The Red Shore
The Avarice of Man

After ripping my face off with 2009’s Unconsecrated Australia’s The Red Shore return with a new label, a new vocalist and a new drummer ― yet none of those changes stop The Avarice of Man being as completely devastating as the band’s debut.

Despite the fact the band will be lumped in with the current trend of bands blurring the line between technical death metal and deathcore―or dropping deathcore elements (As You Drown, Oceano, Annotations of an Autopsy)―The Red Shore, as with their debut, to these ears, display nothing short of pure brutality. Regardless of how you view them.

In my opinion, The Red Shore still have hints of Decapitated (if you don’t believe me, listen to the title track and “Awakening”) and Nile swirling and lurking amid their more modern, burly exterior, and appear to have even upped the complexity a little making the, at times oppressive heft, even more impressive.

And while some may feel the album’s often relentless pace blends a little too much, personally, the sheer bulldozing nature of the album leaves me breathless with adrenalin sapping ferocity. The total and pure domination of the album’s pace and gait is simply a testament to everything brutal, eschewing anything remotely trendy, scene based or even core leanings.

After the rather needless intro of “Creation”, “Seeds of Annihilation” sets the tone for the next 11 tracks (there is a brief respite for interlude “The Union”) of pure unadulterated sonic savagery. There are so many slabs of neck slapping, spine shattering complexity and monstrous, heaving girth, it can be pretty overwhelming. It’s not a clean, noodly, proggy complexity a la Decrepit Birth either (although “The First and Last Things” tries), but a much fiercer, steroid injected, direct and oppressively heavy sense of menacing intricacy, backed by a robust, bottom end delivery. Look no further than the likes of “The Approaching Tempest”, “Reduced to Ruin”, lumbering mid-section of “And Its Own”,  undeniable standout “Inflict Decreation” and closer “The Relapse of Humanity” for total annihilation. Even if they seem somewhat interchangeable, the sonic force of the tracks will beat you into submission.

On the very slight downside, vocally, Chase Butler isn’t doing anything new or creative and I would not have been aware of vocalist change had I not read of it. There’s also some lyrical/thematic ambiguity as to whether the band is Christian or not (not that it matters to me, but it may to some). Whatever, as it doesn’t change the swathe that The Red Shore‘s The Avarice of Man leaves in its wake as one of 2010’s most relentless albums.

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Written by E. Thomas
November 3rd, 2010

Comments

  1. Commented by: Stacy

    The only gripes I have with this record you mentioned: the songs all tend to blend together with no distinguishable traits for the ‘ol “Oh yea, THAT song!” when a barnburner comes up…

    The production on their previous record sounds a lot heavier and tighter in my opinion, as well. But rather than just sounding like I’m bitching about the new record I’ll state that ‘Unconsecrated’ really shredded my face so my expectations were pretty high for the new album and in reality the guitarists really deliver some amazing riffs that balance brutality and technicality. This concept sounds easier than really done cause in reality most bands say they’re “brutal and technical” when truthfully they actually lean towards one or the other – to my ears The Red Shore do both equality and in a complimentary way.


  2. Commented by: Jim Fear

    Am liking this.Very dense and definitly more than just another “deathcore” release.I saw someone say they miss the old vocalist..you obviously don’t and i think he actually adds to the heavyness by just using a straight up deep register.Good stuff.


  3. Commented by: AARONIUS

    I thought these guys were pretty blatanly ani-religious from what I had read of their previous’s albums lyrics. Does their new vocalist have more of a Christian slant to his lyrics? I was curious about this band as I had heard good things, but I’m not interested if it’s the same old angry tough guy end of the world stuff. ( I’ve already heard the new Acacia Strain).


  4. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    Nah- its not The Acacia Strain/tough guy lyrics, they are pretty intellectual and deep, but lots of references to redemption, salvation and such. The ambiguity comes from the last record was released on Rise Records. Check em out- brutal stuff


  5. Commented by: elguerosinfe

    Great review. I think I’ve listened to this record more than any other in the last 6 months.


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