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'self-titled'

by Crossingpoint

Crossingpoint are four guys from Durban, South Africa who play creative, energy-driven music with a positive, relevant message that demands application. Described as a passionate and often brutal synthesis of metal, hardcore and electronics.
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1. Icebergs
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3:45 album only
2. Words of the unspoken
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3:29 album only
3. Physical equipment
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2:45 album only
4. New life
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2:38 album only
5. Tunnelvision
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2:59 album only
6. Upgrade
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3:57 album only
7. Move!
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8. (The) Urgency
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Album Notes
In a world where hardcore music is slowly being embraced by a wider audience, many bands have watered down their message to suit the listener. Where it used to be about an uncompromising message in response to societal problems, these days it seems to mostly be about the sound, with any sort of message being secondary. crossingpoint have stayed true to their roots by playing creative, energy-driven music with a message that demands application.

"It's hard to go to a crossingpoint show and leave unchanged. Whether you're screaming your lungs out with the band or following their lyrics on their lyric sheets handed out before each show, theirs is a power and a passion that few bands achieve."

The world is never going to change over night. Real change happens in the minds and hearts of individuals who can go on to effect others. crossingpoint's urgent and honest message dealing with issues such as sexism, loyalty and personal responsibility, is aimed at reaching the individual in a thoughtful way and helping them to see the world for what it truly is.

All stops have been pulled out in terms of recording, production and presentation of our album. In what is probably a first for a South African band the album comes as an eye catching 6 panel 'digipak' package!
This untitled album is our first full length offering.
For obvious reasons, heavy and thought-provoking music has little support from labels in South Africa, so an independent release made the most easiest sense, especially as it meant that we could remain in full creative control of the message and the sound that we want to convey. With this release we hope to communicate with a wider audience who may not be able to attend our shows.


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Leon Muster - The Herald

Most of the songs carry uplifting messages and thought-provoking social comment
Durban-based band Crossingpoint’s debut self-titled album is independently produced and available at the band’s gigs and through its website (www.crossingpoint.co.za)
Most of the songs carry uplifting messages and thought-provoking social comment, although these tend to be lost as the vocals are screamed as opposed to sung.
Interesting tracks are Tunnel Vision, which is about media propaganda and Words of the Unspoken, which hits out at sexism in the workplace.

Alain

They have a very strong message and don't only preach it - but live it
I have been anticipating a CrossingPoint release for a while now, and now I finally have it and I am very happy about it. CrossingPoint have been one of my favourite bands for a while now, and this album rocks in every single way. The digi-pak is the first released in SA, and what a first release. This is Cp's first release (except for some demo's a few years back) and it is a great album. The songs are hardcore, but with a punk feel to them. Often very catchy and fun to listen to - I find myself singing along a lot! The lyrics are also something that I admire about this band - they have a very strong message and don't only preach it - but live it. This is an awesome band and SA should be proud to have them. Get a copy now!! It is only R50.

Bobby

This band is truly unique as i struggled to compared them to any other HXC band
This is the first Full Length CD from Durban Positive Hardcore Band CrossingPoint. I seriously had my doubts about the quality of the cd and the band when i heard the first track with the initial wailing of "the icebergs ..." on the intro to the song. It just brought back way to many bad memories of other SA bands.

Soon after the song properly kicked in and all doubts were forgotten, this band is truly unique as i struggled to compared them to any other HXC band i have heard. They mix gang vocals, melodic interludes and full blown HXC vocals in every song. As I mentioned earlier, altough I cant put my finger on it, there is something they do that screams SA Rock, this isnt a bad thing and further helps seperate them from overseas HXC bands.

The tracks themselve are extremely well structured with no annoying repetition or similarity between tracks. Lyrically the CD shines as well with themes ranging from Enviromental Awareness to Gender Issues.

The only issues i had with the CD was that I found alot of the songs a bit slow and there is a noticeable lack of mosh sections found in most other HXC releases.

All in all this CD is definately a keeper and for only R50, there is no excuses to not buy it. Go to www.crossingpoint.za.net for ordering information or use the link above.

Matt Saville - Blunt

It really pushes the limits in terms of what is possible as underground and inde
I have been waiting for this release for over a year now, so now that I have it in my CD player at last, it almost feels unreal to be listening to it. It's been worth the wait though and I don’t mean this as a cliché. The album is Crossingpoint's debut full length and is a collection of their finest work from the past few years. This is indicated by the track credits acknowledging the input of past band members. Crossingpoint's release is completely DIY, from the excellent recording quality to the phenomenal artwork. It really pushes the limits in terms of what is possible as underground and independent artists and this really gives the album integrity. Crossingpoint are able to back up what they make music about and this conveys a sense of authenticity. Where many hardcore bands have chosen the trendier metalcore route, Crossingpoint are true to their punk roots. The album is still heavy and passionate, but displays a unique sound and unreal originality. The eight tracks clock in at just over 25 minutes and the album has a real cohesion about it. What's more you can pick it up for just R50. - Matt Saville, www.bluntmag.co.za

Dave

Don`t miss this one or you will regret it for the rest of your life.
Crossingpoint are based in Durban, and produce positive, progressive hardcore music. The band is Wesley on vocals and sampler/keyboards; Brandon on guitar; Ross on bass and Ricky on drums. The describe themselves as a `tight group of friends who play a passionate and often brutal synthesis of metal, hxc and electronics with a positive, relevant message.`

“All this time, all of these years, we’ve been killing everything. Someday something has got to move, all this time, all of these years.” Yea, that’s some of the chorus of “the Icebergs, the first track on the new crossingpoint CD, wow, it’s so great and I just love it when I get given a hard band with deep lyrics, I’m so sick of thrashy screaming repetitivenes. I believe that Crossing Point will inject some welcome passion into the South african alternative / metal scene. The impressive lead intro’s with the deep solid baseline’s are reminissent of hard 70’s rock bands such as Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. In my honest opinion, this is a definate must-buy album for and hard rocker.

Listening to the CD in my lounge with a cold beer, by the time the “Tunnelvision” track came up I thought to myself that this is vocal mastery that all great bands would die for, the eight and sadly final track entitled “The urgency” is great and will have you forming a mosh pit in your sitting room.

A pulsating album, don`t miss this one or you will regret it for the rest of your life.

Hi, me again... after the review I tossed the CD on a pile with the my others, and something made me grab it and put it back into the player, must have been the catchy label design... just wanted to add that track 2, `Words of the unspoken` is definitely my favourite, now stop reading this and go to their website and get your copy!!!