You know you’re doing something right when you find yourself supporting the likes of Chimaira, Revoker, Beholder and Breed 77. These guys also won the Kerrang! TNA competition which saw their track ‘Kneel Before You Die’ broadcast in 27 countries around the world. Coming from the UK Midlands, Left For Red have been dong their thing since 2010; they have built up a vast following and are reported to perform cracking live shows (on my to-do list).
All Things Known And Buried is the band’s debut album and follows two EPs: Vol 001 – Empty Shell and Vol 002 – Mercy Flight, both of which saw widespread praise and recognition from the likes of Kerrang!, Big Cheese and Rock Sound; this album is set to be no different.
The overall sound of the album is well polished; each instrument has its own space and none dominate. Rob Hadley and Dan Carter work well together to provide a solid rhythm section. Rob holds the pace on the drums offering beats and fills to complement each track without going overboard; although he does squeeze in a cheeky cow bell in ‘Crooked Path’ which brought a smile to my face, nice job! Dan’s meaty bass sound links rhythm to melody and, on more than one occasion, the duo deliver some truly sexy intros.
Between them, Phil Smith and Aaron Foy deliver tight rhythm and lead guitar parts with some skilfully understated parts throughout the album. There is nothing remarkable happening but the music is very good, delivering some superb and dangerously catchy riffs, and maintains a similar feel throughout; this is a good thing in my mind as it suggests they have definitely settled into a style.