(8/10) Flood Of Red is a band from Scotland which was founded in 2006 by a bunch of young guys, who recently finished school.
The band released their new album "Throw" these days. It is the second full-length record after their 2010 debut "Leaving everything behind". Flood Of Red published also two EP's so far. The first one, "Lost in the light", was actually the one which gave the band a first push.
It isn't the easiest thing to describe the sound of the Flood Of Red. They have e.g. Modern Metal riffs in their songs ("Throw") as well as they sound sometimes even like Sting and The Police. An example herefore is "Part truth / part fiction". Esp. the vocals of singer Jordan Piers show paralells with the frontman from the famous trio. The ballad "Hiding out" reminds with its gorgeous soundscape to Pink Floyd, while "Ye die, ye die" is a dark and fragile acoustic song. It's a sad song with a high emotional impact.
Those cross references show the musical scope of the six guys from Scotland. Also the closer "White Russian" is an interesting tune, since the band manages to integrate in a subtle way Russian sound element in the track, without letting them become too dominant.
The red thread in all this diversity is the high musical standard of each song. Flood Of Red manages to create great sounds with a progressive touch which also reflects a lot of passion and dedication. The guys seem to love music. This is also reflected by the fact that they love to play shows and concerts. Playing live was one of the reasons to start with Flood Of Red.
What stands out too is the cover. It has a quite depressive expression, which isn't really reflected in the music. But it has the same emotional impact as the songs - and it gives a lot of room for interpretation.
I'm surprised of the album - positively surprised. Thumbs up.
- Part truth / part fiction
- Hiding out
- Whispers and choirs
- Cutting limes
- Ye die, ye die
- The treasure (I have lost)
- White Russian
Label: Superball Music
Genre: Dark Rock