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Album Review

Even though Red is technically a Christian-based alternative rock quintet, you wouldn't necessarily know this detail by listening to their debut album, End of Silence. Polished and ready for secular rock radio, Red produce fiercely passionate music influenced by contemporary bands like Linkin Park and Chevelle. Leaning closer to the latter, Red is far from a rap-rock outfit. But their use of textured backdrops and heavy, crunching riffs clearly brings to mind the atmosphere of many a Linkin Park song. For proof, look no further than the band's first single "Breathe into Me," which layers thick guitars and fiery strings into a song that sounds like a less beat-oriented "One Step Closer." Lead singer Mike Barnes doesn't have as expressive a voice as Chester Bennington (how many really do?), but he does a remarkably good job loading each song with powerful emotion — from passionate singing to distraught shrieking — to make up for the slightly derivative tone of the overall record. There is nothing here that hasn't already been done in some other form, but where other bands are just pissed off and jaded, Red clearly believe in every note played. They confront universal topics from their lives — pain, loneliness, confusion — but there's an underlying theme of redemption that keeps things from becoming just depressing. It's in these moments that the band's faith shines through; they're never overt about their Christianity — listeners could easily assume Barnes is talking to a friend or lover, for instance, instead of God — but for those that understand the context of his words and, simply, his relationship with Christ, the band's lyrics will ring even more meaningful. Red's addition of string sections and piano parts on most every song (and not just in delicate tracks like "Pieces" and "Already Over, Pt. 2") gives a nice ethereal edge to the band's otherwise intense and crashing rhythms. Altogether, End of Silence could just as easily storm the mainstream as take over the hearts of its primary Christian audience.

Customer Reviews

Wow, this is great!

I first heard this band a while ago, when I saw the video for 'Breathe Into Me'. I thought the song was pretty awesome, but I didn't check who made it. About a half a year later, I randomly came across this album. Woah, man. This album has a lot of power behind it. I love it. The lyrics are beautiful, the music is awesome, and it's got plenty of energy. I suppose the music style is similar to Linkin Park, except without the rap, and with more piano, more strings, and occasionally an acoustic guitar. Great stuff. Something I really love about this band is that although it's a Christian band, I can easily share it with my non-Christian friends. The lyrics are subtle enough for everyone to relate to, and not just Christians. Great job, Red! You're now one of my favourite bands, and I'm looking forward to another album in the future!! -D

Amazing

RED is amazing. They have so much talent. Yes, you may not know at first glance whether they are a Christian band or not, but they deffinately are. if you listen to their lyrics, you'll see. Take 'Breathe into Me' as an example. It is a whirlwind of talent, with lyrics of surrendering to God. These guys rock!

pretty damn good

stumbled upon Red in a search and I have to admit I'm pretty impressed. If you're a fan of the ol' Linkin Park, this will definitely give you what you want. I've been using it for working out as well... all in all: Solid tracks.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Christian-based post-grunge outfit Red first got their start in Pennsylvania playing contemporary Christian covers to area youth groups. They soon grew tired of pop songs, however, and began crafting their own hard-edged rock tunes that often confronted personal issues from their lives. According to lead singer Mike Barnes, the name Red was chosen as a symbol "for the blood of Christ and what it represents: passion, pain, but ultimately, redemption." Comprised of Barnes, Jasen Rauch (guitar), Hayden...
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