Roses in December “The Day That He Saw Red” Has Cathartic Anger

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Filled with rage against the status quo of greed and toxic masculinity, Newcastle based band Roses in December channel their frustrations into their new single “The Day That He Saw Red.”

Produced by Sam Grant of the British stoner metal band Pigs x7, “The Day That He Saw Red” marks a turning point for Roses in December (formerly known as Crux), who used the song as a jumping off point to hone in their new sound and even rebrand themselves, changing their name in the process.

Based on a true story, the track tries to paint a picture of what goes on in the mind of a vicious man who lets his rage boil to the surface and turn into something deadly. “This is another song where we’re telling a local story of toxic masculinity,” the band said. “The lyrics to this song were based on true events. Our bassist created the hook to the song… It all came to place within one practice.”

Pulling absolutely no punches, “The Day That He Saw Red” is filled with ruthless riffs and combines the heavy sounds of punk and grunge into something that perfectly encapsulates the song’s sinister subject.

The track is bookended by two epic guitar solos, with the first coming not long after a hefty Queens of the Stone Age-esque opening riff. The verse on the other hand, has a funky yet aggressive baseline that sounds like a combination of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Royal Blood in an unexpectedly thrilling way.

While the attacking guitar and bass riffs are largely the driving forces behind the song, the entire arrangement is a rampage of sound, seething with anger in a way that feels cathartic for both the band and the listener. “The Day That He Saw Red” is a fast paced, exciting, and ferocious track that you’ll have no problem banging your head to.