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The Red Chord - Prey for Eyes Review

by Mike Rapin

I want to break walls; shattering skulls is below me; I devour life. This is The Red Chord's Prey for Eyes.

Let me pose a question to you all, as per the usual review from yours truly: Have you ever been killed and resurrected? If yes, let me meet you new Jesus. But in all seriousness, I feel that Prey for Eyes is a man-killing machine of an album. Does that make sense to you? If not, turn away from this review.

Coming from their last release Clients I was a bit weary to dive into this album, solely because Clients wasn't my favorite album by The Red Chord. Good? Yes…great? Not so much. But let it be known by the mighty gods of media that The Red Chord has reclaimed the throne as 'F**k-you-in-the-bloody-eye-socket-awesome-king-of-technical-metal.'

In all my years of life, I haven't heard any vocals as powerful and bowel-moving as those on Prey for Eyes. I mean, prior albums were f**king heavy and brutal and all that jazz, but Guy Kozowyk (lead vocalist) really upped-his game on this album. And with backing vocals from guitarist Mike McKenzie, you can really feel the life drain from you as the album progresses and eventually kills you, only to resurrect you... metaphorically speaking.

But no, it doesn't stop at the vocals. In fact, Hell no it doesn't! Guitarists Mike Keller and the aforementioned McKenzie spout riffs of fire and chaos that only an anarchist dying in a fire could appreciate. The album mixes well-placed, speedy palm mutes and pitch harmonics that can barely be heard, yet without would destroy the album. Again, the whole 'this band is technical as f**k' comes in to play.

Everything on this album is well placed and well written throughout. Drums hit precisely as intricate guitar riffs are executed like algebraic equations on a computer: flawlessly. Lyrically, I was hurt... but some would call me a mental masochist. And even the damned keyboard (or maybe it was a guitar effect, I'm not sure) that was thrown in there had its perfect place. Once more: executed like math.

Prey for Eyes, I have decided, is pretty damn good. Great, if you must. I may have taken my time to actually come out and actually decide that I liked this album, but nevertheless, it is well worth the buy and the listen. I don't think I'll ever get tired of these guys...

Track Listing:
1. Tread On The Necks Of Kings
2. Send The Death Storm
3. Seminar
4. Responsibles
5. Pray For Eyes
6. Open Eyed Beast Attack
7. Midas Touch
8. It Runs In The Family
9. It Came From Over There
10. Intelligence Has Been Compromised
11. Film Critiques & Militia Men
12. Dread Prevailed
13. Bone Needle
14. Birdbath

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