Review: RED- Until We Have Faces


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Essential Records

Released February 8, 2011

Reviewed by Anthony Peronto

After a solid debut and an even better sophomore release, RED is back with “Until We Have Faces.” I have to say this right off the bat, but the cover art is terrible. Even the screaming face on “End of Silence” looks leaps and bounds better than this. But will this underwhelming cover art and my uneasy expectations be sidestepped by the music? Yes and no.

The best two songs on this album are “Feed The Machine” and “Faceless.” But after that it starts to drag with song-after-song practically becoming ballads or standard rock songs. Even though things perk up after “Watch Your Crawl” onward, it doesn’t reach the same intensity as the first two tracks. This same yearning is eerily similar to Demon Hunter’s last album, which had several tracks that grabbed you but you had to listen through the rest of the album to get there.

“Until We Have Faces” is good but doesn’t reach the knockout sound I wanted from a band I loved seeing live. Don’t get me wrong, the songs were all fine and this will probably bring RED more success, but more of a hard rock edge throughout their next album would definitely make that an album of the year candidate.

Grade: 4

Tracklisting:

  1. Feed The Machine
  2. Faceless
  3. Lie To Me (Denial)
  4. Let It Burn
  5. Buried Beneath
  6. Not Alone
  7. Watch Your Crawl
  8. The Outside
  9. Who We Are
  10. Best Is Yet To Come
  11. Hymn For The Missing

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