears that usually discard this type of music.

This is a great album actually, but I do think avid fans of the Grindcore School won't be able to bare neither the Alternative overtones nor the Melodious approaches and they might not find here what they were looking for in bands like "Antigama", "The County Medical Examiners" or "Inferia" this year. But people who can take versatility and fresh blends of Metal in their collection will be 150% pleased with the results of "Prey For Eyes" no doubt about it.

Best Tracks: "Pray For Eyes", "Film Critiques And militia Men", "Dread Prevailed"

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Website: http://www.theredchord.com/


 


written by Herzebeth | 14.11.2007



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Collin - 15.11.2007 at 14:27  
I've not heard their older material so I can't compare, but I quite enjoy this one. It's sometimes a bit over the top with everyone playing all over the place, so it's not flowing as well as, say, the last Cephalic Carnage, but it's still a very good album. Cool review
Dangerboner - 16.11.2007 at 06:24  
This album is good, but it's not memorable at all for me. Sometimes it's just technical for the sake of being technical.
Sepulchre - 18.12.2007 at 03:06  
Supposedly Jonny Davy (Job For A Cowboy) is featured on tracks 2 and 5, but I can't hear it. Can anyone point out to me when his vocals come in?
Rupert - 04.07.2008 at 16:17  
On track five I hear a few parts where there are two screams, but that's not necessarily Jonny Davy backing.
When I started to listen to this album I was thinking "oh great another one of these", but the further I got into the album the better it got. Tracks 9 and 14 are definitely my favourite. Good review by the way

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