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Heavy Music Headquarters Album Reviews: Week of March 30, 2018

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Red Sun Rising – Thread (Razor & Tie)

After kicking around for almost a decade and independently releasing a couple of albums, Ohio hard rockers Red Sun Risingbroke through with 2015’s Polyester Zeal. It spawned the number one rock tracks “The Otherside” and “Emotionless.” They try to keep the momentum going with Thread.

Produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI), there’s no shortage of radio friendly songs on the album. Opener “Fascination” is mediocre, but things quickly improve. Lead single “Deathwish” is another chart-climber while “Left For Dead” is extremely catchy. RSR vary their style, avoiding the formulaic approach of so many in their genre. Ballads like “Stealing Life” are contrasted by poppier songs such as “Lonely Girl” and bombastic tracks like “Clarity.” A lot of variety and wall to wall memorable songs make the album one that mainstream rock fans will appreciate.

Rating: 3.5
(Chad Bowar)