THE RED CHORD - CLIENTS - METAL BLADE
The Red Chord is another new band on Metal Blade which has taken to signing young metalcore bands with the same enthusiasm normally reserved for a white trash hick in a truck or SUV dealership. The band is a little different from the slew of crossover bands the label, and others, have been signing with abandon. This bunch is heavier and brutal incorporating both more technicality and more grinding ferocity into its repertoire. The vocals are angry and bellow with power, the drummer rattles on as if on rampage and the guitars shriek and wail in tandem to Einstein's theory of relativity. The nonsensical titles, like Fixation On Plastics, Lay The Tarp, Black Santa or Blue Line Cretin, defy explanation and apparently have something to say. Upper Decker is more technical than the other songs with its stop-and-go rhythm changes, while He Was Dead When I Got There is slow and even mainstream. The song and album end with a puzzling outro possibly recorded from a radio station our same hick would be tuned into. The Red Chord is strong and involved enough to attract metal fans, yet no-holds-barred and intelligent enough to appeal to the more hardcore masses. - Ali "The Metallian"