RED "Gone (Deluxe)"
by Jon Ownbey ( on 2017-11-02 12:30:50

Red releases their 6th studio album Gone. With 17 tracks the album is just over an hour long and is truly an experience for the ears. Known for their unique hard rock sounds and vocals, with a great mix of both this album does not disappoint. Unlike other bands who find one sound that is popular and base their music on it, Red has been a group that has not been afraid to experiment and create a new sound for each of their albums. The core of their music is a mix of rock with elements of classical, these intertwining sounds are the tools for the bands goal of creating an emotional experience for the listener.

Unlike some stories, the band Red was not an overnight success but has been a culmination of a lifelong pursuit. Consisting of guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong these brothers were joined by lead vocalist Michael Barnes. These three have been lifelong friends beginning from where they grew up in Linesville Pennsylvania and have been the core of the band as it has evolved and changed over the years. As they grew up they worked towards their dream of performing on stage, and in 2002 they relocated to Nashville where they were finally able to get a record deal.

The members of Red proclaim themselves as Christians in a rock band and as such their music reflects that philosophy. While not afraid to admit their faith, there is no direct references to it in their music. While lyrically they are not specific, their music does deal with the overarching emotional aspects that every human must deal with, which is that we are all broken.

The bands passion for their music is evident by the hard work that they have put into their music from its creation to the time they have spent touring and building their fan base. This album is a lot of fun to listen to and is very enjoyable. Once again Red has crafted an album that is emotionally hard hitting. Any fan of Red will find this a must have album but its wide range of style and tempo will allow anyone to enjoy this album and not just those who favor heavy metal. I especially enjoyed the songs on the album that were remixed so that the listener could experience the same song in a whole new way. It never felt like they were just filling space but almost like they were entirely different songs. Red has proven themselves as a group that is not only part of, but influencing Christian Rock.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Genre: Rock
Label: Essential Records
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes



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