Hold Me Now
Label: Essential Records
When it comes to post-grunge bros who are also Christian bros, RED are of the fire-and-brimstone persuasion. "Release The Panic" reinforces this right out of the gate. "'Cause you're trapped in the countdown/ And your days are numbered/ Don't you know that you're done for," rages Michael Barnes over an industro-riff clearly inspired by Page Hamilton. This fatalism also manifests itself in the form of Barnes' reoccurring obsessions: sickness ("Same Disease"), death ("Die for You") and scarring ("Love Will Leave a Mark"). Forget all that black metal hokum; RED's prophecy is far bleaker.