Prey For Eyes Review

artist: The Red Chord date: 08/08/2007 category: compact discs
The Red Chord: Prey For Eyes
Release Date: Jul 24, 2007
Label: Metal Blade
Genres: Grindcore, Death Metal
Number Of Tracks: 14
Prey For Eyes is an album that has precious little going for it, bar the occasional sparks of brilliance.
 Sound: 7.5
 Lyrics: 7.5
 Overall Impression: 7.5
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overall: 5.3
Prey For Eyes Reviewed by: UG Team, on august 08, 2007
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: You take a good dose of Napalm Death, throw in some of the classic early death bands like Cynic and Death, and the outcome should be a band like The Red Chord. The sound and production of the album leaves a bit to be desired. It's an OK production, but it doesn't raise any eyebrows. It's not as meaty and thick as most other metal albums coming out these days (see albums produced by Andy Sneap for meaty and thick productions). Of course this may, or may not have been intentional, but the production still doesn't impress me. // 5

Lyrics: In terms of lyrics, it's pretty solid. You have fairly stock topics, but that's to be expected in this day and age. There are only so many things you can write about, and just about all topics have been covered by now. It's aggressive as hell, so expect no Warrant-themed lyrics. For a more elaborate discussion and analysis of the lyrics, a sheet with the lyrics sure would've been swell. // 6

Overall Impression: This album suffers from one of the reoccurring problems of albums these days, it's too padded. You have 14 tracks, but it would've been better had you axed 3 or 4 tracks from it (such as the opener and the trippy, but utterly pointless instrumental). You do get some nice shifts in timesignatures, tempos and a few good riffs. Sadly, complexity and a few good riffs do not a good album make. The early barrage of "Dread Prevailed" and "Send the Death Storm" gets the album going well, but then around the middle it starts to drag. However, the album ends very well with two fine tracks, "Bone Needle" and "Seminar". Somewhere along the line, the coherence seems to be a bit lost. There're bands that can use that vibe to make their material enjoyable as hell (such as Cynic and Atheist), but that vibe doesn't help this album at all. In fact, it more or less sinks it. // 5

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overall: 9.7
Prey For Eyes Reviewed by: slipknot6665, on august 08, 2007
0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: Inspired by events where my brother (Guy Kozowyk's brother), who is a prison guard, walks in on an inmate doing something ridiculous in his cell. The prisoner won't talk and gets into this dialogue via a notepad. After documenting that he can no longer talk because the devil removed his tongue, my brother checks the cons mouth with his flashlight. When he tells him that his tongue is definitely intact, the inmate replies with the cryptic message "Pray for Eyes" First things first, these guys are freaking crazy. The members of the band include Guy Kozowyk and his insane, deep brutal screaming vocals, Mike "Gunface" McKenzie and his technical, and lets not forget heavy guitar riffs, Greg Weeks and his complex guitar backing bass riffs, and Brad Fickeisin and his insane blast beats. These four together create a very diverse and very interesting sound. This album is very well produced which adds to how great this album is. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrical theme throughout this album is based of the "Pray for Eyes" message. It features Nate Newton of Converge and Jonny Davy from Job For A Cowboy, who contribute vocals on two songs apiece. The Red Chord always like to insert an odd line in a few songs such as "Mr.Dick? Why do you still have an erection." heard in Responsibilities. Great lyrics and vocals as always from TRC. // 9

Overall Impression: Prey for Eyes is a great follow-up to Clients.My favorite songs are "Send the Death Storm", "Pray for Eyes", "It Came From Over There" and "Bone Needle". "It Came From There" is a very unique and an interesting instrumental. It shows how unique The Red Chord can be by experimenting with their songs. This truly is a great album in the Death Metal/Grindcore genre. I recommend this to anyone that are fans of Nile, Job For a Cowboy, Cannibal Corpse and other similar bands. If this were lost or stolen I would definitely buy this album again and you should too! // 10

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