Crossfade
Crossfade


2.0
poor

Review

by Mister Mop USER (12 Reviews)
May 6th, 2006 | 38 replies | 11,835 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


7 of 10 thought this review was well written

Crossfade

In the late 90’s guitarist/singer Ed Sloan met up with bassist Mitch James and drummer Brian Geiger to form the band ‘The Nothing’. Ed Sloan had taken up piano and the age of eight but then decided to start playing guitar after getting into a heavy metal and grunge and had been in a couple of bands during high school. Brian Geiger had also been in several bands previously but ‘The Nothing’ was Mitch James’s first band. After adding a local singer and DJ Tony Byroads to the band they decided to rename themselves ‘Sugardaddy Superstar’ (which has got to be one of the worst band names in history). In 2002 they self-released their own album then after getting signed to Columbia they decided to revise the album and rename themselves ‘Crossfade’.

Crossfade Are:
- Ed Sloan – Guitar & Vocals
- Mitch James - Bass & Backing Vocals
- Brian Geiger – Drums

1) Starless (3:56) - Kicks off straight away with a nice distorted guitar riff. Then at 0:12 it slows down into the verse, the lyrics are rather mediocre in my opinion, ‘Can’t feel you anymore because you have run through me with destructive force". The chorus is rather catchy but the verses and the awful excuse for a bridge really lets the song down. Overall, a very average song. 2.5/5

2) Cold (3:14) – Starts straight away with the verse. This song is one of the better ones of the album but it still isn’t anything special. At around 0:26 the chorus starts with some catchy lyrics, “What I really meant to say, it that I’m sorry for the way I am, never meant to be so cold". After another verse and chorus the song quiets down into an acoustic part but then it all goes heavy again when the guitar solo starts at 1:55. The guitar solo is a bit of a joke, it just copies the vocal melody in the chorus really and it only has about six notes in it. After that there is a short bridge and then the chorus is repeated until the end. Overall, a good song, but nothing that gives you the ‘wow!’ factor. 3/5

3) So Far Away (3:26) – Starts with just the vocals and then suddenly the sounds explodes into a heavy guitar riff with the drums pounding away and the bass barely audible. Then the verse starts with a cool drum beat. After that there is the chorus which has some vocal harmony. After repeating this sequence another time there is a bridge/breakdown part at 1:58 which is just repeating the intro. After that it all goes heavy and there is some effected screams in the background. Overall, another very average song. 2.5/5

4) Colors (3:18) – This was one of the singles from the album. Starts with some harmonics then goes into an acoustic guitar part. Soon after the singing starts, it’s your typical mainstream rock song that starts slow then goes heavy in the chorus. At around 0:48 the chorus comes in with all the distorted guitars etc. After repeating another verse and chorus, there is a bridge which leads back into the chorus which is repeated until the end. Overall it’s just a typical mainstream rock ballad. 2/5

5) Death Trend Setta (3:34) – This is probably the heaviest song on the album and also the song that uses the most sampling. It just with heavy guitar riffs and the drums pounding away as usual then the vocals enter. The lyrics are far beyond cheesy, it sounds like a ‘Limp Bizkit’ b-side. The bridge is just so Limpy that if you close your eyes and just listen the first thing that would jump to your mind is ‘Limp Bizkit’. Overall a very poor attempt of copying a band that isn’t very good in the first place. 1/5

6) The Deep End (3:23) – Starts with an acoustic guitar playing a simple part, this is probably the only song on the album where the bass is clearly audible. The lyrics are really annoying, “I built my life like a bike on a rigid frame". Then it typically goes into a semi-heavy chorus like a typical mainstream song. After the chorus there is a little guitar solo before going back into the second verse. The bridge is really the only good part of the song, I like the guitar riffs which are pretty cool even though they are really simple. After that it’s back into the chorus to finish the song up. Overall just another average mainstream rock song. 2.5/5

7) No Giving Up (3:24) – This is, in my opinion, the best song on the album. It starts with a heavy guitar riff and drums then slows down into the verse, somewhat similar to ‘Starless’. The verse is sort of half way between singing and rapping. At 0:55 everything stops then Sloan screams, “THERE’S NO GIVING UP NOW!" which opens into the exploding heavy chorus. After repeating another verse and chorus then there is a guitar solo, it is just a couple of notes but it still adds to the song. Then the chorus is repeated to the end. Overall, this is the best song on the album by far. 3.5/5

8) Dead Skin (3:51) – This song seems to be about trying to leave all the bad stuff in your life behind you and to start over, or shedding you dead skin as Crossfade put it. At 2:35 there is a guitar solo which is easily the best solo off the album even though it still not really that good. Overall, a boring song with droning vocals and slow boring guitar parts. It just sounds too much like all the other slowish songs on the album (The Deep End, Colors, So Far Away). 2/5

9) Disco (2:58) – This is the shortest song on the album therefore it inflicts the shortest amount of pain. Lots of references to drugs and wh*res in this song. The guitar riff in the chorus is really catchy but the lyrics are terrible and really let the song down. “You’re wasted now and your pants are soiled but you don’t go". Then of course the bridge again sounds a lot like ‘Limp Bizkit’. Overall a poor song. 2/5

10) The Unknown (2:59) – This is the slowest song off the album and is the only song that doesn’t have any distorted guitars in it at all. Starts with a few chords on the guitar, soon after the piano starts playing the same notes in the background. The lyrics are quite emo with parts like, “Can you hear me, can you see any part of me, can you feel me, can you bleed for me?" There is no real chorus in this song, it just repeats the verses over and over again. Overall a very boring song and a poor attempt at doing an emotional ballad. 1.5/5

Good Things:
There aren’t that many good things about this album. A couple of the chorus’s are catchy, the drums are pretty good and occasionally there is an okay guitar riff but apart from that there is nothing special. Also the album is quite short only being 34:13 minutes so therefore the pain won’t last too long.

Bad Things:
The lyrics on the album are awful. The bass is barely ever audible and when it is, there is only a simple pattern being played. Too many of the songs sound the same. ‘So Far Away’, ‘Colors’, ‘The Deep End’ and ‘Dead Skin’ all have the typical slow acoustic thing going then when the chorus comes everything goes heavy (but not so heavy as to turn away mainstream fans). A couple of their song (‘Death Trend Setta’ and ‘Disco’) sound like Limp Bizkit b-sides. Overall there is nothing special about this album at all and it is just another cheesy mainstream band.

Album Highlights:
- No Giving Up

If you like mainstream rock bands such as Nickelback or Puddle Of Mud then you should give this band a go. If not then stay well clear of it, some songs may be catchy but after two or three listens they become very bland and boring.

That’s why I’m giving this album a 2/5



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Mister Mop
May 7th 2006



266 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i wasted $9.95 on this album....

Storm In A Teacup
May 7th 2006



12712 Comments


The three singles I've heard would lead me to agree with the review. "Cold" is horrible, at least the other two are somewhat bearable.

Nice review too. :thumb:This Message Edited On 05.07.06

Mister Mop
May 7th 2006



266 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thanx kripes

slack
May 7th 2006



249 Comments


You're a better man than I am. I wouldn't have spent the time reviewing this piece of crap.

Yes, good review.

jimay333
May 7th 2006



433 Comments


Is it just me or did you just tell us in what order the choruses and verses were in the songs? A lot said for absolutely nothing.

DepthsOfDreams555
May 7th 2006



55 Comments


Good review. I haven't listened to the entire album because after the singles that I heard I didn't care to listen to any more of it.

raggedragamuffin
May 16th 2006



689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review. opened my eyes a little bit.
although, one thing going for crossfade is that they are the best band I have ever seen live.
you can actually hear the bass
and you call sloan's solo on cold a joke, but the boy can play. hes got his 8-string guitar, and busted out a wicked 2 minute solo between songs at the concert

Mister Mop
May 17th 2006



266 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

well sloan may be able to play.....but if he can then he didnt show it on that song

pattern_recognition
May 17th 2006



950 Comments


If they're the best band you've ever seen live, you need to see more bands.


raggedragamuffin
May 18th 2006



689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i guess maybe youre right.
i have seen about 50 bands play, but i havent seen any of the bands with the guitar and drums that i know would top that

Acey
May 18th 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Mister Mop
i think Aaron Fink from Breaking Benjamin plays better guitar than Ed Sloan, but i still think that Ed is decent.

Shaft!
May 18th 2006



37 Comments


The solo to "Cold" definitely has more than 6 notes in it. The use of the word "cold" in music is old, though.
I like most of the songs off of this record, but it's most likely only because they're from Columbia.

pattern_recognition
May 19th 2006



950 Comments


I wasn't trying to be a dick or anything with that remark, I just genuinely think there are bands out there that blow these guys away live.
I mean, personally, the best live bands I've ever seen would be Metallica, Foo Fighters, Motorhead, Motely Crue, Tool, and In Flames. Pearl Jam were really good too.
Anyway, thee guys aren't terrible, just generic. Still better than Nickleback.

pattern_recognition
May 19th 2006



950 Comments


*multiple post problem*This Message Edited On 05.19.06

Acey
May 21st 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

anyone is better than nickleback IMO

The Jungler
May 21st 2006



4827 Comments


Meh, Cold was alright, but I prefer the faux-electronica version they always play at my school dances


Good review.This Message Edited On 05.21.06

Mister Mop
May 28th 2006



266 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

'The solo to "Cold" definitely has more than 6 notes in it'

i don't think it does. The strings are just bent a lot

Derock
February 13th 2007



30 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this cd is crap!

OmgWtfBacon
May 12th 2007



10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This cd is alright. Nice review. Cold got REALLY OLD really fast cause I heard it all the time in shop class. I actually bought this cd too... well at least its better than their second album hahahaha.

BallsToTheWall
October 22nd 2007



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Listening to Divine Heresy and Tommy's clean vocals feel like Crossfade. Cold and Colors aere cool songs even though vastly over played.

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