The Red Chord - Fused Together In Revolving Doors (Cover Artwork)

The Red Chord

The Red Chord: Fused Together In Revolving DoorsFused Together In Revolving Doors (2002)
Robotic Empire

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: InSpaceWithAKnifeInSpaceWithAKnife
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Looks like someone beat me to the punch of Robotic Empires latest stellar full length release of Circle Takes The Square. That's ok though, I will enjoy the chance that I get to take a look at Red Chords 2002 debut "Fused Together In Revolving Doors." Not to sound trite, but I must say this is one .
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Looks like someone beat me to the punch of Robotic Empires latest stellar full length release of Circle Takes The Square. That's ok though, I will enjoy the chance that I get to take a look at Red Chords 2002 debut "Fused Together In Revolving Doors." Not to sound trite, but I must say this is one hell of a release.

The Red Chord is a death metal, hardcore, grind influenced band that hails from mighty Boston. They play hard, fast, and very technical ala Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge, but maintaining a rhythm section that doesn't sound over chaotic. The songwriting sucks you into a gaping black hole of integrity never letting you go, and always keeping it interesting. For the most part the lyrics will disturb the average listener with bold descriptive pieces such as:

"Avarice and stubbornness converge into stupidity.
In two we have begotten our desserts and transform.
As we become food for the earth and for the rats.
I never forget a face and this time I'm taking names - this time I'm... Screech and pop of this hollow shell would have provided escape for the fortunate."

There is also some downright unsettling lines like the one found in the song, "Nihilist." For example:

"It only hurts the first time,
until you find conviction to draw first blood and suffocate remorse and realize that your actions were so beautiful in a violent sense of the word.
The skin peels away - as I spill your guts.
There's nothing sweeter than the taste of the blood of a rapist."

The sheer beauty is not only in the lyrics on this record, but also the brilliant circus like guitar riffs and extremely solid drumming. Every song on the album is explosive delivering no filler tracks, and leaving you breathless after every heart stopping breakdown. There are two vocalist in the band that being of the guitarist and the lead vocalist. Their voices will simply astonish the listener ranging from high pitched screeches to haunting low level growls, at all times with overwhelming passion. Tons of emotions are emphasized in every single word that are spit from the duo.

In short "Fused Together In Revolving Doors" makes other acts of this genre (with exceptions of a few) look silly, with their high intensity and overall musical talent. This is the heaviest record put out in a long time, and will be sure to raise the bar for all bands alike.


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Anonymous (March 17, 2006)

I love this album. I like it more than Clients, but both seriously kick ass.

I can't wait to see them live.

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

insane album
i met them last year with all that remains
now ozzfest this year mass metal is taking over

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MrAwesome (July 26, 2005)

the red chord = incredible. end of story

and whoever typed that fuckin novel down there is a T O T A L F A G

Anonymous (June 2, 2004)

fucking stupid. i had the misfortune to watch this dumb band play for almost 30 minutes while hordes of long haired tight jean wearing studded belt clad kids did jumping jacks and karate chops in front of them like they were running some kind of tai-bo class. fuck this crap.

samnorth (March 13, 2004)

the red chord are amazing.

in response to the guy who said that they only have one singer....not true, as the reviewer stated, the guitarist does lots and lots of vocals. his name is gunface.

on another note, is it possible to dislike a band with a guitarist named gunface?

Anonymous (March 11, 2004)

never heard these guys...they are playing live in my town soon. i think i'll check them out.

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

"Jesus Christ...I don't spend that much time writing anything"

That doesn't suprise anyone.

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

this band fucking rips.

t-rav (March 10, 2004)

Jesus christ...I dont spend that much time writing anything.

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

"I'm sick of hearing about the latest "emo/screamo/metalcore" craze...I suggest you get back to the roots of where this shit was unfortunatley born:
Usurp Synapse
Iconoclast (not the calif. of UK vers.)
You and I
Books Lie
Rites of spring
Even Saetia...(even though it's cool to like them now)
and that's in no particular order..."

Ok, for one you act like your some kind of knowledge God by name dropping bands. Am I suppose to be impressed? "Even Saetia...(even though it's cool to like them now)"
So what the hell do you mean by that? If its "cool" to like a band than you automatically write them off. That's cool I guess considering Saetia is amazing. Oh well I guess if they get semi-popular then don't like them cause you're scenester friends will make fun of you if you do. And who gives a shit about the bands you listed, because 99 percent of the people you explained that to don't care. After all you did post that on a "Funeral For A Friend" review where kids that like Finch or The Used will most likely go. Most of those people aren't going to know who Rites Of Spring or any of those bands you metioned are granted I am a fan of those bands and Funeral For A Friend.
Second don't automatically tag The Red Chord as "tech metal."
Your just making up genres and we have enough of those already. Shame on myself for doing the same thing because when it comes down to it they are just metal, period.
Finally I would just like to say that this comment is not meant to attack you personally, because from what I've seen you know a lot about music in general. I'm not going to call you an elitest like the fellow a few below did, but I will say you have to know there are people that love the whole metalcore scene. I admit that I like a lot of it. The fact is there is talent in every kind of music whether you like it or not. Anyway take what you will from this, its my opinion, and thats cool if you respect it, its cool if you don't.


FortyMinutesWest (March 9, 2004)

Amazing band, one of my favorite albums of the past few years.

t-rav (March 9, 2004)

I hate the nu-core and it hates me..we're on the same plane

t-rav (March 9, 2004)

and how is that?

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

good band and also a very good review.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Thank you Scott for posting this, I never thought it would come.


Anonymous (March 9, 2004)


I happened to stumble across something you posted in the Funeral For A Friend review, and I would just like to politely say you are the biggest elitest I've ever seen.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

This band has only one singer, Guy. He does all of the screaming. He's a fucking beast.

t-rav (March 9, 2004)

I had magical ball fuzz in 4th grade...
t-rav a.k.a.(earlybloomer)

Oh and the red-chord are fucked up If your into nutty tech-metal get it.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

I'm pretty sure fifth graders do not understand what rape is until they have hit puberty.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Those lyrics made me laugh...blood of a rapist. Hahaha. Are they in fifth grade?

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

This band fucking slays me. "Like a Train Through A Pidgeon" makes me defecate in my pants.


Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Omfg incredible album destroys all hardcore metal bs!!!!!

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

I love this band.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

shit i say, shit!

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

this album is shit

Conduit (March 9, 2004)

Great album, good review too. They are rediculous live.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Fucking brutal.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

amazing album, amazing band

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