Smash Magazine Presents: The Red Chord at Area 702 Skatepark

January 16, 2010 by  

The Red Chord Smash Magazine presents The Red Chord on February 24 at Area 702 Indoor Skatepark with special guests My Children My Bride, Chelsea Grin and Those Who Lie Beneath.

Tickets are $12 plus any service charges and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-734-3000. Area 702 Indoor Skatepark is located at 3040 Simmons S #104; North Las Vegas, NV 89032. Show is for all ages.

About The Band:
“We’ve been in this band for over nine years,” The Red Chord vocalist Guy Kozowyk said. “We’re not the hot sh*t, of-the-moment band, nor are we the young guns. We’re jaded, bitter, old men and we wrote a record that is vicious and heavy because we have a lot to be pissed off about. I am too old to understand or respect a lot of what’s going on out there in music. And to be honest, I don’t want to get what’s going on because it sucks.”

While the heavy music scene is flooded and littered with trendy, ‘current’ fusion bands that string together electronics and mosh, The Red Chord isn’t having any of it. The music on their fourth full-length (and third for Metal Blade), Fed Through the Teeth Machine, is like a hulking hammer that rips and tears at the fabric of all that is trend-driven. But The Red Chord isn’t making music for that purpose; they’re just good enough to flip off trends and top the bands that perpetrate them. The Massachusetts band – which has downsized to a lean ‘n mean four-piece to counteract the bad economy function as a quartet without sacrificing any of their Rottweiler-like ferocity and tenacity – continues to focus on making extreme metal, for extreme people who want something lyrically and musically outside the box and forward thinking and don’t want some assembly-line, manufactured, “of the moment” band in their lives. Put simply: If you want to have your bones reduced to dust and your brain taken out scrambled and put back in by music, then The Red Chord are up for that task with Fed Through the Teeth Machine.

While The Red Chord has taken the stages at ‘mainstream’ summer tour packages like Ozzfest and Rock Star Energy Mayhem Fest, they have converted the unsuspecting, average kid at said concerts into fans, thanks to music that is pummeling as it is brainy. Fed Through the Teeth Machine finds the band staying the course.

“One of the things that I’ve become fascinated with the last few years, and since I was a kid, is making things not so obvious,” Kozowyk continued. “With [2005’s] Clients, it had that weird twist and people knew it was about characters, whereas [2007’s] Prey for Eyes was a springboard in another direction. I am not trying to mislead anybody, but I like to play with triple meanings. Like a ‘choose your own ending’ story.” For Fed Through the Teeth Machine, the Massachusetts band, haven’t lightened up on the gas pedal, musically or thematically. At all. “If you listen to certain songs or lyrics, you can have a discussion about politics, read one of the lines and you are going to think that it has something to do with political or social issues,” Kozowyk said. “Or you could be angry at your significant other and that same line might be about something entirely different. I don’t like the one dimensional formula that a lot of bands use. I don’t like the obvious or lowest common denominator. We’ve been a band a long time and there are a lot of bands that have jumped on the train of what other people are doing.”

The Red Chord, however, is not one of those bands. Instead, they are just doing what they’ve always done, only stepping it up a notch, rather than toning it down as they progress in their career. Before the blazing hot term ‘deathcore’ was christened by a handful of bands fusing death, grind, hardcore and metal, The Red Chord were making ultra-extreme music in that style, setting the stage, not going for the safe bet. Having been formed by a handful of death metal guys and a handful of hardcore dudes, it made sense for the music to evolve as it did, which was without intention to form some mixed genre. While the band can’t and won’t take responsibility for the deathcore explosion/trend, it is worth mentioning that a lot of bands in that sphere may have taken direct or indirect influence from The Red Chord. Despite having earned the respect of their peers and their fans, The Red Chord has almost a blue-collar lens regarding their own situation. “I did not want to not be the weakest link, since I am in the company of talented musicians,” Kozowyk said. “I also want to create something, lyrically, that sparks imagination and thought, and makes people question or think, and can get taken in a different direction.”

With Kozowyk crafting smart, thinking-man lyrics, guitarist Mike “Gunface” McKenzie adopted a larger role. He wrote more material, as this was the first release to feature just one guitarist. McKenzie scribed nine of 12 songs and contributed some lyrical parts too, making the album a truly collaborative piece of work. “It just happened,” McKenzie said. “I was working on the music and I wanted to show a vocal placement to Guy, so I wrote the lyrics and ended up liking them, so we worked together on them.”

Despite having one less person in the lineup and making a few gear changes to allot for one less person in the live setting, the musical integrity of The Red Chord hasn’t changed or diminished. “We’ve had a revolving door of members,” Gunface said. “I didn’t want to bring in a new guitarist, whether or not it was live. We had a different writers and lineups on every record and we’re not evolving if we are constantly changing members. The next step is to continue with same people writing now.”

It’s evident and abundantly clear that The Red Chord remain one of the forbearers of the uber-extreme metal scene. Despite the changing times, The Red Chord holds court like they always have. Fed Through the Teeth Machine asks as many questions as it answers, detonates like a land mine under your feet and shows no signs of wear and tear. The members of the band may be getting older and wiser but they still fire off riffs, blast beats and larynx-ripping growls like teenagers. The new crop of bands needs to take notes or watch out – because The Red Chord still reigns extreme.

About Area 702 Indoor Skatepark:
Area 702 Indoor Skatepark is a family owned skatepark in North Las Vegas. They have Vegas’ only all wooden bowl which is 2,500 square feet and 8 feet at the deep end with pool coping as well as the largest vert ramp in Las Vegas. For more info please visit:

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