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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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Red is awesome!! yes if you agree

Red is definitely one of the only bands I would actually go out of my way to show one of my friends. I rarely EVER bother telling anyone about an album coming out, but this one will definitely have to be the exception since their last one was so awesome.

Absolutely Epic

When I first listened to this album, I was blown away--RED's sound has matured some more with their distinct style of layers of strings (REAL strings, not just keyboarded), deep guitar riffs, and smooth vocals that occasionally harden into well-placed screams. The songs are easy to sing along to and the lyrics are deep, focusing on the "fight inside" that each person faces with their dark nature and light nature. The cover to Duran Duran's Ordinary World is very well done, too. It is an amazing sophomore album, as good as (or even better) than their first album, End of Silence. (And to really see who RED is, see them in concert!! They put on an INCREDIBLE show that is super intense!) 5 stars any day!

Trust your instinct -- buy this!

I really can't say enough about this...I wasn't sure whether they could top the phenomenal job they did on End of Silence, but...they did. Quick rundown: -The bonus tracks are definitely worth it. -Drums and lyrics have greatly improved. -Versatility has improved as well...some people had complained that every song sounded the same on EoS. Not the case on this one at all. Overall, it's simultaneously extremely aggressive yet it also has some pop and toned-down elements in there too, which means it can probably please anybody =] Definitely won't regret getting's a must-have for 2009 and will keep you listening until the end.


Formed: 2004 in Nashville, TN

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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