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Irons in the Fire
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2013
Most bands have an amazing first album and then their second is just not quite as good. That's not the case here. Redlight King gives us another brilliantly worded, unique sounding rock-rap album. I'd say it might even be better than their first. I couldn't find one song that wasn't good. Also, if you like this album, I highly encourage you check out the first one. Overall, great job Redlight King! You are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands of all time!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2013
I wasn't sure that Kaz and Redlight King could top their first album, Something for the Pain. It was such a great album because of how real the songs were: autobiographical if you will. But considering myself a true fan of his work, I had to buy this on the first day and I am thoroughly impressed. Even after a first listen, I think they nailed it. It still captures the raw emotion that makes you relate to his work. Can't wait to see him in concert!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Mark Kasprzyk was originally a short-lived Canadian rapper who went by the name Kazzer. He enjoyed quick success, but his career was sidelined due to a corporate shake-up within his record label. In just a few years, he relocated to California- where he would form Redlight King. The trouble was he had no actual band members, even though he had songs and a production team in place to record an album. So the producers Xandy Barry and Wally Gagel (collectively known as Wax Ltd.), recorded the album and released it under Hollywood Records. The end result is the debut album "Something For The Pain"- an album that was equal parts hip hop and late 90's alternative rock. The first single "Old Man" gained notoriety for being the first song to actually get a sample clearance from singer-songwriter Neil Young. However, the fame didn't stop there. Another single "Comeback" was included on the Joss Whedon directed action film "The Avengers". They went into the studio to record again, which became their sophomore effort "Irons In The Fire".

On their new album, Redlight King is a full band, with Kasprzyk on lead vocals and guitarist Julian Tomarin. However, the new members in the line-up is bassist Chris Chaney and drummer Jaydon Bean, who replaces Randy Cooke. While the same producers are in the fold for the new album, there are noticeable differences. The messages of hope and inspiration are still the same, however "Irons In The Fire" is completely devoid of rapping and the musical focus has shifted to stadium rock. Surprisingly, the change works to the band's benefit. The album starts off with "Dark Side Of The Moon", where they sing of going through hell and back. Experiencing hard times is the prevailing theme of "Devil's Dance", while fighting is the topic on "Wipe The Floor With You". The aptly titled "Redemption" is a song about trying to succeed while living a hard knock life. On the first single "Born To Rise", the song gives a voice to people who had to sacrifice, while "Critical" explores a woman on the verge of hitting rock bottom. Lastly, they close the album with the moving ballad "Every Second Counts", where support is offered to a significant other going through turmoil. "Irons In The Fire" is another excellent recording from Redlight King. While their debut was their introduction, this may be the album that will put them on the map.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
Redlight King has created a great 2nd album - The sound is clearly Redlight King without the struggle to sound exactly like the first album that seems to doom most sophomore albums. If you liked the first album, you will be pleased with "Irons in the Fire".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
A great follow-up CD. Excellent variety in his song and music composition, while remaining true to his 'roots'. There are a lot of really good songs, and a few that are a little weaker. Great vocals as always, some good guitar in places, great rhythm, and his own unique style.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
I liked the first album lots, and there is lots to like here too. But it all sounds like the same song- at different tempos. Luckily I like that song. Hoping that he breaks some NEW ground in future outings....
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on March 30, 2014
This was the first time that I had heard of this group. Really enjoyed this cd. great music to listen to while driving.
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on February 27, 2014
Heard them on XM Octane and thought they were awesome!!! must have this album i thought. and it was new
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on February 22, 2014
I got in to Redlight King off of the Avengers Music sound track and then bought their first CD. Lets say they did a great job going for number two!
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on January 3, 2014
Just an awesome album. As good as the first.would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the first or would just like to hear something different.
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