Gazerock is not dead. It’s just stuck in a fuckin’ time space warp.
When Shiver was released just a few months ago, the general consensus was that (1) it was an epic fail and (2) it was forgettable. Well, scratch statement 2 off. Red will make you remember why Shiver was received with much disdain. Why, you ask? Because just as Shiver sounded like a rehash, Red echoes the same recycled generic shit that the GazettE churns out nowadays: charming, upbeat and downright predictable.
The drums essentially follow a steady pattern as the guitars wrap around a melody that hardly varies throughout the song. Red has no climax or highlight whatsoever. Listen to the techno-esque intro then press skip immediately.
In fairness to this single, the second track VERMIN actually sounds as if the band put a lot more effort into it than they did with the title track. Beat is vibrant and catchy. Midway into the song, there’s a slight shift in mood before letting it all out again. And instead of the overused female back-ups, we now have strong male vocals grunting along with Ruki in the chorus. Still, there is the reluctance to totally embrace the song, and the single in general, when you know very well that the GazettE can do so much better than this.