Etched In Red

Etched In Red

 San Diego, California, USA
BandMetalAlternative

Listening to Etched In Red is like taking a trip through the sonic boundaries of metal where crushing riffs and punishing aggression meets the soundscapes of melody and musical intellect. VERY modern and definitely not the norm.

Biography

Etched In Red is a Progressive Metal group for the new millennium. The San Diego, CA-based quintet combines elements of Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Metal and Progressive Rock that shuns every type of Corporate Rock cliché.

Etched In Red was formed in the fall of 2002 by original members Seth Boyce(vocals), Jason Kirk(guitar), Nick Kramer(guitar), and George Makris. Bassist Chad Gutterud joined the group in 2008. After circulation of early demos throughout the SoCal area, EIR released its debut album, Dylate, in 2007. The album, which was independently engineered and produced, is a collection of hard-hitting yet intelligent Metal songs in the vein of nu-metal-meets-progressive: intelligent, lyrical wordplay delivered through fierce vocals, aggressive and brooding riffs coupled with blistering, elaborate solos and an ambitious rhythm section.

The group has drawn comparisons to various performers such as Dredge, Opeth, Pantera, Deftones and Tool. “Music is the universal language,” says Kirk, “and we feel compelled to speak it as intelligently and emotionally as we can without being pigeon-holed.” The CD has drawn rave reviews across the board from critics of extreme metal to post-grunge alternative.

EIR has shared the stage with contemporaries such as As I Lay Dying, Alien Ant Farm, Drowning Pool, Prong, Powerman 5000, as well as Taproot and have performed in numerous industry showcases where they’ve impressed representatives from Sony, Atlantic and Epic Records, to name a few.

Etched In Red came off a successful summer tour in support of their album, with more regional touring in the works. After a listen to the album or a night at one of their shows, you’ll agree with the critics that this is a band to keep an eye on.

Lyrics

Paradox

Written By: Seth Boyce

take heed every failure is required
so the truth has impact
now give yourself onto understanding
no one even exists
don't try owning knowledge nor overwhelming wisdom
in serenity trying hearing
answers translate themselves

trusting silence makes every sound
a sight to be held the soft of a yell

here each eye now dylates
making images godlike harmonies
taking back eve's apple
perfecting each right, fixing each contortion
time pauses long and constant
effortlessly, through ogled silence
the answers render themselves

your flirting with soft spots of silence
has made you new
like the fallen infant must get up and try again

trusting silence makes every sound
a sight to be held the soft of a yell

are you waiting for the world to realize you

taking bullshit, faking bullshit
never stopping to listen

your flirting with soft spots of silence
has made you new
like the fallen infant must get up and try again

this verse in a life is where I begin
the first of a word the right to fit in

intrasection

Written By: Seth Boyce

the flower when released
will introduce the breeze
deceptive colds will come
and play away then run

standing alone, been waiting for this
could this be the day, this shit had to come
standing alone, the cold hits it's wings
diminish the sad, relief lies through the snow

I will try and wait for you
because I will free myself throughout you, in you

the darkness bleeds into the seeps of crystal ash
that lay the way for this to come, for this to be
to sweat away the truth
that breathes in breathes out all of this in store
breathe in breathe out defiant little whore
caress the silken strokes of breeze
now passing through your frail wet wings
taste the feeling, tread the line
in this sinful tryst
been waiting just for this
the metamorphosis has now changed you
into something that breathes
that flows, that bleeds, that needs

thirsting, all the time
needing, not find
feening, out of mind
yearning, all the time
intrasecting heaven inside you

(breathe in, breathe out)
I will try and wait for you
because I will free myself throughout you, in you

L.E.D.

Written By: Seth Boyce

devoured now invading crimson strings
as genes evolve from this to knowledge king
at first the faces start to haze
as thoughts create this labyrinth maze
the envelope of reality now folds
as we invest in einstein to find the kind of mind
that sees all possibilities
and angels move the stars above
what once was far now nearly shoves
me down, I cannot wake up from this dream

thoughts
over, under, below, between
thoughts

senses, in surplus
I'm feeling so alive
senses awakened, enhancing my mind

energy now filling the vow
I made myself when accepting this journey
energy now controlling somehow
my adolescent mind expanding
I've been given a glimpse at broadened horizons
that only prove how small we think
trapping ourselves row by row in this kennel of life

freezing but sweating, I'm spinning but motionless
seeing with blinded eyes
I can't tell what’s real from lies

the body's dead but lay in flight

I'll hold all that I've seen so very close
and know that we'll grow to much more

The Mile Perception

Written By: Seth Boyce

slowly scale this trek now laid before you my friend
inch by inch this helix steps now drawing closer
to the find

silvery tracks of past left, decay
focused, poised, determined, un-phased
clutching all this new ground, unbound
driving on in this pursuit to breakthrough
but with the decollate close behind
will the story end right before your eyes

so just stay, trouble will recede
on your way, fuck the drama still proceed

circumvent what you've done wrong
change, arrange and move along

so you failed once or twice along the way
so you hate the struggle and the pain
well guess what you suck it up
and never look back my friend
as the decollate rides along your heels
laughing at your frail mollusk fear
hiding in this shell just will not do

come on get up, decide don't reside here
lead your heart
find all, rape the air and use it's soul

don't give in, must move on, breakthrough

so just stay, trouble will recede
on your way, fuck the drama still proceed

Sifting Through

Written By: Seth Boyce

emotions arrive so unaware
cannot taste my own sanity
all things scream stupidity
and how to cope has left all of who I am
this hate now starts to intrigue
caressing, stroking me
because I am sick of bullshit
and people's mindless ignorance

can you take this
so strong

am I alone on this day
frightened of words that explain
quite simply everyone is lame, everyone's to blame
I must be a god
I hate me for hurting who I love
my heart was trained how to shove
now life makes me start to cling
with a crooked smile as it sings

can you take this
so strong

stowed away all this time inside
I'm sifting through the shade to escape the flames
I see the fire building that I just can't confine
can you take this
(fuck this sanity)
this fucking feeling coming

everyone's the same
everyone is lame
everyone's to blame
you must be a god
word's from a fool who just don't feel right
word's from a fool who just ain't alright
today will pass tomorrow’s sun will shine

everyone's the same
everyone is lame
everyone's to blame
you must be a god

Discography

2007-2010:"Dylate"

Set List

up to an hour of original music as well as some covers including Pantera, System Of a Down, Mudvayne and Rage Against The Machine.