Red Mourning, Where Stone & Water Meet, 2014
Well, seems that Bad Reputation are up to stretching some boundaries here. So far I reviewed many of their bands and a lot of those operate in blues based hard rock territory. Not Red Mourning. Okay, the press info talks about slide guitar blues, blues harp and stuff. But hey it also states that this is a unique kind of metal and that proves actually true. I mean, how many bands can you name that combine blastbeats with hard core shouting and vocal harmonies, with death metal, hardcore punk, Chicago blues and grunge?
And I know, when you read that it just seems like a bunch of thrown together terms and must lead to patchy songs. At best. But, much to my surprise, the band make it work! Okay, some of their work is not for the faint of heart, but I gotta say, those parts with the vocal harmonies really open up the music and strangely blend very well with the metal core typed singing in the other parts.
And as often is the case, to more you listen to it, the more you are grabbed by this French combo. Yes it is fierce and riffing face melting metal. But I must confess I am really getting into this, especially when you add that it takes balls to go out and combine various influences into an as yet unknown genre. Addictive stuff, so watch out for it!