10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its fourth album, Red ups the melodic quotient in its music without sacrificing the hard rock aggression fans have come to expect. This time out, the grinding intensity and spiritual desperation that have characterized the Christian quartet’s work are tempered by a broader artistic vision. With the aid of producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., My Chemical Romance, Skillet), Red stretches out to embrace soaring balladry (“Hold Me Now,” “So Far Away”) and galvanizing shout-along pop (“Same Disease”). There’s a new crispness to Release the Panic’s rhythms, heard in the hard-pumping grooves of “Die for You” and the propulsive dynamics of “If We Only.” Frontman Michael Barnes leans toward the clean side of his singing prowess, though tracks like “Damage” and the title track find his larynx-mauling growl in fine shape as well. The struggle to know God amid the corruption of modern life remains Red’s lyrical focus—“Perfect Life” (a stinging rejection of materialist culture) and “The Moment We Come Alive” (a plea for salvation in a crumbling world) testify to the band’s undiminished faith and its road-seasoned sense of craft.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

On its fourth album, Red ups the melodic quotient in its music without sacrificing the hard rock aggression fans have come to expect. This time out, the grinding intensity and spiritual desperation that have characterized the Christian quartet’s work are tempered by a broader artistic vision. With the aid of producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., My Chemical Romance, Skillet), Red stretches out to embrace soaring balladry (“Hold Me Now,” “So Far Away”) and galvanizing shout-along pop (“Same Disease”). There’s a new crispness to Release the Panic’s rhythms, heard in the hard-pumping grooves of “Die for You” and the propulsive dynamics of “If We Only.” Frontman Michael Barnes leans toward the clean side of his singing prowess, though tracks like “Damage” and the title track find his larynx-mauling growl in fine shape as well. The struggle to know God amid the corruption of modern life remains Red’s lyrical focus—“Perfect Life” (a stinging rejection of materialist culture) and “The Moment We Come Alive” (a plea for salvation in a crumbling world) testify to the band’s undiminished faith and its road-seasoned sense of craft.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

254 Ratings

254 Ratings

Greatest Band EVER

spencetron83

An amazing band with a sound that moves a nation. They changed their sound a little on this album but still hits home with every note. RELEASE THE PANIC!!!!

Excited!

Staindsaliva

Can't wait to hear the rest of the album. Red never disappoints.

LET YOUR PANIC OUT!

insta_bruggs

This band screams scary in a gr8 way! Like screamo but better

About Red

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." Comprising Barnes, Jasen Rauch (guitar), Hayden Lamb (drummer), and identical twins Anthony Armstrong (guitar/vocals) and Randy Armstrong (bass/piano/vocals), the group cited influences from bands like Chevelle, Linkin Park, and Muse.

Spearheaded by the single "Breathe into Me," RED's 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, the band 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 RED soldiered on -- gaining mass appeal with their rapidly growing CCM fanbase. 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. A remix version of the latter LP, Release the Panic: Recalibrated, preceded the arrival of the group's fifth studio long-player, 2015's Of Beauty and Rage, which was promoted with a graphic novel telling the story behind the album. September 2017 saw the band drop a pair of singles, "Still Alive" and "Losing Control," in anticipation of the release of the full-length Gone, which arrived later that October. ~ Corey Apar

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2004

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