Red Remedy : Oblivion
Pieced together over the course of several months and recorded predominately live in the studio, Oblivion is one hell of an impressive first effort for young Sydney-based heavy rock outfit Red Remedy; one that only promises bigger things from the band in the years to come.
Red Remedy certainly don’t waste their time getting straight to the point with the opening track Am I Coming Around, with the four piece act laying down some thick and heavy riffs, plenty of slamming drums and a constant driving bass sound, all of which combine to create a sound that’s as hard-hitting as it is catchy. Zach Evans’ strong vocal presence and great command of melodies is definitely a big selling point for the band’s message, but unlike a lot of acts, it doesn’t in any way water down the band’s penchant for creating huge sounds on the musical front.
Picking up precisely where the opener finishes is Sinned For, which is a monster of a track with its darker vibe and huge guitar drenched sound, while One To Blame and Take It keep things moving along in a determined fashion.
The slower-paced Whipping Boy is a bit of an oddity on the album with its subdued feel, while Temporary Beings, Tunnel Vision and The Fray show a little more experimentation slipping into the band’s song writing, with shades of progressive influences (in a kind of Tool-like sense) helping to shake things up a little more, and helping them all stand out as the stronger cuts the EP has to offer.
For a debut release, Oblivion is absolutely one rocking effort. Red Remedy have the songs, the big guitar riffs and the sound all working for them. In other words, if the band manage to retain these key essential elements in their songwriting, without a doubt success is only a matter of when, rather than if.