Thursday 31 October 2013


This post's artist is from the September 2013 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download the September 2013 Mix right here.

GenresPunk / Math Rock / Post-Hardcore / Screamo
Related artistsNeil Perry, Saetia, Superstitions of the Sky, Interpol, Off Minor,
                        You And ITotal Fucking Destruction, The Now, Sky Falls Down,
                        Halo of Snakes, and Joshua Fit For Battle.
Country: Philadelphia, USA
Years Active: 2000-2007
Song: "History Fell in the Heart Broke Open"
Album: "A New Set of Lungs"
Year: 2003
For fans of: Neil Perry, Saetia, Off MinorThe Fiction, Greyscale, Funeral Diner,
                   Caitlyn Bailey, Welcome the Plague Year, The Now, City of Caterpillar
                   For Want Of, La Quiete and You And I aka PROPER Screamo.

HOT CROSS were goddamn the post-hardcore/screamo genre. So few people are actually of them. Plus, they've been broken up for almost 7 years.

Within the community of like-minded bands and listeners, HOT CROSS were considered a rare oddity that broke down genre classifications and melded numerous styles of downright kickass music. They were pretty much gods, in my book. If I were to try and dissect each album and point out all of the sweet riffs, this post would never end. I'll try to make this quick for the uneducated out there.

HOT CROSS brought together some of the best players from the late 90s/early 00s screamo scene in and around the Philadelphia area; Joshua Fit For Battle, Neil Perry, You And I, Saetia and Off Minor. Not too shabby, eh? They employed frantic-yet-melodic dual guitars (until the final album when one guitarist left the band), yelled/shouted vocals (with some clean stuff now and again) that was all held together by a sick (and often off-timed) rhythm section. The band's early material from 2000-2003 was very raw and involved a lot of screaming and yelling, with thicker riffs and less crazy guitar-work. Once 2004 hit, the instrumentals went from complex to mind-boggling and the vocals departed from screaming, and instead focused on shouting and crooning.

If you're looking for the quintessential HOT CROSS record, just download the entire discography here. It's unreal. All of it.  If you've never heard HOT CROSS before, rectify that glaring omission right fucking now.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2002 - A New Set of Lungs cd/10"EP
2002 - Light The Fuse And Run Split cd/7"EP

2003 - Cryonics cd/12"LP

2004 - Fair Trades and Fairwells cd/10"EP
2004 - Lickgoldensky Split 7"

2005 - The Holy Shroud Split 7"

2007 - Risk Revival cd/12"EP


(2002) HOT CROSS - "History Fell in the Heart Broke Open" (from 'A New Set of Lungs' cd)

(2002) HOT CROSS - "The Eye is a Tricky Machine" (from 'Light The Fuse And Run' split)
(2003) HOT CROSS - "A Tale for the Ages" (from 'Cryonics' cd)
(2004) HOT CROSS - "A Voice Turned Vacant" (from 'Lickgoldensky' split)
(2005) HOT CROSS - "Better a Corpse than a Nun" (from 'Fair Trades and Farewells' cd)
(2005) HOT CROSS - "Tacoma" (from 'The Holy Shroud' split)
(2007) HOT CROSS - "Turncoat Revolution" (from 'Risk Revival' cd)
HOT CROSS out-of-print discography mp3 download

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