Flood Of Red
Leaving Everything Behind
19 October 2009
by Chris Cope
Scotland is renowned for producing many fine things, but metal bands certainly aint one of them. Sure, Biffy Clyro flirted with it in their pre-stadia days, and the chaps in Mendeed briefly threatened to impact the UK rock landscape before meekly disbanding with all but a whimper. Next up to try and tartan-ify our ears are Flood Of Red, a six strong group from up near Glasgow.
Flood of Red’s debut album Leaving Everything Behind starts off strongly and rather surprisingly with ‘The Edge Of The World (Prelude)’, a dreamy slither through flighty vocals and lucid effects, before slipping into ‘The Harmony’, a more traditional offering from this band, with its relentless drumming and earthy guitar indulging in constant battery.
There is a tangible sense of maturity here, with smatterings of introspective downtime allied with the rock-outs. You’ve got ‘Like Elephants’, with its light and dark shading of whispering guitar and crunching, marching drumbeats, but also the likes of ‘Little Lovers’, a track which dissipates into a lulling keyboard space out. Much of this band’s clean/heavy dichotomy seems to come across as far more natural and genuine than the heaps of metalcore troupes who regularly engage in this practice, with Jordan Speirs’s parochial accent shining through with intriguing honesty.
Watch the video to ‘An Hour Away’ by Flood of Red
One of the albums most prevalent sticking points however is its length, and with fourteen tracks there’s plenty to chew upon, but it dangerously threatens to become a little pallid. ‘Losing All Balance In Fells Point’ for instance, crumbles with a slightly unoriginal back-and-forth sway. Thankfully with album closer ‘The Edge Of The World’ a sense of homely circularity is contently achieved, completing the cycle from the first track and restoring some sincerity to the album. Scotland isn’t much of a purveyor of metal bands, but Flood Of Red have shown on this occasion that they’re more than just riffs – they’re introspective melody too, and this might just see them forge a profitable path in the UK rock scene.
Sounds Like: Metalcore maturing
Top Tracks: The Edge Of The World (Prelude), The Harmony
Leaving Everything Behind tracklisting
The Edge Of The World (Prelude)
A Place Before The End
The Heartless And Loving
I Will Not Change
I Am The Speechless
Losing All Balance In Fells Point
Home, Run (1997)
The Edge Of The World