Red Method – For The Sick (ReWorks)

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: Self-Released
Released: 2021
Buy Album: https://redmethod.bigcartel.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/RedMethodBand/

Band Line-up:

Jeremy Gomez – Lead Vocals
Alex Avdis – Keyboards & Electronics
Quinton – Lead Guitars
Dave – Guitars
Will – Bass
Fred – Drums

Tracklisting:

01. Slaves To The New World Disorder
02. Cycle Of Violence (ReWork)
03. Messiah (ReWork)
04. The Narcissist’s Prayer (ReWork)
05. Split (ReWork)
06. Ideology Of the Sick (ReWork)
07. Adriel (ReWork)
08. Euphoria Of Transformation (ReWork)
09. My Psychosis (ReWork)
10. The Absent (ReWork)

Review:

Industrial-tinged heavy metal band Red Method released their debut album For The Sick in February 2020. The album was produced by Scott Atkins and features guest appearances by Mikee Goodman (Sikth) and Jason Mendonca (Akercocke). Poised to take the world by storm and then the world was hit by Covid-19, so they decided to fuel their creative juices by working on For The Sick – ReWorks. The band had made the decision to delve into their electronic influences and the work commenced on re-imagining the songs from debut record For The Sick.

The debut album is a hefty slab of visceral industrial metal with elements of nu-metal, clearly influenced by the likes of Slipknot and Limp Bizkit, with hints of Fear Factory, and it was well-received by fans and critics alike upon its release. Tracks like ‘Split’ and ‘Messiah’ completely encapsulate the aggression and violent approach to the music Red Method set out to make.

While working on For The Sick – ReWorks, Red Method made the decision to collaborate remotely and write a brand new original song entitled ‘Slaves To The New World Disorder,’ a song that addresses the current state of the world amidst all of the chaos. ‘Slaves To The New World Disorder’ brought in acclaimed producer Justin Hill (ex-vocalist of Sikth) to manage the mixing and mastering process of this song. Influenced by the trainwreck that was 2020 as a whole, with natural disasters, injustice, and a global pandemic, it’s an angry and explosive track packed with volcanic riffing, harsh vocals, and pummeling drums. It’s a phenomenal way to kick off the album, but sadly, for me, that’s where the main positives end.

Remix albums can be hit or miss, and more often than not, they just don’t particularly land for me. The reworked ‘Messiah’ drops its Slipknot rage for something more akin to Nine Inch Nails, and it does little but make me want to go back to the excellent debut record and just listen to that. ‘Cycle of Violence’ follows much the same fate, exchanging chugging guitars for piano that seems to remove some of the rage and anger present in the original. ‘Adriel’ morphs into a Manson-esque track; it’s an interesting take on the original, but yet again, there’s an itch to just listen to the debut album version.

It’s entirely listenable, and it’s a bold move for the band, I just didn’t have a good time with this one. Existing Red Method fans will find a lot to like here, and it’s an album more for the die-hard fans than your average metalhead. The original debut album is staggeringly good, and I do look forward to what comes next from the Red Method camp, but this is a pass for me.

Review by Jack Merry
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