Forever Cursed - Cross Me
By Barnaby Britten
Milwaukee, Wisconsin hardcore band Cross Me’s two previous releases (2013’s demo and 2014’s EP, Paid In Full) exhibited heaps of energy, a knack for groovy, thrashy riffing and most of all promise, and that promise is not broken with their latest EP, Forever Cursed. These four tracks barely hit the ten minute mark, but they leave an impression nonetheless.
Part of the Midwest Blood movement (involving bands such as Expire, Bent Life, Weekend Nachos and Knocked Loose), Cross Me lay down a style of metallic hardcore akin to their Bridge Nine label mates Expire and Backtrack. No frills, just thrills. While this style of hardcore has certainly been done before, Cross Me know how to keep things interesting, adding solos and guitar licks in between and amongst the barrage of thrash influenced riffs. They also know how to write a mosh part that will cause some serious spin kicking. The end of “Cold” highlights this particularly, building the tension up almost sadistically before releasing it with a brutal one note breakdown reminiscent of rhythmically repeated punches to the gut. The vocals also help to elevate Cross Me above the rest of the pack. Tyler Murray’s lyrics are not unusual for hardcore, pertaining to personal struggles and antagonisms, but he knows how to write lines that will stick in your head, delivering them with plenty of malice and at just the right moment to make the riff hit that much harder.
Forever Cursed is Cross Me’s declaration that despite being in an oversaturated scene, they have the chops to make a name for themselves. Watch this space.