CROSS FADE "Return To Planet Hell (1992-1994)" CD (Memento Mori 2021)
A CD that compiles all three demos by this obscure U.S. band. Cross Fade was formed in Mastic (Long Island, N.Y.) in March of 1991. Scot Trollan (vocals), John Tinger (guitars), Eric Rhodes (drums) and John Colucco (bass) would form one the most intense bands to ever rule a stage. Cross Fade was fortunate to have spawned and thrived in the primordial era of Long Island Death Metal, a force to be reckoned with amongst other global Metal sounds. And Cross Fade was there, absorbing it and spitting out their own unique brand of extreme music. A band with infinite potential, gaining speed and ferocity only to implode like a black star in 1994. A band whose live sound was 100 times more intense than on tape. Cross Fade looked to create fresh diverse extreme sounds, with various influences ranging from Pink Floyd and Primus to Deicide, Suffocation and Cannibal Corpse. A socially aware band, the lyrics dealt with subjects like religious falsehood, global colonialism, pollution and mental illness. A constant on the live front, Cross Fade played early backyard and legion hall shows with what would become and continue to be the core of LIDM (Internal Bleeding, Pyrexia and Suffocation), and would cut their teeth on the stages of infamous N.Y. clubs like L'Amour, Sundance, Sparks and The Roxy, sharing the large stage opening for bands such as Morbid Angel, Sorrow, Internal Bleeding and Pro-Pain. Cross Fade was prolific in the underground zine and trading scene, sending out hundreds of demos to fanzines and Metal fans at cost, as well as handing out hundreds of free demos at the many many live shows and events they did. With the release of the self-titled demo in January 1992, the band showed where both them and the extreme sounds of the next century were going. Releasing the infamous "Ruined" demo later that year, Cross Fade was quickly becoming recognized as a force in the underground. Ferocious, moving, intense, intelligent... The band had established its sound and started doing out of state shows. In 1993 the band continued to play, promote, create, write and record, but the cracks of doom started to show. Internal creative tensions, commitments to responsibilities, all the things that come with being in a real band, were starting to weigh, all the while making the sound sharper, maner, more complex, more musical. 1994 led to the very limited release of the "Untitled" demo. This one was barely promoted or handed out, and the pressures of recording were enough to drive a final wedge in the band and ultimately lead it to ruin. All songs restored and subtly remastered for a more pleasurable listening experience. Cover art and layout by César Valladares. The 16-page booklet features lyrics, photos, bio and liner notes by Scot Trollan and John Colucco. Absolutely recommended to fans of spazztic yet catchy, ridiculously dynamic, highly original, fucked up Death Metal with a vocalist that sounds like a mentally deranged John Tardy on crystal meth.