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Release The Panic by Red

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Rock, Album, Recommended, Chart, Airplay
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Fourth album from the popular Nashville hard rockers.

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  1. 1. Release The Panic
  2. 2. Perfect Life
  3. 3. Die For You
  4. 4. Damage
  5. 5. Same Disease
  6. 6. Hold Me Now
  7. 7. If We Only
  8. 8. So Far Away
  9. 9. Glass House
  10. 10. The Moment We Come Alive
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7/10

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Anoracks might want to observe that this set from the Nashville-based hard rockers was the only non-worship or hymnody album showing on Britain's first ever Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart. In the US, of course, Red have built up quite a following and after releasing a pair of heavy metal/post grunge efforts they followed through with a less well received modern folk-tinged album. Now with their fourth studio release eclecticism clearly rules. There are throat-shredding metal items like the title track and "Damage" which are possibly heavier than anything on their first two albums but on the other end there are radio friendly pop rockers like "Hold Me Now" and "The Moment We Come Alive" which would fit pretty neatly onto the Cross Rhythms playlist. Overall this is Michael Barnes' best vocal performance to date. His highs and lows, screamed notes and strained growls all seem appropriate to the songs and arrangements while the album's lyrical content almost reads like a testimony with songs dealing with faking the Christian life, a Christocentric plea for mercy ("Die For You") and a song "So Far Away" which neatly recognises that Christ never leaves us, it's us who are pulling away. 'Release The Panic' has received some extremely mixed reviews with producer Howard Benson taking considerable flack. Sputnik Music suggested that "our eardrums are pummelled with the same sounds for the length of the LP, creating monotony," while a Cross Rhythms writer observed "almost the entire second half of 'Release The Panic' is given over to ballads, and it sure does drag." For me though, this album still contains some excellent cuts.

Style: Rock
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 132299
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Provident 083061094720
Items: 1
Release Date: 25 Feb 2013

Fourth album from the popular Nashville hard rockers.

RED is back with its monstrous fourth album entitled Release The Panic. Following the hugely successful album Until We Have Faces, a massive year on the road touring with Winter Jam, P.O.D and Thousand Foot Krutch to name just a few, RED is poised to take its high-energy, rocket-fuelled music to new heights in 2013.

Release the Panic contains even more guitars, programmed elements and, if you can believe it, rocks even harder than ever. Lyrically, RED has always dealt with darker parts of the human experience in a real and authentic way but always with redemption in view. This album is no different. Song themes include facing our mistakes, facing our mortality, and not being afraid to show our true selves.

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