RETCHING RED: Scarlet Whore of War: CD

A follow up to their amazing CD, Get Your Red Wings, Retching Red continue to show that they are pissed. The first time I listened to their debut, I thought the singer sounded like Cinder from Tilt but was way to pissed sounding. I was shocked to see that it was her! Man she sounded venomous. Teamed with Cyco Mike from Oppressed Logic, they banded together to throw down some mean ass shit. On this release, the energy level continues with their brand of fast punk. But they are maturing by writing more interesting songs. Instead of coming balls-out, they bring you up and down and take you for a ride. Cinder sounds as mean as before, but adds more variety in her delivery. The production sounds better than the last time, giving them a more powerful sound. Mike’s bass sound is solid and provides a strong backbone to the music. The drummer and guitarist are different from the last recording. Guitarist Jake seems to have gelled well with the band without making the band sound completely different. New drummer Adam sounds to me like he know how to control the sticks. Worth his weight in gold, he is the final piece that makes the band sound cohesive. I’m really bummed that I missed them on their latest tour. Logistically it didn’t work, but I will try not to miss them the next time around.

 –don (Rodent Popsicle)