Unconsecrated Review

artist: The Red Shore date: 11/12/2009 category: compact discs
The Red Shore: Unconsecrated
Released: Nov 8, 2008
Genre: Deathcore, Death Metal
Label: Siege Of Amida Records
Number Of Tracks: 10
Unconsecrated is the debut studio album by Australian deathcore band The Red Shore, released on November 8, 2008.
 Sound: 7.5
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 7.5
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overall: 7.7
Unconsecrated Reviewed by: Blue?, on november 21, 2008
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Sound: Since the tragic death of their singer Damien Morris aswell as their driver Andy Milner, The Red Shore has not stood still. Jamie Hope the bands then bassist took the vocals head on and over the last year they have underwent a constant touring schedule and recorded their debut album "Unconsecrated". The level of musicianship displayed on the album is quite good. Jamie presents good screams and decent growls, the guitar work displays the typical dissonant aspects and chugging that is widely used with a few surprising moments here and there. The bass remains partially audible which isout of the ordinaryand the drums present a full on attack brimming with talent (to me but I'm no drummer) that can be likened to constant kicks to the throat. Unconsecrated is also a fairly short album clocking in at just 34min. // 8

Lyrics: Comparing Jamies screams and guttural growls to Damiens leaves something to be desired however considering he has only been at the helm for less than a year this is by far acceptable. Unconsecrated is in fact a concept album that has been held since Damiens death. The concept being "... an epic tale of the forces of heaven and hell battling for the supremacy on the battleground of planet earth" as described by Jamie Hope. While the concept may seem generic, it's lyrical implementation is great from what I can decipher from the constant assault of shrieks and growls it avoids the overused generic depictions of decapitation and mutilation that seems to run rampant through the genre and focuses on painting a decent narrative with each song furthering it in significant ways. // 8

Overall Impression: Unconsecrated is basically just another deathcore album swimming in a pool of mediocrity with tech death flaring's here and there while this album does not radically redefine the deathcore genre nor does it really attempt to. It does however provide a nice treat and shows that the band can conjure up truly brilliant moments (like the last minute of Deception: Prologue or Nephilim which pulls off a killer harmony on par with most melodeath). However it remains to be seen if the band can exploit these moments into full songs and if the day comes that they do The Red Shore will become the diamond in the rough for most hessian's and will take their place as something more than deathcore. // 7

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overall: 7.7
Unconsecrated Reviewed by: UG Team, on november 12, 2009
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Sound: The Red Shore's debut release, Unconsecrated, has a first impression of a sweet album due to the cover, but they always say to not base items off their cover, and for this album, it is the truth. The sound of the album is very heavy, almost too heavy. While playing the songs through headphones, the sound gets distorted. The drums become too loud and the guitars become too distorted and sound fuzzy. Every song has a fast guitar riff or fast palm muting with great drumming skills. The guitars on the album are composed very nicely, when you can hear them. Most of the album is heavy palm muting and chord changes, with some sweet riffs and licks thrown in the mix. The third song on the album Deception: Prologue, has a very complex riff but the riff gets lost in the poor mixing of the drums. Do not get me wrong, the drums and guitars and bass are beautifully composed. Slain By The Serpent has a good harmony in the middle, creating a metalcorish feel to the album. This metalchorish feel is again brought back on the song Nephilim, which is a instrumental with a softer feel, which was beautifully input after the first eight songs, which are brutal in your face songs. The drums have fast tempos, and feature beautiful double bass patterns that show the skills of the drummer, Jake Green. The rhythm of each track fits the bands Death Metal style, this is proven beautifully by the song Architects of Repulsion, which has beautifully crafted palm muting along with the drumming of Green. The sound of the album is kind of mushy and fuzzy at times, but the skills of the band and the complexity each song has makes up for it. // 7

Lyrics: The lyrics are beautifully written. The songs mainly speak of death and one's journey through the apocalypse. The singer Jamie Hope does a great job with the vocals. His growls and screams are deep and give a good sense of how the band still grows without old vocalist, Damien Morris. Every song has a mix of dark grunts, growls, shouts, or even high pitched screams that remind one of Dani Filth. // 8

Overall Impression: This album reminded me of better Bring Me The Horizon. Every song was crafted with great complexity, and this is shown by the great amount of winding riffs. The drums are also a trademark on this album, with some of the fastest double bass beats out there. The most impressive songs on the album are Architects Of Repulsion, The Garden Of Impurity, and Nephilim. I love the fact that The Red Shore has combined elements of Death Metal, Mathcore, and Doom together into one dark and thrashing album. The only problem is the mixing was not impressive at times. Otherwise, the band's debut album was a success! // 8

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