Facebook [Release date 22.04.22]
The Crux were founded in 2009 by heavy metal loving brothers James Boyd & Neil Ward. Having released a self-titled EP in 2009 under the name Warcrux, they played multiple shows in Northern Ireland & Ireland and in 2017 chamged the band’s name to The Crux. They their first full length album, ‘Immersed Somewhere Divine’, was released in 2018. Despite gaining momentum following the success of the album launch, gigging was soon put on hold due to the covid 19 pandemic. However, the enforced break from the live action has given The Crux more time to focus on writing more new material which leads us to this new EP.
It is a four song beast, with ‘Being’ released as the lead single/song off the EP. It is the most accessible song and the only one not to feature growling vocals that are key part of the rest of the songs. ‘Cornered’ recalls Anthrax with an intense guitar and rhythm. The guitar solo shreds too.
‘Your Misery Will Kill Us All’ uses plenty of growling vocals, something which have grown on this reviewer with age. Who says you mellow with age?! The title track has a doomy, Sabbath feel to it, giving the Crux another sling to their musical bow so to speak.
Melodic, yet containing plenty of modern metal, the Crux are a name to keep your ears and eyes on in the coming months and years. Classy, catchy modern metal. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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