The Red Chord
's genre-defining (if not genre-creating) debut, "Fused Together in Revolving Doors
" is a milestone. The deathcore genre hasn't ever seen another album like this (save for Pray for Eyes
... by The Red Chord
). Then again, this album isn't really true deathcore. It's a fusion album, seamlessly blending elements of death metal, grindcore, hardcore (through the usage of GOOD breakdowns), jazz, and even a few thrashy sections that are complemented by death vocals.
Fused Together in Revolving Doors
gets off to an extremely explosive start right off the bat. "Nihilist
" takes the bat and aims it directly for the listener's head with a severe pummeling of masterful drum fills, high-pitched screaming from Guy Kozowyck, and insane guitarwork provided by Gunface. After about ten seconds of sheer insanity, the song finds its groove and lays down a nice grindcore riff. It doesn't stay for too long, though, as soon after, a classic-style thrash riff takes the stage.
This type of quick-change mentality sticks for pretty much the whole album, so if you're the type of listener who absolutely needs a solid verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure to understand and enjoy the music, stay away. I'm not saying I have a problem with that style, just that this isn't it.
I also love the vast musical influences this band takes on. If you've ever heard Slipknot's debut demo, "Mate. Feed. Kill
. Repeat.", you'll remember the tune "Do Nothing
/Bitchslap" which features death metal sections fused with straight funk. Here, "Dreaming
in Dog Years" has the same type of vibe, except it abandons it after a while and goes entirely heavy, and it creates an epic climax for the song, and really brings it together.
What I mean is that other bands have flirted with this type of material, but it often winds up with nothing but insanity: noise, screaming, and no coherence whatsoever. With Fused Together in Revolving Doors
, however, you get that sense of coherence; you get to know the songs. What's even better is that the songs are all catchy, and not in that sing-along chorus way, but in the sense that the songs are well written.
if you're up for a challenging listen, I definitely advise you to check this out. It really is a classic of its genre, and I believe people will talk about it for years to come.