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The Red Death
External Frames of Reference (Metal Blade Records)

By: Mike SOS

The Red Death is an Upstate New York based outfit whose 10-track debut blends the guttural growls of death metal with the soaring riffs of Swedish metal, creating yet another band in the long, drawn out metalcore genre. This quintet's vocal attack comes sans any clean singing (a big plus), and sounds more raw than its peer's releases, making tracks like "Aftertaste of the Emaciated" and "Silent Machines" strike harder than usual. Otherwise, The Red Death's slash and burn delivery, churning rhythms, staccato guitars, and impassioned screams aren't anywhere near innovative, but do a cohesive and competent job in pleasing your inner headbanger.
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