I See Red
05 October 2009
by Stephen Milnes
When an album has a tracks with titles such as ‘Evil University’ and ‘Raining Shit’ on it, it’s a pretty good bet that it’s going to be fun. Maybe even to the point of a cartoonish caricature of metal itself.
Claustrofobia‘s I See Red sounds like Max Cavalera garrotting Dez Fafara with rope made from the hair of Cannibal Corpse. From the very first moments of album opener Discharge, the Brazilian thrash/death metal outfit deliver a breed of metal that can only be really be described as violent and energising.
Each track as uncompromising as the last; guttural, demonic screams overlay rapid fire drums and brooding, bruising, aggressive guitars. ‘Minefield’, ‘Alarm’ and ‘Our Blood’ are all prime examples of the ferocity inherent in this album while ‘Don’t Kill The Future’ is reminiscent of Machine Head’s ‘The Rage To Overcome’ with artillery-like drums opening up proceedings.
Just when it seems like a bloodied, bludgeoning assault is all that I See Red will deliver, along comes ‘Noia’. An unexpected, disorientating King Crimson-esque guitar noodling, with more hammers-ons and pull-offs than you’ll hear on a Tim Kinsella record. It’s a welcome break from the relentless, aural beating that has been dished out in the previous 40 minutes or so.
Watch Claustrofobia covering ‘Territory’ by their fellow Brazilians, Sepultura
Normal service is quickly resumed however with the imaginatively monikered, Untitled, which punches you through the face and comes out of the back of the skull like a high speed drill. You remember the Some Kind Of Monster artwork? Probably not if you’ve got any sense; ’cause you didn’t buy it. Well anyway, this song makes you pull the face of the angel on there. That exact face.
For those that like their metal fast, unrelenting and strong, I See Red is a hugely enjoyable listen, but it does get somewhat repetitive. Clocking in at over an hour, it starts to drag towards the end and many of the songs are almost indistinguishable from the last. If it’s possible for an album to suffer from being too metal, this may be it.
Sounds like: Soulfly/Sepultura, Devildriver, Cannibal Corpse
Top Tracks: Discharge, Noia, Untitled
Claustrofobia – I See Red trackListing
Don’t Kill The Future
I See Red
Tiro De Meta
Subconscious In Flames
Beneath The Remains