I’m excited about the latest Music Feature because I’ve been following this band for a long time, and it’s been a pleasure watching them grow. This week I’d like to take some time to talk about a progressive rock/metal band from Toronto: Red Handed Denial.
I first discovered this band after stumbling across an ex-member’s guitar covers. I was impressed and had to check out his original music. This turned me on to Red Handed Denial’s 2009 effort “Eyes and Liquid Skies”. Mind you this was at a time when I was in the midst of falling in love with progressive music with bands such as Between the Buried and Me and Protest the Hero gaining momentum, as well as having already been rooted in pop-punk growing up. This band was a happy medium. Catchy female vocals and technical little licks…I was stoked!
As progressive metal, or dare I say djent’s footprint began to take larger steps into modern metal, I stumbled upon their singer Lauren Babic’s YouTube page. Her cover for Periphery’s ‘Ragnarok’ had me with goose bumps by the end, and then I had the “aha!” moment. Her plug for Red Handed Denial made me realize that she was in fact the singer of that band. Did not know that. I made sure since then to keep tabs on RHD because here was a vocalist who showed promise and dedication to her craft, even within a few short years of their previous release. Red Handed Denial came out with “Stories of Old” at the end of 2013. Despite a lineup change, they were able to demonstrate their growth…and honestly that transition between ‘DIVIDE’ and ‘The Noose & The Coward’ is so smooth.
However, “Stories of Old” seemed to have a mix between softer and heavier tunes. It left me wondering where they would go from here. Well, in 2015 they released their single for ‘Collector’ and that basically answered my question. Heavier, faster, and more aggressive while remaining melodic and catchy. It’s right up my alley. ‘Collector’ eventually became part of their “Wanderer” EP which came out in 2016 and follows suit with their single. It appears to me that RHD have really honed in on their sound, and I look forward to their continued success in the future as they already boast quite an impressive following for an independent band.