Episode 098–Redline “Gods and Monsters” English Metal with Bruce Hilliard
Redline is a rock band, make that metal band, that hails from Birmingham, England, the ancestral home of metal. Balls to the wall guitars, a locked and loaded rhythm section and a powerful vocalist, Redline has forged its own distinctive blend of classic hard rock and British heavy metal. With influences drawn from a rich heritage, the band has been compared to Judas Priest, Saxon, Dio, Iron Maiden and a host of others from the founding fathers of metal.
Redline has played a number of British festivals including Hard Rock Hell, Planet Rockstock, Planet Rock’s Winter’s End, and Europe’s biggest free festival, The Godiva Festival in England. One of the tracks featured anthemic King Of The Mountain which has become the soundtrack to the Isle Of Man TT Motorcycle Races.
Music from the album is also used exclusively on Full Throttle, a challenging motorcycle theme pinball game. Songs will now be featured on the new official video game of the IOM TT Races to be released in 2020 on PS4 and all formats by BigBen Interactive.
The band has welcomed Chris Basener, an accomplished and exciting new guitarist. Chris has released a number of solo albums as well as authoring books on guitar technique and brings fresh impetus to the song writing process. Redline has found a great chemistry that sees them writing material that has a darker and heavier feel than before… and from this cauldron Gods And Monsters was born.
Redline recorded the album at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, England. This is a legendary studio that not only Rush, Black Sabbath and Robert Plant have recorded hit albums, but where Queen recorded one of the biggest tracks of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Nick Brine at the console was a natural choice. Having worked at Rockfield and engineered, mixed and produced such diverse talents including The Darkness, Thunder, Tyketto, Brian May, Bruce Springsteen, and The Stone Roses. Nick has a great understanding of capturing that live band feel that the band was seeking. The finished mixes were passed onto Pete Maher, mastering engineer for The Rolling Stones, U2, Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, Thunder, and Paul Weller. Redline had no doubt that Pete’s mastering would unleash the full power of the tracks. Redline's Rockfield pilgrimage set out to capture the band’s signature classic rock sound, a raw energy that forms the basis of their music. Riff laden rock, power-pipe vocals and hook laden songs telling tales of the good…and the bad, of the darkness that lies within, and of hope that lights the way.
Kez Taylor, vocals
Chris Basener, guitar
Ade Yeomans, guitar
Steve “Reg” Hill, bass
Mark Biddiscombe, drums