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Review: Krossbreed - 3 Cheers for the Misery
3 Cheers for the Misery

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating
3 Cheers for the Misery

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

It seems that, since their formation, Krossbreed have combined, under the Thrash Metal banner, some varied influences. Several bands, such as Machine Head, Pantera, Slayer and Metallica can all provide reference points. In light of this small list it is no surprise the music features a heavy weight of anger and aggression with tons of groove.

What I like about Krossbreed is that they, as their name suggests, cross between some of the big names in Thrash. By using elements of the old school, a bit of technical stuff, new wave of Thrash and a whole lot of groove, the band's full-length debut, "3 Cheers for the Misery," is for anyone who is seeking some diverse compositions. Tracks like "Dead Eyes," "Fractions," "Violate," "3 Cheers for Misery" and "Ashes of Tomorrow" feature Krossbreed displaying their great technical abilities while shifting from hard brutal riffs, close to Death Metal or Hardcore, to clear Heavy Metal with driving choruses.

However, given the band's talent and aggression, enough to break skulls while caught in a mosh, there is the question of the production. Let's leave the phase problem, which mostly ruined the listening experience, aside, what about the mastering? The guitars nearly crush the band's singer, Michel, to bits as he struggles to be heard. Moreover, the snare drum is barely heard and the same goes for the bass. The producer should have addressed those critical errors while the album was recorded.

Even if the modern production has almost ruined everything this band worked for, you can't deny Michel and the guys of Krossbreed made some good material. Being diverse and not stuck in a rut usually helps any kind of music. Krossbreed took that direction and carved a decent career path.

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