Regular visitors to this site will know that I am a simple person who mainly likes straight-forward, catchy music. Jazz-fusion-avant-garde-math metal is just not my thing.
An album like this would usually not get as high as rating as this, and I admit that it has taken me some time to appreciate what Australian The Red Shore do on their first full-length, ‘Unconsecrated’.
The only reason I’ve kept listening is that I could immediately hear that the technical level is really high and that considerable effort has been put into the production of the album. And the brutality of it all cannot be questioned either - the same can be said of the groove factor.
What I had to get used to was the fact that this is one of those albums that hammers on the senses with riff upon riff, constant time shifts and breaks.
I suspect that the fact that I can recognise a lot of Deicide, Morbid Angel and Nile in the big mash-up has struck a chord in me. That, mixed with the metalcore elements, creates an in my ears fairly unique audio experience which gives you something new to discover every time you listen to the album.
Check it out.