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The Red Chord - Prey For Eyes
01. Film Critiques & Militia Men
02. Dread Prevailed
03. It Runs in the Family
04. Send the Death Storm
05. Pray 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
2007 Metal Blade Records

Reviewed by: Nick   //   Published: 7/22/2007

As arguably the biggest players in today's metal/hardcore/grind fusion sound, it's no secret that the Red Chord faced some lofty expectations for the release of their third full-length, Prey For Eyes. 2002's influential Fused Together in Revolving Doors has proven to be a genre classic of sorts and the slightly disappointing nature of 2005's Clients only increased the pressure on these New England guys' shoulders. So with all that riding on this release, how'd they do

Pretty damn well, in fact. Prey For Eyes might just be the summer blockbuster of big metal records for 2007 as it combines their unmistakable blend of extreme music styles with a few subtle differences to ensure it will stand apart from their previous efforts. Prey For Eyes is a slight step back from both the deathy grind lean of Fused. and the more metalcore oriented sound of Clients. But don't be misled by the previous statement. Prey For Eyes is still packed with an abundance of death and grind influenced instrumentation at breakneck speeds and they definitely don't shy away from their breakdowns, but these elements have been toned down ever so slightly to make room for the injection of rock-styled elements throughout the disc. Parts like the soaring solo in "Dread Prevailed," and the "groovy" bass work in a passage of "Open Eyed Beast Attack" are just two of the many examples of the Red Chord's ability to throw yet another style into their already bursting list of influences.

Prey For Eyes is also an improvement upon Clients in that the slower sections of tracks are far more memorable and engaging. The fluid transition in "Pray for Eyes" from intense death metal into a tom-heavy and bass driven mini-epic passes almost undetected and even the slightly repetitive riffing at the track's close doesn't feel the least bit tired or drawn out. And in what appears to be true Red Chord fashion, the disc is closed with the lengthy, slower number, "Seminar," a track that doesn't succumb to the same boring fate as Client's "He Was Dead When I Got There." Prey For Eyes also features the promising instrumental track "It Came from over There," complete with a nice display of meandering guitar work. But the song also packs a synth presence that is both overly prominent and relatively out of place. Perhaps the only major blunder of the disc, that one synth line weighs down what could have otherwise been yet another fantastic track on the album. But alas, I'm sure that many a synth fan will find it to be completely the opposite, so feel free to draw your own conclusions.

Bottom Line: This is yet another great record from the Red Chord and by being slightly less intense on the death/grind side and refraining from an over-indulgence of metalcore tendencies there is a little more room for a few subtle rock influences that sets it apart from their last two albums. Prey For Eyes has allowed the Red Chord to reposition themselves atop the genre that they've spent the last several years bringing into the metal and hardcore limelight. The seemingly endless supply of imitation bands that they've spawned should take note: this is how it's done.

YouFail_   posted 1/19/2009 6:22:09 PM
Give Me a Cigarette, I'm havin a heart attack...

where's my f*cking...barbecue? I know you have it!
shutup bastard_   posted 7/29/2008 3:04:31 AM
goddamn their all over the map with this one! really diggin this shit
chas_   posted 9/24/2007 4:45:05 PM
fused was amazing, clients was ok, prey for eyes...not so good. everyone in the red chord is nice, their ex guitarist was kind of a dick...but guy sold me some stuff super cheap at a show once because i was short like 6 or 7 bucks. nice dude.
Meet Fists_   posted 9/24/2007 4:30:06 PM
f*cking Seminar is just about the most epic f*cking thing Ive ever heard. SO f*cking tightly executed. This band is unmatched
dudes...relax._   posted 8/16/2007 10:53:01 PM
the songs on this are great! all TRC needs is to re-record it with Guy's vocals from Fused and they'll have a classic!

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