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EDITORS’ NOTES

Taking inspiration from Dante’s Inferno, Red rips into themes of spiritual conflict on its sophomore album Innocence & Instinct. The volcanic rage and desperate hunger found on the band’s debut effort End of Silence are amplified to even higher levels in these seething, soul-bareing tracks. Red revels in buzzsaw guitar riffs and pummeling drums, then tops things off with swirls of melodramatic strings. What sets them apart are its self-lacerating lyrics, delivered in snarls, yowls and whispers by singer Michael Barnes. The album presents a sustained vision of psychic purgatory, with the balance constantly shifting between salvation and damnation. “Fight Inside,” “Death of Me,” and “Shadows” nearly give the edge to the Evil One, while “Mystery of You” and “Start Again” offer glimmers of God’s presence. “Never Be the Same” is the most radio-friendly track, a stirring affirmation of divine love. In an unusual move for a Christian band, Red ends the album on an ambiguous note with the moody, subdued “Take It All Away,” and an intriguing cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” compliments the group’s originals.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Taking inspiration from Dante’s Inferno, Red rips into themes of spiritual conflict on its sophomore album Innocence & Instinct. The volcanic rage and desperate hunger found on the band’s debut effort End of Silence are amplified to even higher levels in these seething, soul-bareing tracks. Red revels in buzzsaw guitar riffs and pummeling drums, then tops things off with swirls of melodramatic strings. What sets them apart are its self-lacerating lyrics, delivered in snarls, yowls and whispers by singer Michael Barnes. The album presents a sustained vision of psychic purgatory, with the balance constantly shifting between salvation and damnation. “Fight Inside,” “Death of Me,” and “Shadows” nearly give the edge to the Evil One, while “Mystery of You” and “Start Again” offer glimmers of God’s presence. “Never Be the Same” is the most radio-friendly track, a stirring affirmation of divine love. In an unusual move for a Christian band, Red ends the album on an ambiguous note with the moody, subdued “Take It All Away,” and an intriguing cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” compliments the group’s originals.

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About Red

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 Lamb (drummer), and identical twins Anthony Armstrong (guitar/vocals) and Randy Armstrong (bass/piano/vocals), the group cited influence from bands like Chevelle, Linkin Park, and Muse. Spearheaded by the single "Breathe into Me," their first nationally distributed album, End of Silence, was released in June 2006 on Essential Records. Always wanting to directly connect with fans through their energetic live show, Red spent the summer touring nationwide, including dates at multiple festivals. A van crash put injured drummer Hayden Lamb on the sidelines for their 2007 headlining tour, but the group soldiered on -- gaining mass appeal with their rapidly growing CCM fan base. Later in 2007, the band took home the Rock Recorded Song of the Year award at the 38th annual GMA Dove Awards. Innocence & Instinct appeared in 2009, followed by Release the Panic early in 2013. ~ Corey Apar

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • FORMED
    2004

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