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The Red Death External Frames of Reference

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01. Frames of Reference 02. Consciousness Delayed 03. Twilight of the Idols 04. Silent Machines 05. From the Height of a Thousand Years 06. Before an Empty Throne 07. The Final Sphere 08. Aftertaste of the Emaciated 09. Synchronized Worlds 10. Instrumental
2005 Metal Blade Records
Our score 7

by Ash Levitt
5/27/2005

A common theme lately is to be a hardcore band with metal influences, which usually only amounts to blatant rip offs of more competent metal bands. The output seems like a weak string of half-assed metal riffs with their only purpose being to get the listener from one mediocre breakdown to the next. However, the reverse (a metal band with hardcore influences) is less common, and generally turns out to be the better of the two types of bands that try to pull off this mix of styles.Even the newest listener to this type of music shouldn't have a hard time coming up with bands like this (e.g. Unearth, etc.), and no shortage of opinions to accompany where bands like this stand either. The Red Death is another band trying to tread water between the shores of metal and hardcore. Seemingly, they tend to swim closer to the metal side than the hardcore side, and it clearly shows in their music. The dual guitar attack is very metal driven instead of chugging breakdown driven (though there are enough breakdowns to satisfy the picky hardcore listener). The riffs and harmonies also seem to have a refreshing amount of American metal influence instead of being direct copies of Swedish bands or the like. Though the Red Death's newest offering External Frames of Reference can sound uncomfortably close to other contemporaries, such as the Black Dahlia Murder, at times, there is definitely enough that is different about this release to separate it from similar records or bands. Some of the more melodic moments, like the end of the song "Consciousness Delayed," showcase this band's ability to settle down, lock in, and write some really memorable riffs. Bottom Line: While this style of heavy music has become somewhat stagnant, there is still creativity to be explored. The Red Death seems to have done a little of that exploration, but more work remains. If they can focus on the unique moments of their approach (the compelling blend of textures and melodies) and truly show what they're capable of doing, future releases should be special.

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The REAL Bob Rock_ 5/27/2005 2:44:40 PM

GUrRRRRR NO YOU'RE WROGN!@!!! AOSJFASPOD


horsecow162_ 5/27/2005 3:13:50 PM

great album. the review is dead on.


buckwheat_ 5/27/2005 4:51:57 PM

Saw them. really bad.


Joe_ 5/27/2005 6:59:30 PM

This album is absolutely amazing. No skippable tracks on here. P.S. track 2 is "Consciousness Decay" and not "Consciousness Delayed" as said in the profile. I had an itch to point that out.


paradigm_ 5/27/2005 9:54:08 PM

saw this band at school, didn't really like em. kind of boring musically.


perfectpatientADHDkid_ 5/28/2005 11:08:30 AM

pooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop!


grindmyass_ 5/28/2005 6:40:08 PM

this is the deadest horse ever. deadder than anyone, deadder than all the rest.


jon_ 5/30/2005 3:12:16 PM

solid release.


keef_ 5/30/2005 10:54:55 PM

this band f*cking sucks. a 7/10 is way to f*cking high


joe_ 5/31/2005 7:43:02 PM

you should put x shadows and the silence.....big up to dom!


xyoufailmex_ 6/3/2005 11:26:00 AM

excellent band, excellent CD


mARK_ 6/5/2005 5:48:28 PM

Actually, if you say they sound like BDM, then you mean they sound like all the early 90's melodic death metal.


Michael_ 7/16/2005 7:23:39 AM

Any dumbass on this site that says this band sucks clearly dosent know what they are talking about, and should go back to listening to their Underoath, Sum 41, and Ashlee Simpson......dumb asses


justin_ 8/3/2005 10:56:15 PM

my old band played with them. bunch of shit talkers. f*ck this band.


jerry_ 8/4/2005 9:29:11 AM

i heard the singer blows coke off of the drummers penis


Strongarm_ 9/7/2005 7:48:07 PM

Any retard that says this band sucks either 1.) is completely jealous, 2.) seriously stupid, 3.) sadly ignorant, 4.) doesn't enjoy the genre, or 5.) all of the above. This band is fucxing excellent. period.


bitchcore_ 10/13/2005 10:41:13 PM

Anyone who knows anything about metal and or hardcore knows this.... 1. that this cd is nothing less than amazing 2. that this band is a genuine band, they aren't any of these gaygy mosh bands that all sound the same. You jerks need to realize that metal and hardcore, for some people go hand in hand, and this band does exactly what their intentions were meant to do, and that is to be different in the sense that they love metal as well as some hardcore, and are influenced by their musical