Saturday, 4 July 2020

CROSSED

BandCROSSED
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metal / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Crust Sludge
Related artistsDescubriendo A Mr. Mime, Boneflower and Eros + Massacre.
CountryMadrid SPAIN
Years Active2018-present
Song: "Long Night"
Album: "Barely Buried Love"
Year: 2020
For fans ofMajority Rule, Portrayal Of Guilt, Converge, Creeper, Tentacles, Dead Hour Noise, Binary, Ritual Mess, Lamantide, Litany For The Whale, Crestfallen, Spires and Drei Affen.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records / Catábasis Records / Mise-En-Scène Records / The Braves Records. / Fireflies Fall / Kill Vinyl Records / Tirano Intergaláctico / Violence In The Veins / Bent Nail Collective / Dingleberry Records
You can download: the May 2020 Mix#5 right here or get the newish June 2020 Mix#6 here.


CROSSED is a crusty hardcore/metal band with definite screamo ties from Spain. Their most recent 2020 LP 'Barely Buried Love' is without a doubt my most listened to album of 2020, if that says anything about how much I love this band. Their dirty, evil, metallic hardcore is very reminiscent of Majority Rule and newer takes on the style such as Portrayal Of Guilt and Binary. I find the primary allure (but by no means the only) Miguel's fucking stellar vocal work. Their ability to seamlessly switch from piercing pukes to bellowing lows is a thing of beauty and, when combined with the crusty, pummeling and sinister hardcore/metalcore, you've got a recipe bound for success.

The band's debut appeared in 2018 by way of the 'Language Dissolution Because Everything Is In Eternal Void' EP. It's a very good introduction to the band, but features more of the foundation than the frills and uniqueness that was captured on their 2020 LP. The vocals are still vicious. The instrumentals are still disgusting. Four of the six tracks are pretty decent, but you can most definitely hear the budding of their later sound on "Glory" (which goes ballistic come 30 seconds and shows their faster side) as well as "Pink Mist" (excellent use of dynamics and a swelling, gargantuan ending).

In 2019 they released a single titled 'Distrusted' that is the portal linking the old CROSSED world to the new. Miguel's vocals go all-out pretty much from the get-go, with complimenting metallic hardcore that sounds like massive sheets of ice falling into the ocean. The climax of the songs comes at 45 seconds when a sample of "chaos reigns" plays right before some seriously heavy shit goes down.

I wasn't aware of the band's existence until late January 2020 when my friend Rodrigo (from Descubriendo A Mr. Mime) emailed me asking if I wanted to release it their new full length 'Barely Buried Love' on 12". I literally heard the opening track which is less than a minute in length and responded with a yes before hearing the rest of the album. It's that fucking good. And the opener isn't even the top track! (although it is a fucking banger) Seriously every track has something unique and amazing about it, but I'm not about to cycle through 13 tracks of gushing. As stated before opener "Fading" goes so fucking hard and embeds the most Majority Rule sound to it that I've ever heard, especially after the 30-second mark. This is followed by the utterly annihilating "Melencolia" that showcases some of the best vocal shifts I've ever stuck my ears out for, as well as a behemoth of a breakdown at 50 seconds. And then there's "Long Night", just a fucking boulder of gold and currently in contention for the best song of 2020. It opens with screams so thick you'll think you've been doused in molasses before moving into a swelling groove that may or may not be a breakdown. There's a short atmospheric break led by a sick bassline before a swirling guitar brings everything back in to support the best vocals I've heard since early Orchid (in particular the sass injected into the word "forever"). And then the song ends...after a punishing stop/start with multiple screamers. Goddamn that's a keeper. You'll notice Rodrigo's unmistakable scream make an appearance on "Colored Pain", hypnotic guitar harmonies at the end of "Salivate", screams that I would liken to a face on a hot plate throughout "Shiver", the greatest feedback note I've ever heard at 1:04 of "No Love" and finally the prodigious/gorgeous finale "Saudade".

If you haven't checked out CROSSED yet you are missing the fuck out, as 'Barely Buried Love' is cracking my top 10 LPs of 2020 without a shadow of a doubt. I think we have around 5 total copies left across both Zegema Beach Records stores so if this tickles your fancy (which it probably does) I'd strongly recommend nabbing one before they're gone!

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DISCOGRAPHY

2018 - Language Dissolution Because Everything Is In Eternal Void EP (stream/donate/download here)

2019 - Distrusted digital single (stream/donate/download here)

2020 - Barely Buried Love 12"LP (stream/donate/download here) [buy from ZBR U.S.A. here or Internationally here]

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(2020) CROSSED - "Long Night" (from 'Barely Buried Love')

(2020) CROSSED - "No Love" (from 'Barely Buried Love')

(2020) CROSSED - "Saudade" (from 'Barely Buried Love')

(2020) CROSSED - "Melencolia" (from 'Barely Buried Love')

(2019) CROSSED - "Distrusted" (from 'Distrusted')

(2018) CROSSED - "Glory" (from 'Language Dissolution Because Everything Is In Eternal Void')

(2018) CROSSED - "Pink Mist" (from 'Language Dissolution Because Everything Is In Eternal Void')

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CROSSED additional links
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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

***LYED + VIENTRE split exclusive premiere***

'Split 2020'
exclusive split premiere
For fans ofThe Bled, Shin Guard, Joliette and Viva Belgrado

LYED

Initially set for a late May release, this stellar split was pushed back a month so I've been jamming this thing for quite some time so I can say without a doubt that it's fucking killer. LYED are from Texas and have been around since 2013, play metallic hardcore/screamo and I even helped release their 2017 12"LP 'The Immolated Earth'. VIENTRE features members of Mico and play a very chill, beautiful but still cathartic brand of screamo from Colombia not unlike Viva Belgrado and Joliette.

LYED had the following to say about the split's origins:

"The idea for the split came around June 1019 (almost exactly a year ago) when Vientre did a US tour and Lyed booked a few dates with them in Texas. The connection between both bands started back in 2018 when Lyed did a tour in Mexico. Lyed had started to make some lineup changes ever since the release of the 2017 full length “The immolated earth.” For the Mexico 2018 tour we had Gabo from Saton fill in on drums and played all the dates with Emilio from Saton’s other band at the time, Derriben al Rey. They introduced us to Vientre’s music since then and eventually Lyed had the opportunity to play those Texas shows with them. We talked about the idea of releasing a split, and finally once Lyed realized a solid lineup in late 2019, headed to the studio to record two songs, which are the ones on the split. Vientre did the same and both bands have been planning the release since March 2020. For obvious reasons 2020 has not been a regular year at all, for which we’ve had to postpone the release until now. We’d love more than anything for people to listen to these songs given all the work and extreme patience we’ve had to endure to not only solidify our lineup, but also coordinate with our friends in Colombia. Lyed had plans to tour with Vientre to support this release and look forward to fulfilling all these plans in the future. Lyed’s also begun writing for an EP which will hopefully see the light of day before the end of 2020. Both bands appreciate all of the help provide by everyone involved in this project."

A tape limited release (50 copies) is now up for pre-sale at lyed.bigcartel.com, linked here.


(2020) LYED's side of 'Vientre split'
"Shadow Lands" is pretty short and quite aggressive, leaving behind the skin of their 2017 LP for they've obviously outgrown it. "Holy Locust" is longer (3:30) and dips into some post-realms, but it creates and excellent mood and still slaps.

(2020) VIENTRE's side of 'Lyed split'
"Zaga / Luna Roja" is on the band's more relaxed side and features more clean than screamed vocals, but as they can sing with the best of'em that's fine by me. "Frontieras" is much more cathartic and features a whole lotta screaming and some truly excellent guitar tones.


Monday, 29 June 2020

***PODCAST #45 - Jesse Mowery (In Wolves Clothing/Apostles Of Eris)***


There's so much to say about my good friend Jesse Mowery than I wouldn't even know where to start. Oh wait...yeah I do. Love you, buddy. You've been the best touring buddy I could ask for. You let me scream over your incredible music. You also show me tons of amazing bands. So besides skinning a suitcase alive and giving its skin to an amp to wear like a goddamned second layer we discuss his bands (primarily Dawn, Marj, Karoshi, Altar Of Complaints and In Wolves Clothing) and listen to six other fantastic ones. Podcast #45 is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

IN WOLVES CLOTHING

APOSTLES OF ERIS
Bandcamp
1
BLAME GAME - "Bankalaria" (Jesse)

2
MATHS "Culpa(Dave)
BLACK EYES - "Pack of Wolves" (Jesse)

3
HERCULES HERCULES - "Red Makes White(Dave)
LAUDARE - "Mania the Virtuous" (Jesse)
NOW NOW EVERY CHILDREN - "Not One, But Two(Dave)

~Dave

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PODCAST #45 linked here
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