Risk Revival Review

artist: Hot Cross date: 03/01/2007 category: compact discs
Hot Cross: Risk Revival
Release Date: Feb 20, 2007
Label: Equal Vision
Genres: Post-Hardcore, Screamo
Number Of Tracks: 13
"Risk Revival" has already made its presence known, and this is destined to be on more than a few people's "Best of 2007" list.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 9
Risk Revival Reviewed by: PDMChubby, on march 01, 2007
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Sound: Hot Cross is a great band that had a great sound on their first release Cryonics. Since then, they've lost a guitarist. They originally wrote the album for two parts, but when he left, they had to rewrite for one guitar. What happened was that they got a new style going on from what they had. The vocals especially feel drastically different. The guitar keeps its mold, and it shapes well around the vocal style. Some may not notice it but it's there. Love the guitar and bass parts, and the drums are great. The only thing wrong with it is that it somehow sounds different from Hot Cross. // 8

Lyrics: Lyrics are good. I've heard better, but it's not really about the lyrics, it's about how Billy Werner, previously of Saetia, provides them. His vocal style is outstanding, not quite screamo (which I don't usually like), not quite pop, but he does an impecable job of putting together many vocal styles. The vocals on this album tends to move off the track on some songs based on previous Hot Cross, but it works, and it works well. // 10

Overall Impression: 01. Exits And Trails - a song that'll catch you on surprise. It starts with an eerie, almost Daron Malakian esque guitar part, and goes into a heavy part at an unexpected part. Not the best song. 02. Turncoat Revolution - pretty much classic Hot Cross. Great vocals and stand out guitar parts that remind me greatly of Thomas Erak's riffs. The bass drum stands out a lot, which isn't bad. Awesome song. 03. Resent Resist Rebuild - a short interlude between Turncoat and Fire, it's just a soft 30 second instrumental that builds up into Fire the Foundations very well. 04. Fire The Foundations - it's a soft and hard song at the same time. The guitar part is on the same sound level as everything else, bass and drums included. It kind of sounds like a Thursday song, but better. 05. Cardiac Silence - the verse riff is a nice, half-plam muted part that molds well with the vocals and the bass. The guitar has a lot of great parts in this song, and it really shows the guitarists talent. Pretty sweet song. 06. Kill The Name - this song has a kick ass breakdown right in the middle of the song. It feels like early hardcore punk from the 80's at some parts and really gets into the modern feel at others. It's an alright song. 07. Silence Is Failure - there are a lot of palm muted chords that go well together but doesn't really achive anything. It's feels watered down compared to the rest of the album, but it's pretty good nonetheless. 08. Fatefully - a lot more "hardcore" feeling than Silence and it's a real amazing transition. Like Turncoat, it's like classic Hot Cross, but has a lot of their new style twisted in. It's an alright song. 09. Existence - there's a nice melodic part that clashes with an awkward but memorable part for a great sound from drums, guitar, and bass. Overall, really awesome sound in a great song. 10. Rejoinder - sweet guitar line that goes along gentle snare rolls (accompanied by a few cymbal taps), and then goes into a tight chorus. Breakdown in the middle feels really good, which leads to a great end of the song. Amazing song. 11. Finance Fuels The Sickness At Heart - acoustic intro that sounds like Dashboard Confessional. It doesn't last long, but goes into a version of the part on electric in one speaker, then the vocals kick in and make a kick ass song. I love the drums in this song more than anything. 12. Blame Truth - more classic Hot Cross that kind of feels like an old punk song as well. Really great song. 13. Scrape Wisdom - love this song. This is definately more classic Hot Cross and this is why I love them. Sweet parts for everything. The chorus and verse feel like they are from two different songs, but you will find how great they sound together. Amazing end to a great full length. Hot Cross feels like it's changed a bit in the first part of the album, but when it gets down to Blame Truth and Scrape Wisdom, I realize they haven't changed much at all. They're still amazing hardcore music that I will keep loving. They sound a lot like The Fall of Troy, which is not a bad thing at all. What I dislike about this album is how so much of it sounds alike. It's hard because the music is so original and different, but about every song has one part that sounds like another part from a different song. Regardless, it's an amazing album and I'm glad I got it. Hot Cross is definitely great hardcore music. // 9

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