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Crosses (†††): CrossesCrosses (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: eatdogseatdogs
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Crosses (also known as †††) is the newest project from Chino Moreno of the Deftones, Shaun Lopez from post-hardcore stalwarts Far, and their buddy Scott Chuck. This is their self-titled debut release. Immediately once the first song, "†his Is a †rick" starts, I'm reminded of two music genres in recent blog obsessions: the gritty griminess of dubstep and the cheaply made, yet sort of unique quirkiness of witchhouse. OK, so this is probably coming off as crazy, but if you are curious about these two mentioned styles of music, take a gander on the internets for an overwhelming, heaping amount of this stuff. Anyway, back to the music. That first track sets things off in a weird direction, yet it starts to feel familiar. If you've ever listened to Chino's other side project, Team Sleep, or think of tracks like "Teenager" and "Sex Tape" from Deftones, then you wouldn't be far off from getting an understanding of where this is coming from. Synths of a darkwave style lead the song while the drums pounce like pre-programmed beats (drums were done live by Far's Chris Robyn). Chino's vocals are layered all over, providing an outside/inside sort of feel. Oh, and Duff MaKagen contributed bass to the song, but that's nothing to really care much about.
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