Hot Cross
A New Set of Lungs


3.0
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Review

by Fort23 USER (29 Reviews)
July 8th, 2007 | 29 replies | 7,347 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A promising, but overall rough effort from a band that would later show genius.

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Most people would think that Billy Werner's next project after Saetia, would be far more melodic, and even less chaotic than Saetia. But, at least on their first record, they were wrong.

On A New Set of Lungs, Hot Cross build up intensely, and become more chaotic with each note. The problem is, they crescend downwards, into breakdowns, in a very sloppy way, that leaves the listener puzzled, and almost annoyed at the way the band is playing. At it's best, it comes off almost as a long jam that rips violently at it's targets. At it's worst, however, it comes off rather unorganized, at times, without melody. Hot Cross, however, managed to pull it off, with some exceptional tracks and exceptions to chaos that ensues elsewhere. History fell in the Heart Broke Open is actually one of the bands best tracks, with a deep and almost moaning bass, and a very good, and frenetic vocal performance by frontman Billy Werner.

Billy actually has the best performance on the record. His days of screaming his heart out in Saetia has not damaged his still scathing voice one bit. His lyrics may not be up to the point of demonstration as they would be on their masterpiece Cryonics, but with lines such as Blood burning bright upon ripped lips tastes like the end of inertia and the start of our lives, found on the otherwise sloppy track Born on the Cusp, it doesn’t matter. The "dueling" guitar work, however, is disappointing. Guitarists Casey Boland, and Josh Jakubowski, do not live up to the beautiful, and seemingly out of nowhere riffs of Cryonics and Risk Revival. Instead, sloppiness overlaps the true talent of guitarists found in previous bands, such as Joshua fit For Battle, and The Now, and the bands aforementioned efforts. They carry out basic leads, but when they try to bring virtuosity in, they fall short.

The rhythm section of Greg Drudy (drums) and Matt Smith (bass) is actually quite effective, especially for their almost introspective work on History fell in the Heart Broke Open. In fact, they actually are more often than not, the most unfrentic on the band, which is a change from later works, especially on Cryonics. On Cryonics, they follow the now incredible guitar work carefully, and come out just as frantic. But, except for a few noise breakdowns, they melodically plow through on this Ep.

Chaotic beauty is the nature of emo, and is what it's supposed to be. If beauty overlaps chaos, or chaos overlaps beauty, the result is sub-par, sometimes awful. But it's been proven that one's trash is another's beauty (or something philosophical like that). Bands would love to come off as good as Hot Cross does on their debut. Despite the fact that this Ep is rough around the edges, and often mediocre, it's a very promising, and overall effective debut from a band that would later delve into sheer greatness.



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GleamInRanks
July 8th 2007



298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hardly a failing effort.

Edit/ Rough sounds a lot better.This Message Edited On 07.08.07

711
July 8th 2007



1341 Comments


deep

Fort23
July 8th 2007



2475 Comments


hehalol

Angmar
July 8th 2007



2689 Comments


Good short, and to the point review :thumb:

Intransit
July 8th 2007



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You compare this too much to their later works. Take it for what it is, not what it isn't.

cbmartinez
July 9th 2007



2525 Comments


Never heard this. Good review.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's the most "emo" thing they ever did at least. This is great stuff though.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 9th 2007



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Most people would think that Billy Werner's next project after Saetia, would be far more melodic, and even less chaotic than Saetia


Who says?

Fort23
July 9th 2007



2475 Comments


I was just saying that people probably would've thunk it. It just seemed like the obvious next step.

Fort23
July 10th 2007



2475 Comments


How's the review?

delder1989
July 11th 2007



44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought that Matt played guitar for this album and Josh did bass and they switched for Cryonics.This Message Edited On 07.11.07

Intransit
July 18th 2007



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No. Matt and Casey both did guitar until Fair Trades, at which point they switched, which is evidenced by the overall wankier guitar work on that EP.

pixiesfanyo
July 18th 2007



1222 Comments


Just as good as Cryonics tbh.

Fort23
July 18th 2007



2475 Comments


How's the review?

Justanothernimrod
July 18th 2007



478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Born on the Cusp is amaaaazing man =D

pixiesfanyo
July 18th 2007



1222 Comments


The review is mostly wrong. So I guess it is bad. This album is a perfect mesh of Hot Cross's post-hardcore future and their Saetia/Orchid style screamo beginnings. It doesn't sound like a jam session it sounds like a hardcore record.

plane
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2007



6092 Comments


It's a decent review, but basically what Intransit said.


Hey Fort do you have AIM? I want to ask you something.

Fort23
July 18th 2007



2475 Comments


yea I do.

windpromoteshate
February 13th 2009



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is by far Hot Cross' best record in my opinion. Review is stink as.

gaslightanthem
February 13th 2009



5209 Comments


well it's not but okay



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