Crossover the Edge: Where Hardcore, Punk And Metal Collide: Book by Alexandros Anesiadis

Crossover The Edge contains in-depth features on over a hundred key bands from the scene’s 1980s heyday including Agnostic Front, Cro Mags, D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity, Suicidal Tendencies, Dayglo Abortions, Discharge, Broken Bones, and another five hundred bands are also featured however briefly. Pulling together bands from diverse subcultural backgrounds (including the Skinhead, Oi and Anarcho scenes) to create a unique fusion whose appeal reached out to a large proportion of each of their fans, the movement was nevertheless overlooked by purists from each side, its specific mix sometimes balancing uncomfortably between those tribes. Alexandros Anesiadis was born in 1981 in Greece., and is currently living in Luton whilst on his final year of PhD in Media and Arts.

This lengthy, but the interesting book is well over 500 pages, has a ton of pis and is a very good read. Anesiadis is a definite fan and his writing shows that with the enthusiasm that he brings to the topic. He gets into a ton of bands that are both known and virtually unknown except for a few, but now they can get a moment in the spotlight because of this book. When I was younger and this style was happening, people hated metal if they were punks, and metal fans hated punks…that really didn’t seem to change much even with this style of music gaining fans. I liked some punk, some thrash metal and crossover…matter of fact, I got my mother to pick me up Suicidal Tendencies first, and best album, for me when she was visiting my aunt in Texas. She told me that when she went to the store to ask about it, she got some weird looks and didn’t know why…lol. The book has interviews with band members and they also throw in some interesting memories of things that happened during their careers that often times are funny, but always cool to read about. The amount of research that went into this is astounding, with all the flyers and in-depth information that he has dug up. There is a bit of looking back and coming down on some bands that had some un-PC lyrics back then, but with a different time, and different attitudes back then, it’s easy to say that they have awful lyrics and be a bit above it all now which I got that feeling while reading some of the inclusions. One thing that would have made me happy, would be album covers of the bands since there is talk of how good they were and the art on the covers. I also found that some bands mentioned by Anesiadis were as admitted by him, more metal than crossover, strange and weird, and a lot of crust and anarcho bands that were not really crossover.

If you are a fan of this style of music or have listened to any of the hundreds of bands mentioned in this book, you need to get this. While having a few minor flaws, this is still an amazing book that I had a hard time putting down and after being into punk and reading zines since the early 80s, I was astounded with how much I learned from this and now I have way too many albums to look for because of him.

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THE DAMN DIRTY APES: The Apes Of Wrath: CD

THE DAMN DIRTY APES emerged in the winter of 2009-10 and have released their debut thirteen track album on Fleetwood, PA’s Overdose On Records. The band consists of Andy Clark on guitar, Erik Wellen on drums, Jody on vocals, and Stacy Feit on bass.

“NO!” starts the festivities with a kick to the groin with the shouted chorus, the hammering drum beats the pummeling bass and the powerful riffing, “Who Cares” has a great fat bass line, a great chorus and gallops along at a quick pace making your head bob and would be a killer song in the pit, and “Detached” is another blistering hardcore song with stop / starts, gruff vocals and juicy bass. Melding hooks and intensity, you will be thrashing and banging your head throughout the album and laughing and singing along with the choruses. Their mix of thrash metal, crossover, and hardcore will get you up and moshing around your house like a mad man. The other songs that I got into were, “Dead Engine”, “The Trout”, “Set Fires”, “Fluffer”, and “Blades Of Swords”.

If you’re looking for a band that will play hard and heavy, has hooks galore and swearing, this is your band…mine too! These DAMN DIRTY APES would piss off Charlton Heston every bit as much as the ones in those old monkey movies, maybe even more so…good on you APES!

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BORN FROM PAIN: The New Future: LP

BORN FROM PAIN was founded in the early summer of ’97, as one of the early European bands to play a crossover/metalcore brand of heavy music. After a ton of people who have come and gone from the band, they put out their new album The New Future is making a statement to fight, force and unite against what tries to kill us.

Things kick off with the great track “Change Or Die” with the charging drums, the great breakdowns and guitar playing, the thumping bass and the gruff vocals that had great gang vocals added to the song, it would fit perfectly into a mix of older thrash bands like ANTRAX and SLAYER. Track two “Never Walk Alone” continues the awesomeness with more heavy playing and the gang vocals are still there. “Reap The Storm” has great guitar playing, heavy, melodic and just a crushing track. “American Treason” basically ends the album for those of you who want the hard and heavy stuff with a bang, because the next bunch of songs are like a completely different band took over. “Kampfbereitis full of synthesizers and is a techno/industrial song, “Heartbeat” has a lot less of the techno/industrial feel and is closer to more straight ahead music like the beginning of the album. The title song keeps the feel of the earlier songs going with a touch of MINISTRY because of the added synthesizers, “The Dominos Fall” is an instrumental song with samples in place of vocals, great heavy guitar, pummeling drums, banging bass and synthesizers bringing me back to the old Wax Trax days of industrial music. The last two songs are remixes of “Heartbeat” done more industrial.

If you are a fan of crossover/metalcore, the first half of the album is perfect for you, if you like industrial metal, the second half is for you, luckily, I like both so it was an interesting mixture of styles that I really liked, but I can see how this will not be an album that will please everyone. If you are open-minded, check it out, it kicks ass.

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ADRENECHROME: Hideous Appetites: CD

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This independent band from Orillia, Ontario Canada put out this seven song EP of thrash, heavy metal, and crossover with some progressive and technical metal all mashed together. You would think that with all of those styles, that this would be a mess, thankfully they do one hell of a job in pulling it off.

The first song “Titan’s Fall” fits those styles together perfectly and it’s one great start to an album of more depth than you would typically hear from bands playing this kind of music. There is the technical and heavy guitar playing mixed with a bit of prog, bass hammering away, drumming that is fast and bouncy as well as heavy, and the gang vocals mixed with vocalist and guitar player Chris Friesen are great. As a Canadian transplant, I really liked the take off on the Canadian national anthem with the lyric, “We stand on guard, but not for thee”, classic! Tim Kehoe on guitar and Friesen really take the guitar playing seriously and show their technical skills and they do a fantastic job mixing melodic elements into their sound as well which made the well written songs stay stuck in your head after the album ended. The heavy bass throughout the album gives the band’s music a nice groove, something that thrash bands usually don’t do at all. “Winds Of The Void” shows of the proficiency and prog influences really well, it was a slower song with a lot of ambience added to the song, but still heavy, then you get “Locust Wings” which continues the heavy music mixed with even more prog influences.

This is an album that was more than just a thrash metal album, with the skill that ADRENECHROME have and the ability to blend genres together, this is an album that will please different types of metal fans and should be in your collection. For a band that’s been around only since 2010, these guys are the real deal.

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