Sound — 10
From the get go, The Red Chord unleash an onslaught of terrorizing riffs and eerie melodic symphonies only to give you an appetizer of what's to come. Fed Through The Teeth Machine is most definitely The Red Chord's finest and heaviest release to date. Previous albums being great, but none take the cake as this album does. Every member of this band delivers massive performance, each giving their own impact on each song. From the vocals to the drumming, every member makes the song what it is. The drumming (Brad Fickeisen) is absolutely spectacular, the riffs are unbelievably fresh and raw, the bass player also gives a more than solid performance. What can you expect from a band that's been constantly fine tuning their material since 1999? Brilliant musicianship and excellent songwriting. They add the heaviness where necessary and the slow/melodic as well. The guitarist (GunFace) adds an atmospheric presence with his chord changes and beautiful yet menacing lead lines. As does Greg Weeks on the bass. The Red Chord never fail and this release will satisfy any and all metal-goers out there. My recommendation for listeners planning on previewing the material pre-buying would have to be track number two, called Hour of Rats.
Lyrics — 9
Guy Kozowyk is brilliant at pushing forth emotion through his vocality and lyrics. Everything seems to be tied to subjects that personally bother him and inspire him, thus creating a more devoted performance. Not only is he great at writing lyrics, but he is also totally capable of placing these lyrics exactly where they should be in the songs, giving the work a more heavy and deep feeling. For instance, on the track "Hymns and Crippled Anthems," around 2:20 seconds into the song, the guitars are cut out to a mere feedback/delay effect leaving the vocals to front everything giving him a chance to show he is good on his own need be. I'm going to have to give the vocals a 9/10 because in all honesty, they are as close to perfect as a metal band could get. Very, very strong performance.
Overall Impression — 10
The Red Chord are in a league of their own. There is no other band that gives the same feel to their music as these guys do. What I love so much about this band, is just how mean their music sounds. Plenty of bands can drop tune and play strictly on the bottom strings to achieve a certain heaviness, but these guys don't have the same heaviness. It's the feeling it gives you that other bands can't achieve. For a perfect representation of what I mean, listen to the track "Mouthful of Precious Tones." With the perfect blend of disgustingly tight riffs and a solo reminiscent of Jason Becker, and ending with such feel to it, you'll wonder why you haven't checked this out yet. Best song on the album right there and definitely shows what these guys are made of. Considering this album has risen to the top of my favorite albums, I would easily purchase it again. Fed Through the Teeth Machine delivers and never fails. And if you really want to get down with how a breakdown should sound like, listen to the song "The Ugliest Truth."