Thursday, August 4, 2011

Album Review: ††† (Crosses) - EP†

Now this is pretty fresh in release, its the new Ep from the side project of Deftones singer Chino Moreno and also features Far guitarist Shaun Lopez. I never have cared for Deftones or Far for that matter, I've never been that big on Deftones screams and prefered at times if they just didn't as the clean vocals had more appeal for myself anyway. This is the first release from this project in the form of a 20 minute EP released for free.

To begin this album already you know theres going to be some electronic influence in this all, as the first moments are a pretty decent hip hop sounding beat. The beat as great as it is only disapoints when Chino comes in and doesn't start rapping a true shame indeed. Chino basically only uses the soft vocals which I don't mind, they sound quite powerful and remind me of Anders Friden of In Flames particularly in the most recent albums. You can hear the strains not vocals but in the emotion Chino is putting into this it works.

The greatest thing about this album to me is the experimenting electronically, the beats are quite cool and track twos incorporation of guitar in a much more obvious light brings it to a more alternative sound. The album is smooth as fuck and flows beautifully throughout and everything goes together so well. While this album is really subtle and I do like this, I don't find that they have pushed boundaries in their songs something that we might hear when the promised full album released is dropped, its good not great.

Overall this is a pretty nice start for this side project and definitely moves completely away from Deftones. The potential is fairly high and the sound is clean with Chino's vocals beautiful throughout.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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