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Red Roses For A Blue Lady The Return To Melancholy

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Reviewed by: Alex   //   Published: 8/1/2000

The Return To Melancholy isn't the type of effort one would expect from a band whose name contains both the words "Roses" and "Lady", but then again, one look at the album's disturbing layout should provide an obvious hint. This band isn't the next Bon Jovi or Winger (note from editor: we wouldn't be reviewing them if they were).

Fans of both noisecore and/or hardcore should find something to enjoy on this Eulogy Recordings release. Chaotic and punishing grooves give way to random fits of blazing hardcore breakdowns, which in turn morph into walls of guitar noise and screaming vocals. The vocals are a mutated combination of growling, shrieking, and hissing. With the exception of a few slight doses of actual singing, the vocal delivery is oddly consistent.

The songs on The Return To Melancholy aren't particularly accessible. There doesn't exist an overflow of catchy riffs or potential hits. Some of the song structures could probably be much more effective if they were reworked a bit. However, there is certainly no lack of intensity or originality to the band. Every song takes a varied approach, some fast, some slow, some with thrash-type riffs, others with melodic guitar noodling. At times, the band can be downright brutal, as evidenced by tracks such as "Unseen or Unscene" and the album's best offering, "Musical Chairs".

Bottom Line: While some of the songs don't truly distinguish themselves, The Return To Melancholy is a solid album, one that is certainly original and full of variety. And although Red Roses For A Blue Lady have some rough edges that need smoothing, the band definitely has potential, and this album is worth checking out.

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xirvingx   posted 12/3/2016 8:22:04 PM
this band was a typical Florida Hard Core Metal band that gained a decent following than broke up too soon. I played the bass in Red Roses, I survived a massive stroke which destroyed my left side and music career. The five of us played every song with every ounce of energy and emotion we had. Nothing was fake it was all f*cking brutally real
anonymous   posted 10/17/2015 7:02:07 PM
Being the original bass player from red Roses I would kill for a reunion, we did not break up from band issue but as one of the 5 hearts of steel (musical chairs reference) I survived a massive brain stroke from bad genetics. My left hand is permanently crippled and unusable. It was never the same if the 5 of us were not together in hospital it all fell apart.
SNOOPY2   posted 9/27/2012 9:52:10 AM
REFORM WITH A NEW DRUMMER THAT'S LESS HANDICAPPED ALREADY YOU STUPID f*ckING BASTARD CHILDREN OF MUSIC
b1g daddy J_   posted 8/10/2007 2:39:01 PM
yeah the 7 inch was way better than the cd... the drummer on the cd was terrible at best
die x 3_   posted 12/21/2006 2:22:00 PM
good band, awful drumming

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