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Hot Cross: Fair Trade And FarewellsFair Trade And Farewells (2004)
Level Plane Records

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Contributed by: danperroneDan Perrone
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The new EP from Hot Cross is a six-song ass-kicker that reeks of screamo (yes, true screamo) fury. It hints at a return to their roots shown on the A New Set Of Lungs EP, with a dash of their style from Cryonics thrown in, only much better. For those disappointed with their debut full-length (I .
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The new EP from Hot Cross is a six-song ass-kicker that reeks of screamo (yes, true screamo) fury. It hints at a return to their roots shown on the A New Set Of Lungs EP, with a dash of their style from Cryonics thrown in, only much better. For those disappointed with their debut full-length (I know I sure was), fear no more; they're back to making truly solid music.

For those who don't know, Hot Cross is basically your screamo all-star band, with members from numerous legendary bands; Saetia, You And I, Joshua Fit For Battle, and The Now to name a few. The vocalist, formerly of Saetia (one of the greatest bands ever to exist, in my opinion), uses a combination of talk-singing and screaming that fits well with the music. The vocals actually remind me of Rites Of Spring, a band constantly considered the first true emocore band. There are two guitar players, and there is constant noodling and dueling going on between the two. What I find rather awesome is that when both guitars are going at it in soloing fashion, there isn't a magical third distorted guitar track in the background, only bass. It actually sounds much better this way. There's no more than two guitar tracks on here, which makes for a very classic and awesome feel. With Hot Cross, you've got your grindy, chaotic parts, and your slower, moodier parts, only without the cheese factor that many bands have perfected (that may be the wrong choice of words) lately. If you're sick of the latest trend of faux-emocore, look no further than Hot Cross.

Even at only seventeen minutes, the Fair Trade And Farewells EP rips. From the insane guitar work on "Better A Corpse Than A Nun" (easily the EP's finest moment) to the more melodic tones of the opener "Prepare Repair", it's obvious that you're listening to what will be one of the top EPs of the year. The dark "Solanka" exposes a near-religious mood, and the chant-like vocals only add to the atmospheric song. "Throw Collars To The Wind" has some crazy drum fills and an awesome lead guitar part, and the closer "Consonants", with the "emo" intro and all, showcases everything the band does well, rolled into one song. There's one instrumental track, "Two Cripples Dancing", which I usually skip. It adds nothing to the EP, and at 1:59, the band could have put a real scorcher in its place.

Fair Trade And Farewells is definitely something special, as Hot Cross shows that there is a happy medium between easy-to-get-into emocore and the more grindcore feel that most Level-Plane bands hold. If you're sick of the current state of music, you could do a lot worse than to check this out. Definitely recommended.

 

 
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thurstonXwhore (February 13, 2007)

Good cd. Fancy ass hardcore.

pancho_523 (November 21, 2006)

"For those disappointed with their debut full-length (I know I sure was), fear no more; theyâ??re back to making truly solid music."
what the fuck up are you talking????
cryonics are not solid music???'

inagreendase (June 11, 2004)

If you search for Level Plane at http://www.hxcmp3.com , Hot Cross should be in the list with an mp3 from this.

Anonymous (June 9, 2004)

MP3's anyone? Please

Anonymous (June 9, 2004)

where is your review? lets compare....

Anonymous (June 9, 2004)

This CD is the best...and this review was better than mine, even tho mine was amazing.

slippy (June 8, 2004)

Cryonics is fucking great. I am gonna buy this.

thriceequalsgod (June 8, 2004)

this is pretty good, but cyronics was much better. I loved that album

Anonymous (June 8, 2004)

why would you ever think level-plane is a wealthy fatcat?

boldredletters (June 8, 2004)

good live band.

Anonymous (June 8, 2004)

Sreamo? I'll pass on this shit!

Anonymous (June 8, 2004)

The former, good man. I wasn't kidding though, I'll probably get a burned copy of this album. Support your scene.

Anonymous (June 8, 2004)

"these wealthy fatcats"

Level-Plane or blatant sarcasm? You decide.

Anonymous (June 8, 2004)

This band is great, can't wait to hear this ep. I'm sure my friend will steal it from SoulSeek so I don't have to drop a bunch of change into the fat pockets of these wealthy fatcats.

inagreendase (June 8, 2004)

This was more the next step from Cryonics than the Lungs... EP. There's been an obvious increase in melody and production with every release and this fits the bill; it's the most well-produced/melodic stuff they've done yet. That being said, it's really good, though I still think Cryonics is the best yet.

travis (June 8, 2004)

this ep is fucking brutal. non-stop awesome.

Anonymous (June 8, 2004)

The first hot cross ep is called "a new set of lungs". Alkaline trio put out the "for your lungs only" ep.

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