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EDITORS’ NOTES

The spiritual intensity that typified Red’s earliest albums returns with a vengeance on Of Beauty and Rage. Released in tandem with a graphic novel, the album tells an epic tale of redemption in volatile rockers like “What Keeps You Alive” and “Gravity Lies” and anguished ballads like “Darkest Part” and “Of These Chains.” Michael Barnes shows off both his clean and harsh vocal prowess amid the swooning gothic strings of “Shadow and Soul” and the seething guitar roar of “Take Me Over.” By turns ferocious and exalted, Red raise the bar with this ambitious, compelling work.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The spiritual intensity that typified Red’s earliest albums returns with a vengeance on Of Beauty and Rage. Released in tandem with a graphic novel, the album tells an epic tale of redemption in volatile rockers like “What Keeps You Alive” and “Gravity Lies” and anguished ballads like “Darkest Part” and “Of These Chains.” Michael Barnes shows off both his clean and harsh vocal prowess amid the swooning gothic strings of “Shadow and Soul” and the seething guitar roar of “Take Me Over.” By turns ferocious and exalted, Red raise the bar with this ambitious, compelling work.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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1.3K Ratings

davidib177 ,

Red's Magnum Opus - A Triumph

As a huge long time fan and supporter of RED, I must admit, I was very dissapointed with the previous record, 'Release the Panic'. While it was still a very good album by the standards of any other band, it wasn't RED. It didn't have the same sound as the previous three records, the same intensity and edge to the songs, and most notably, no strings. But it's all okay now: 'of Beauty and Rage' has brought us back.
When I learned that Red was going back into the studio last year, with the very talented producer of their first three albums, Rob Graves, it was clear that they knew where they needed to go - back to their original sound. After much anticipation, I've finally been able to listen through this entire new record several times, and, there is no doubt, this is RED.
The lyrics are beautifully written. Red is known for the depth, honesty, and raw emotion in their lyrics, and this album brings that and then some. Michael Barnes' incredible voice brings the rage in our darkest moments and the victory in our relief to life with his style: extremely strong, poetic lyrics. The intensity of the album in the instruments is un-paralleled by any of their records yet - this album combines the fierceness of Innocence & Instinct with the beautiful, melodic sound we heard in Until We Have Faces. Crushing guitar riffs bring together the songs while the screaming strings section does the same thing it's been doing for RED since End of Silence: bringing enormous beauty, depth, and an epic feel to the music. Almost every song showcases these two main elements; a combination that only RED can pull off so spectacularly. There is no doubt, this is RED at its absolute musical best.
As for the content of the album, it starts off dramatically heavy, bringing to life the 'Rage' in 'of Beauty and Rage'. These first songs include album highlights 'Darkest Part' and 'Shadow and Soul' (an absolutely breathtaking roller-coaster of a song, easily one of the strongest of RED's career). We explore the darkest parts of ourselves and go face to face with the evil within us. We take a break for the most beautiful, softest song on the record, Of These Chains, a ballad very similar to 'Hymn for the Missing', a song that brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. We jump right back into the masterpiece 'Falling Sky', pass through 'The Forest', an exquisite 50 second violin/piano duet, and start to rise from the darkness in 'Yours Again', a declaration of breaking free and running into the Savior's arms. We deal with the Lies that have clung to our minds in the intense 'Gravity Lies' and finally plea for restoration in 'Take Me Over', possibly the musically weakest song on the record (but that's not saying much), but still a very pleasing anthem. We declare our victory once and for all in 'The Ever', which includes possibly my favorite line of lyrics from the entire record, "But You saw more, You saw my deepest part / With the light of a thousand stars, You saw them awaken me / You woke me up inside, brought back to life / I lost myself, but now I breathe again." The album closes in a dramatic orchestration and the journey is over.
All in all, this record brings what RED has always been all about and more, a triumph for anyone who enjoys their music. This album parallels RED's best stuff. It is haunting. It is captivating. It is honest. It is magnificent. It is a must buy. Easily the album of the year. Thank you, Red, for such incredible music.

Never Be The Same ,

Song by Song Review

I have already listened Of Beauty and Rage in its entirety, and I can honestly say that this might be their best album yet. They brought back producer Rob Graves, and they also brought back the strings that were missing in Release The Panic. You can feel the emotion in every song, and there are no fillers. Anyone who is a fan of Red or just good music in general should buy this.
DESCENT - (Na/a) Just an insturmental intro.
IMPOSTER - (8.5/10) Probably the hardest song on the album, but it's basically Feed The Machine part 2. A great start to the album.
SHADOW AND SOUL (7/10) I still don't really know how I feel about this song. It's probably the most unique sounding song and you can feel Michael's emotion, but there's just something weird about it.
DARKEST PART - (10/10) Ohh man this is a great song, the chorus is possibly the strongest on the entire album.
FIGHT TO FORGET (7.5/10) Another real hard one. Not my favorite, but definitely a solid angry song.
OF THESE CHAINS (5/10) Honestly this was my biggest disappointment of the record. Red always makes great slow songs, but this one was pretty bland.
FALLING SKY - (8.5/10) Just an overall good song.
THE FOREST (N/a) - Just a short insturmental filler.
YOURS AGAIN (10/10) - Awesome lyrics, very powerful song. Good choice making this the first single.
WHAT YOU KEEP ALIVE (6/10). Great insturmentals, but I wasn't a big fan of the vocals or chorus on this one. I'll probably skip over this song a lot.
GRAVITY LIES (11/10) - Such a good song. I don't think it really sounds like Red, but I don't say that in a bad way. This'll be awesome to see in concert too.
TAKE ME OVER (12/10) Definitely my favorite track. Again, this song does not really sound like classic Red, but it's amazing and has been stuck in my head. The lyrics are perfect and this will go down as one of my all time favorite Red songs.
THE EVER (9.5/10) This sounds straight off of I&I. Great song.
PART THAT'S HOLDING ON (10/10) This slighlty reminds me of a mixture of Start Again and Ordinary World. A beautiful song to end the album on.
ASCENT (8/10) - A quiet insturmental song

ChristopherChau ,

Welcome back RED

Can I just say how happy I am that Rob Graves is back! These tracks sounds are what I've missed from Red so dearly and its good to have them back!

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