Song: Crossroads Artist: Path of Victory Release: Against The Odds Area: Central Coast NSW Australia Date of release: 23/01/19 Genre: Hardcore/Metalcore For Fans Of: Throwdown, Hatebreed, Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage Next Gig: 9th Feb Beachcomber Hotel,Toukley Central Coast NSW; 22nd Feb Crowbar, Sydney.
"We're all guilty as charged"
No compromise. No waiting. No stuffing around.
This track just smashes you instantly with groove-laden, in your face abandon. The guitars are full, fat and run like a steam train in unison with crazy tight double kicking.
It drops into the verse which is akin to some of the best riffs bands like Throwdown and Hatebreed perfected. The vocals are instantly vicious; guttural without being muddy and very syllable is on point with the chopped up riffing under them. The verse then simply picks up the pace and brings even more ferocity out of the already booming riff, commanding ones’ neck to start its eventual destruction that this song has made clear it intends to do to it. Dropping into a well manoeuvred cut back riff, chopping guitar parts in intervals the song continues to pummel along but with a very well placed halftime drumbeat that really grabs you and throws you around.
Then... well then, it explodes! The riffs become machine like, barreling along with an insanely tight double time snare and kickers, pushing into maniacal territory. James Griegs vocals hold up against any hardcore/metalcore vocalist I’ve heard. He has captured his angst, rage and precise rhythmic slaughter perfectly. The song drops into a classic breakdown. but there is still that air of psycho humming through the slower guitar lines and James manages to turn his voice-box into a meat-grinder, ripping his vocal chords apart in the breakdown, spitting some of the purest hate I've heard in a long time.
Bringing the song into the final assault, the guitars split away from each other like magnets... then with a perfectly poised Gang vocal of "watch as the city burns", the song takes off again and finishes you off with that huge choppy riff to climax. This track instantly reminded me of some of the groovier parts of bands like Hatebreed, Throwdown, with a little Parkway Drive and Chimaira thrown in for good measure. It is a very good natural progression and a step up from their earlier releases Homebound and New Beginnings. The mixing is huge yet still allowed every single piece to breathe. I’ve yet to experience this aural assault live but I think its high time I go out and get my ears ripped off..
You should too.
Vocals: 9/10 Guitars: 8/10 Bass: 8/10 Drums: 9/10 Lyrics: 3/5 Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 5/5
Mixing: 8/10 Production: 17/20 Structure: 18/20
Personal Enjoyment: 9/10