red

01. Fight Inside
02. Death Of Me
03. Mystery Of You
04. Start Again
05. Never Be The Same
06. Confession
07. Shadows
08. Ordinary World
09. Out From Under
10. Take It All Away

Verdict: 8

RED is a Christian group from the US. They got quite a lot of attention with their debut album End of Silence that was released back in 2006. Now it's time for the follow up, Innocence & Instinct

They were even nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album" category. The album's first single, "Breathe Into Me," peaked at #15 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and won the "Rock Recorded Song of the Year" award at the 38th annual GMA Dove Awards in 2007.

According to Wikipedia Red made Radio & Records history as the first band in Christian rock history to have a song debuting at #1 when the first single from Innocence & Instinct, "Fight Inside" was released in November 2008

So are they really that good? This is after all just the second album and the boys ought to feel some pressure.

Sure, this is solid album from the start to the end. The album is polished to the max and the songs are strong, every single one of them. There is a strong resemblance of bands like Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin and Skillet.

The only complaint is that they rarely stray from the path of success. Everything has been done before them and they even throw in the obligatory cover song. In this case it's Ordinary World originally recorded by Duran Duran some twenty years back.

In the press release promoting the album they don't shy from big words:

They don't In Dante's Inferno, the Gates of Hell read, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." But when the Gates finally face Innocence & Instinct, Hell won't know what hit it.

Well we don't agree with that but sure if you like epic music that has an edge to it. You are weak for bands throwing in big string sections and prefabricated synthesizer veils then this will be right up your alley.

We, we like it a lot!