Crush 40
Crush 40



by Mr0 USER (13 Reviews)
August 17th, 2008 | 13 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great hard rock record, pure and simple.

They always say that to find the real gold of a genre, you have to dig deep, past all the generic retreads, beneath all the big names and labels, and through the hallowed names that can be traced back to the style's genesis. Those few who've trawled through it all are often rewarded. There are comparatively few people who know of Crush 40: but nearly all of them have been more than impressed. Comprised primarily of vocalist Johnny Gioeli (of Hardline and Axel Rudi Peli semi-fame) and respected video game composer and virtuoso guitarist and songwriter Jun Senoue, the outfit are primarily involved in making songs for video games, but their output is still very impressive and varied on its own terms.

'Crush 40' is a terrific, if not original, and energetic set. Opening with the pounding, riff-driven 'Live & Learn', you can tell the basic components of the band's sound: stripped down, raw melodic hard rock between XYZ and Burning Rain with a streamlined modern production values such as supplementary keyboards, synths and a sprawling mat of effects pedals.

There a plenty of genuine hooks and authentic riffs dotting the record, most of which Guns n Roses would be pleased to have. While on the hook-drunk 'Into the Wind', the band demonstrate a fleet-footed, breezier edge, they prove with the terse, nervy 'Dangerous Ground' and the muscular 'All the Way', aswell as the seismic crush of 'Open Your Heart', they can pull off heavy with plenty of panache and aplomb. As with many a modern rock record, the melodies are pushed to the forefront, highlighting both Gioeli and the plethora of guest vocalists' astounding ranges and versatility. While Gioeli delivers his parts with conviction and soul, Tony Harnell (taking lead on the sublime 'It Doesn't Matter') gives his elected song a frenetic, theatrical flavor. Ted Poley, taking lead on 'Escape from the City' (which, while good, seems like a throwaway exercise in rhythmic capability in comparison to the meticulous precision of the other songs) lends the song a breathless pace, though he pales in comparison to the other vocalists.

'Crush 40' is an exceedingly well-written and performed record, even if you might feel like you've heard it all before. It's for fans of Guns n Roses, Oasis, AC/DC and Motorhead. They, and those who like to indulge in a few guitar heroics, are the listeners who will derive the most entertainment from 'Crush 40'.

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August 17th 2008


Probably should've waited a day to post this, as you already have a review on the front page.

August 17th 2008


Isn't most of this Sonic the Hedgehog music? I hated those songs.

August 17th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

Three songs are from Sonic the Hedgehog. Why d'you hate them?

August 17th 2008


They were unbelievably cheesy and just plain annoying. Plus it'll always be associated with a bad game.

August 17th 2008


When i was like 9 or 10 years old i was obsessed as fuck with those 3 songs on sonic adventure 2. Game is pretty quality tbh.

August 17th 2008


adventure 2 and battle were like, the best sonic games that weren't side scrollers, which isnt saying much but they were pretty good.

August 17th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

I actually think I spent 200+ hours on Sonic Adventure 2 when I was 11 or 12. The songs are actually pretty well done.

August 18th 2008


^ second

March 6th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

This easily gets a 4 in my book. Open Your Heart has been a kickass song since it showed up in Sonic Adventure, and won't stop being. Of non-Sonic songs, Dangerous Ground is the best, IMO.

October 5th 2009


4 of the songs were from sonic adventure series. the rest were all from Sega Rally

February 24th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty cheesy but still amazing. Or maybe that's just the nostalgia talking. Either way, Jun is an incredible guitarist, up there with the best

April 1st 2017


Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

*Album Rating: 5.0

I remember when I was 12 years old and I rented this movie from the local public library. I used to watch it religiously, every day when I would get home from school I would pop the disk into the DvD player and just sit there watching the movie on repeat for hours. But I knew that it couldn't last forever I knew that one day I would have to return the DVD to the library. One day when I got home from school my mom said to me "sandwich, I got a call from the library and that sonic DVD is overdue we have to return it today". I said "NO, mom I can't return the DVD" my mom responded "what did you scratch the disk or something??” I said "Hell NO mom do you honestly think I would do anything to harm this dvd" my mom said "don't talk to me like that" I said “I’ll talk to you however I want bitch". my mom gasped and smacked me in the face I fell to the ground my mom said "that movie has been a bad influence on you I’m going to the library to return it immediately" she walked over to the dvd player where the dvd was currently playing and was going to press the eject button

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April 1st 2017


Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

but, before she could there was a blue blur the flew out from the TV and push my mom on to the floor. I knew who it was and I knew he would put an end to the injustice my mom was committing. My mom said "what the heck was that" the Blue blur responded with " I am the fastest thing alive I am protector of all living things that cry out in misery I am sonic the hedgehog and I am a nightmare to you". My mom said "I'm calling the police" sonic said "you're too slow" the vanished for a millisecond then reappeared holding the house phone. He crushed the house phone in his hand and said "try to keep up!” My mom screamed and ran into the kitchen. Sonic raced after her and I followed. My mom grabbed a kitchen knife and said "I don't know who you are or what you are but I'm going to stab if you don't get out of my house right now!!!!!” Sonic said "don't tell me what to d-" as he was talking he was interrupted by my mom's knife. It slashed him across his Achilles tendon. Sonic sad "NO NOW I CAN'T GO FAST". My mom said "I know and I’m going to put an end to you right now" sonic mumbled "YOU BITCH'. My mom put her right foot forward and charge toward sonic she had the knife against her stomach with the blade pointing outward in the direction of Sonic’s heart. I knew I had to stop this because if I didn't sonic would surely die. I leaped forward in front of my mom. The blade went straight into my throat. My mom yelled "OH MY GOD" blood shot out of my throat and I fell. As I lay on the ground awaiting my eminent death I feel a strange sense of contempt within my demise. I knew my death would be for a good cause, FOR SONIC.

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