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RED - 'Release The Panic'

Fierce From Start to Finish

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RED - Release The Panic

RED - Release The Panic

Essential Records

RED doesn't apologize for who they are or why they do what they do - the 4-piece band is fierce in their faith and that no-fear attitude comes across by the ton in Release The Panic. From ballads like "So Far Away" to flat out rockers like "Perfect Life" to total shredders like "Damage," you'll find the same furious intensity in every song.

Hard Rock, Light Rock and Dance / Dubstep Remixes - Huh?

  • Style: Hard Rock
  • 10 Songs on the regular release, 15 on the deluxe edition
  • Time: 34 minutes on the regular release, 54 minutes on the deluxe edition
  • Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Label: Essential Records

The title track kicks off the album with RED absolutely delivering the hard rock we've come to know and love. "Damage" follows suit with a driving beat that gets under your skin in a big way. Giving us a "lighter" RED, tracks like "So Far Away" show critics that the band has more versatility than they've been given credit for. Some of these tunes could easily go to Christian Top 40 radio and while that's different from what we're used to, it's not necessarily a bad thing. Yes, we head-bangers like that edge driving us from every direction, but let's be honest with ourselves here - RED has given us ballads before so the uproar over including them without the typical strings seems a little overblown to me. And then we don't just shift gears, we get into a totally different car!

The Bonus Tracks

The first bonus track, "Love Will Leave A Mark," purely rocks as it presents the truth that the love of Christ changes you from the inside out. (Always alive, always inside and no one comes out the same. Love always leaves a mark. The scars give it all away. Burned in your heart, love will leave a mark). If you've been a fan for a while, you surely remember the emotional ballad, "Hymn For The Missing," on Until We Have Faces. The "Guillotine Remix" found on Panic goes dance meets dubstep while maintaining the ability to tug at your heartstrings as Michael Barnes sings, Sometimes I hear you calling. I hear you crying softly - Tried to walk together. Every single time I hear either version of the song, I picture Jesus reaching out to a lost soul while tears slowly run down His face. "Death Of Me (Guillotine Remix)" gets the same remix treatment and is a complete turn-around from the rocker we heard on Innocence & Instinct. Closer, "Breathe Into Me (Remix Acústica)" originally from End Of Silence was my only head-scratcher. Don't get me wrong, I'm not surprised that RED can go acoustic and do it well, I'm just surprised that the rockers closed the album on such a light note. That's the thing with deluxe editions that offer additional remixes at the end; the remixes are, by their very nature, vastly different from the usual fare the band is known for, so the flow of the album is going to be contrary to what we're used to.

Bottom line: RED rocks it hard, eases up a bit and rocks it soft and then goes for fun with remixes of songs from past hit albums. The diversity is there, every where you turn as is the message. No need to panic folks - RED is still one of the Top Christian Hard Rock Bands out there.

Release The Panic Track List:

  1. Release The Panic - official music video
  2. Perfect Life
  3. Die For You
  4. Damage
  5. Same Disease
  6. Hold Me Now
  7. If We Only
  8. So Far Away
  9. Glass House
  10. The Moment We Come Alive
  11. Love Will Leave A Mark
  12. As You Go
  13. Hymn For The Missing (Guillotine Remix)
  14. Death Of Me (Guillotine Remix)
  15. Breathe Into Me (Remix Acústica)
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