"Crossfade" (Columbia; 2004)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Crossfade's metallic overtones (especially the guitars, which vary from sounding like Soundgarden to Ill Nino), meshed with its penchant for balladeering (a la Three Doors Down) make for quite the bland offering. There's not much on the quartet's eponymous debut release that Sevendust hasn't already covered, and the DJ-meets-rock band aura that pervades tracks like "No Giving Up" and "Disco" just gives the perception of Crossfade being a poor man's Linkin Park. 

Even though Crossfade's debut is consistently competent, its big arena sound bellows loudly but says virtually nothing. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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