Released By : Self Released
Genre : Modern Alt. Metal, Hard Rock
Link : http://www.myspace.com/redremedyband
1. Am I Coming Around
2. Sinned For
3. One To Blame
4. Take It
5. Whipping Boy
7. Tunnel Vision
8. The Fray
As far as self-funded debut releases go, I have to say that by the time I was finished with OBLIVION from Sydney, Australia band RED REMEDY I was quite impressed and can’t help but think that this band won’t stay unsigned for much longer as long as this disc falls into the right people’s hands.
RED REMEDY have an interesting sound that takes its cues from a mixture of modern radio rock and some late nineties/early 2000’s alternative rock and metal a la bands like INCUBUS, SEVENDUST and fellow hometown heroes GRINSPOON. But where the sound really flourishes is with the addition of a heavy layer of melodic rock sensibility and a real no-jokes underlying groove. The songwriting in general here is of a very high quality, and while this is music catered more toward a younger audience, rock fans of all ages should be at least able to appreciate the effort that has gone into making everything about this disc as professional and accessible as possible. This dedication to excellence has led to a few really awesome tracks too and highlights include AM I COMING AROUND, ONE TO BLAME and my personal favourite TEMPORARY BEINGS, which is a great track that brings the intensity back directly following the discs only slow tune WHIPPING BOY (my personal least favourite track of the album).
While I was very impressed with everything on offer here from the songwriting to the production and to the musicianship, possibly the most impressive element of OBLIVION is the freaking awesome vocals of Zach Evans, who has more than just a passing resemblance to INCUBUS frontman Brandon Boyd. I’m not sure what other acts this guy has been involved with in the past but there’s no way he’s new to the scene, this has to be the voice of an experienced vocalist that has learned how to utilize his strengths perfectly and never waivers from his great vocal style.
I’m almost certain that RED REMEDY are destined for bigger and better things, but while the band wait for the rest of the world to catch on I’m more than happy to herald these guys as one of the best Aussie modern alt. rock groups of this era and am willing to recommend them to anybody that will listen.
Written By ZeeZee
Rating : 9/10