Release Date: February 28th 2020
Label: Depraved Records
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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, for Red Method, the new group from ex-members of Meta-Stasis and The Defiled, it’s the crux of what makes their debut such an uninspired affair.
With three of the four current singles being almost a year old on a ten-track release, complete with interludes and a cover, the band leave themselves very little space to offer anything new or of value on ‘For The Sick’.
Starting with the positives, the album is immaculately produced. The use of seven and eight string guitars helps to chug things along with the combined clarity and heft of djent and early 2000s nu-metal, while the drumming is pristine and remarkably technical.
With all due respect, the performances are not what’s at fault here; the band possess all of the components to make a great song. It’s their lack of imagination that prevents any of the material from making a genuine impact. The use of keyboards and synths are minimal and amount to little more than background aesthetics, while the vocals are easily the biggest point of contention.
Frontman Jeremy Gomez is a talented vocalist, this goes without saying, but once the initial impression of his controlled growling and dynamic range wears off, something becomes abundantly clear – the delivery, cadence, and attitude, all when digested in tandem with the music, reeks of Slipknot, and not in some admirable wearing your influences on your sleeve sort of way. This is more like two steps away from plagiarism.
Once this penny drops, the album is rendered almost lifeless. Most tracks trudge along with a drawn out intro that slowly builds momentum before levelling out at another plateau of low chugs, blast beats, and Gomez delivering the most uncanny Corey Taylor meets Dez Fafara impression. This constantly ensues before the atypical clean vocal segments, that sound like dull b-sides from ‘All Hope Is Gone’. It’s all topped off by a bizarre cover of ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ by Nirvana to close.
While Red Method exude confidence and ability, ‘For The Sick’ is nothing more than a bland rehash, both musically and aesthetically, of a period dominated by the likes of Slipknot, DevilDriver, Mudvayne, and American Head Charge, to name just a few. With nothing to offer in the identity department, there’s a major risk of being regarded as little more than a nostalgia act, minus the nostalgia.
Lover of choons, flums, bukes and such. I like making music. I like writing about music. I like burgers and emo-trap. Also suffer from a slight case of knowitallism. I wish every song had a breakdown.