Crossingpoint | Self Assassination

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Self Assassination

by Crossingpoint

Each and every song that makes up Self Assassination speaks for itself. They are heavy, hard, loud, and drip with fervor but still manage to whisper gentle messages and change lives through the bands convictions.
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1. Do Kings Sing in the Grave
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3:50 album only
2. Words of Water
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4:14 album only
3. The Way It Should Have Been From the Beginning of Time
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4:26 album only
4. Snakes in Our Laps
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5:45 album only
5. Lazarus I
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3:24 album only
6. Greater Shadows
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4:03 album only
7. Longest Way
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2:58 album only
8. Tracing Adams Footsteps and Dancing On Them Backwards
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3:32 album only
9. * Lazarus Ii
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10. Me Vs Me
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2:56 album only
11. Born With a Sword
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“Self-Assassination” from the masters of South African Hardcore, Crossingpoint, is an intensely crafted album that will have fans begging for more.Recorded and engineered locally by Greg Bedford at Face Studios, mixed by Dan Coutant and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, New Jersey, USA, Self Assassination is a spine-chilling blend of the band’s positivity, brutality, passion and progression. The album has been crafted with raw talent, unique song construction and a hard-hitting, pulse-racing stab at what the world has come to accept as passion through melody.

The band has been in the fore front of the local hardcore scene for 10 years and this album comes as a result of pure hard work, dedication and a burning fire for their beliefs and message. Self Assassination follows in the foot steps of a tumultuous USA tour, largest gig attendance records for both of Durban’s top rock venues, headlining the stages of major festivals, successful touring around South Africa and numerous TV and other media appearances and is testament to the band and what they stand for.


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Will Edgecumbe

Crossingpoint have managed to put together a really 'big' album.
It's been a few years and a good few band members since Crossingpoint released an album, but the wait has been worth every second. Crossingpoint are South African hardcore's stalwarts, sticking it out in a scene that has gone through its fair share of ups and downs. It would be easy for a band to lose momentum after so long, but if anything Crossingpoint are forging ahead stronger than ever and this new album proves it.

Ever since I watched my first Crossingpoint show some six years ago they've always had one overriding and unchanging quality - urgency. Crossingpoint have always been a band that is proudly message first, music second. Never content to go with the flow and always willing to speak out against what is wrong with this world, Crossingpoint has been building up its listeners with every word and every throbbing chord. And their message is something they live, as they sing in Snakes in our Laps, the fourth track on the album, "Let our actions speak louder than our words." It's not just a refrain; it's a call to living out what you believe.

And essentially, that's what much of this album is about. In the words of vocalist Ray Douglas, "The name 'Self Assassination' is basically about rethinking how you thought about yourself and the world around you, what you've been taught, how the influence of this world has tried to inform you, from parents to school to religion that's dirtied name of Jesus. Killing who you thought you were and becoming that person full of hope and glory, and that's special. Essentially, dying to yourself."

The power of hardcore is that though it's such an aggressive form of music, the heart behind it is always so close to the surface and easily apparent. Crossingpoint have arguably become a lot heavier over the last few years, referencing newer influences (there's traces of Between the Buried and Me, Botch and Haste the Day in there) and experimenting with their sound, but the heart is there more than ever. On this album they manage to switch suddenly between sections that hit you like a sledgehammer to dreamy breaks with impassioned singing, and it all flows together in a way that just makes sense. Crossingpoint have managed to put together a really 'big' album. The sound is full, the passion is relentless and it's one of the few albums I've ever heard which makes me feel like I'm at a show.

It's an album that's uplifting and passionate, and I can't help but smile and sing a long when I listen to it. "We'll be there every second, every step!"

- Will Edgecumbe