The third album from Californian Metalists arrives to continue their aggressive assault on the musical world. With their diverse approach to music is reflected through the bands they have toured with, including Motionless In White, Max and Iggor Cavalera, 36 Crazy Fists and Hollywood Undead, plus the fact that a collaboration with Warren Riker was used for Highway Crosses. Riker is a Grammy winner having worked with Lauren Hill, Santana and Michael Jackson along with bands like Down, and Crowbar in the Metal world.
From the beginning of the album the aggressive vocal and groove is clear, with choppy and punchy guitars and heavy hooks you are soon caught on the wave of sound that this band seem to be able replicate with different tracks. There is a Hardcore element to the aggressive vocal that is countered by the more serene clean vocal, however when the breakdown hits, it hits hard.
This style of almost split personality aggression and clean passion continues as the album progresses, along with the heavyweight riffs and the punishing beat and bass combination. The blend of which really comes to the fore with ‘Slow Season’ which were literally two tracks that were merged for the album.
‘Anti Social Media’ tackles the current issues around lack of interpersonal skills and the need for the modern person to feel relevant by the use of likes and comments on social media platforms.
Highway Crosses consists of 12 tracks that span 42 minutes, which is constantly intense, with the use of heavy, chugging guitars, technical riffs, relentless drums and a vocal full of emotion and frustration that leads you to join in with whilst the clean vocal provides an opportunity for the emotions to be expressed loud and passionately.
This is a solid third album that should continue the bands rise and blending differing sub genres can only lead to more exposure and rightly so. People should hear this album and soon everyone wil be Hailing the Yeti!!
Highway Crosses was released November 30th via Minus Head Records
01.) Live Everyday
02.) See You Never
03.) Highway Crosses
04.) Slow Season
05.) Felo De Se
06.) Withdrawal Delirium
07.) World Is Cold
08.) Seymour Avenue
09.) Anti-Social Media
10.) Necktie Party
11.) Murder Frost
12.) The Nuclear Dust