But this isn't a nostalgic novelty act. Surrounding its flashback tracks with power-metal melodies and death-gurgles, the Red Chord proves to be equally proficient at thoroughly modern heavy-music variations. The Massachusetts-based band even caps its latest release, Clients, with a dense instrumental epic -- the antithesis of vintage hardcore's bite-sized blasts of urgent sloganeering and rudimentary riffs. Regardless of subgenre classification, the band's songs are relentlessly aggressive and technically daunting.
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