Crosses
Crosses


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (86 Reviews)
February 21st, 2014 | 120 replies


Release Date: 02/11/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An exceptionally mature and consistent electronic rock album.

Chino Moreno has been a very busy man the past couple of years. The amount of work Chino accomplished over this relatively short amount of time proves to be nothing short of astounding. Many people probably don't know that Chino fronts four bands and those four bands are Deftones, Team Sleep, Palms, and his latest side project Crosses. Fronting all of these bands is a tough task to take on because all of them are still alive and well. However, this is the most surprising reason that Crosses' self titled debut boasts so many exceptional and mature qualities. It's dark, expertly produced and surprisingly consistent.

However, no one should go into Crosses expecting a Deftones album because this album sounds entirely different from any Deftones work. Crosses embodies an electronic rock sound with elements of dark ambiance and pop. Its atmosphere works extremely well with the numerous impressive choruses that Chino delivers. Rest assured, Chino's vocals are literally perfect this time around and he really sells how he stands out above many vocalists out there. As one could imagine, his one of a kind voice serves as the major driving force on this record and it works extremely well over the many layers of electronics and synth rhythms.

The major draw of Crosses lays in its infectiously catchy choruses. Opening track "This Is A Trick" and album highlight "Bitches Brew" never fail at delivering quality choruses and most of the record excels in variety and its dark atmosphere. The album has a little something for everyone and some of those songs include the soothing lullaby that is "Trophy," the chilling instrumental "Cross," the poppy "The Epilogue" and the soaring "Bitches Brew." After all, this album features fifteen tracks and one would think that they would start to blend together after a while, but absolutely not. Even after a couple minor speed bumps along the way, the album somehow manages to stay consistent and fresh up until the somewhat disappointing conclusion.

While the music and lyrics aren't exactly exploding with complexity, everything stands as performed exceptionally well to compliment Chino's vocals. The electronics add a fairly dark atmosphere and each guitar riff and synth beat is meant to carry his voice until the end of the song like a journey. However, the music also serves as a minor flaw of the album. Chino is meant to be the highlight of this record, but we hear way too much of him. The instruments are given almost no time to breath over the course of the record and that's why the instrumental track "Cross" is a fantastic change of pace. It showcases what the band could do in terms of their music and next time around the music should have more time to shine. The final track also fails to deliver a satisfying conclusion and even though this song isn't bad, it never really takes off. It's driven by a simple moody piano melody and muffled vocals which never really develops into anything substantially interesting. It's soothing nonetheless, but the incredibly chilling "Cross" would have made for a more satisfying conclusion.

While Crosses may not be perfect, it stands as one of the best releases this year so far. Chino's vocals carry the album and its dark, ambient and electronic atmosphere all creates a fantastic mood. It's accessible, has something for everyone, and contains a plethora of impressive choruses. The new Deftones album may have a long ways to go until it releases, but thankfully we have this pleasant surprise to fill to void. It's unclear whether or not this will turn into more than a side project, but in the mean time we should enjoy the journey while it lasts.



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Tunaboy45
February 21st 2014


2537 Comments


Great review. biā€ ches brew is a fantastic song, need to check out the full album.

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man and you should definitely do that man. Trophy is awesome.

BassDemon333
February 21st 2014


3399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. This album rules and I love the dark atmosphere throughout.

Deftones aren't taking a break this year though, that news article that was posted on Sputnik was inaccurate. Chino says they are set to write a new record this year.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/deftones-will-write-new-album-in-2014-not-2015

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh damn really? Sweet. Gotta think a new intro then ugh

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


16056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review, listening atm

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok I just changed the beginning and ending a bit. Damn I'm stoked now!

Ecnalzen
February 21st 2014


6688 Comments


Bitches Brew is quite the tune.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indeed it is Ec

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


16056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"the instrumental track "Cross" is a fantastic change of pace"

the album started to drag a bit until that song, seems like 20 mins of ideas spread over 50 mins

SirDrumsalot
February 21st 2014


1584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The more I listen to this, the more I like it. Might bump to a 4.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It would have been best to take out the final track and Ninety Eighty Seven and extend Cross a bit. Forgot to mention that.

SirDrumsalot
February 21st 2014


1584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only songs I dont really care for are Nineteen Ninety Four, Blk Stallion, and Death Bell. The rest are all really growing on me.

DrGonzo1937
February 21st 2014


5897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Noice review, man. This album is great.

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Artuma
February 21st 2014


14329 Comments


sputnik unanimously decides this is a 4

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty much haha

jefflebowski
February 21st 2014


8253 Comments


i feel like this review has a few too many stop start sentences and would perhaps benefit from a bit
more fluidity but it's still v well written

tempest--
February 21st 2014


13876 Comments


sweet rev dude :D

Rowan5215
February 21st 2014


27199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah great stuff mongi although I disagree with you the last track is one of my favourites

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys. And jeff, could you point some out for me so I could make it flow more?

RadioSuicide
February 21st 2014


318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bermuda Locket is so fucking good.

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