Redbait
Red Tape
(2018)
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Hardcore, Punk
Sounds Like:
Nasty Taste, Dougnuts
Monday, September 17, 2018
This is a hardcore vocal frenzy. A flurry of sonic pipes raining down on the listener. Rebecca and Madeline are one heck of a duo and their metal harmonies and hardcore punk mastery is profound on this concise EP. Red Tape is brief but if grabs a hold of your distorted world and does not let go. The Redbait sound is refreshing and unique as metal hardcore fans looking for something a bit different will really appreciate this one. We found that the intriguing sounds had us dialed into the lyrics as we embraced the intelligent imagery and lyrics. Our only complaint, to be frank, is that the quintet from St. Louis Missouri have only released these brief tracks, it’s too damn short!

Track Listing:
1. We Refuse 2:45
2. I’ll Be Fine 2:50
3. Smoke in Your Eyes 2:38
4. Dick Punch (live) 1:05

Standout Track:
"I’ll Be Fine" is perhaps the most thought-provoking and heavy of the bunch. We love the softer intro and contrast of intensity once things kick into gear. The vocal variety on this track is tremendous.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
St. Louis is the North American headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world's largest brewers. But we suggest a brew from Heavy Riff Brewing Company called Hopnotized at 11.5%ABV. It packs a punch much like Red Tape. Take an India Pale Ale and feed it steroids, ergo the term Double IPA. Pronounced notes that are robust, malty, alcoholic and with a hop profile that might rip your tongue out. 

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
8.6 of 11

Vocal Performance
9.4

Weight of the Heavy
9.6 out of 11

Aggression Level
10 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.5 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
8.6 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.8 out of 11

Contrast
7.8 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics 
8.5 out of 11

Production Value
8.5 out of 11

Band Members:
Rebecca and Madeline (vocals)
Will and b. (Guitar)
Nicholas (bass)
Cody (drums)

Final Thoughts:
It is quite rare that we ever have an EP make an editors pick, but Red Tape hits the mark for its weight of heavy and diverse vocal performance. We are fired up to see what Redbait put out in the near future as we will be sure to keep a close pulse.

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