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GLOOM is the 4th full-length LP from Crossover, and their first with new member TLG, and holy fuck did they come back strong. I wouldn’t say that by any means this is their darkest effort, but this is the band’s most lush and impressive record yet, and this is in sight of 3 other incredible albums.
Up until this release, my favorite was Cryptic And Dire Sallow Faced Hoods Blast Off Into Oblivion which to me stands as a monolith of perfectly devised beats, and songs that made me feel like I was nowhere near bottoming out, revealing a new bottomless pit below with every song. Though, each album exists in its own world, and is special in its own way, each has been a necessary release to own.
GLOOM is a battering ram of a record, with huge force and intensity driving songs that range from dance-floor slammers, to tracks that you can throw on to enhance your own pit of despair. Their dark ambient moments explore new sonic territory, but are still recognizable as signature Crossover, with even more intricate production than I’ve heard on any of their past releases. There’s a subtle neo-folk influence to the vocal delivery, which complements the stories of this record, giving them a knowing and chilling tone.
Crossover has been creating this sound long before the term Witchhouse existed, and before goth became a cool word to use again. They are innovators of the modern sound that has gone through many transitions to end up earning many of the bands they have influenced a lot of popularity. This record is one of the most accessible and exciting records in their catalog, and couldn’t have arrived at a more perfect time.
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