Album Review: Crossed - Barely Buried Love (2020)

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Crossed - Barely Buried Love
Release Date: February 14, 2020
Label: Catábasis Records / Mise-En-Scène Records / The Braves Records / Fireflies Fall / Kill Vinyl Records / Tirano Intergaláctico / Violence in the Veins / Zegema Beach Records / Bent Nail Collective / Dingleberry Records
Format: Vinyl / Digital
Length: 25:45
Genre: Dark Hardcore / Screamo
Origin: Madrid, Spain

Madrid's Crossed had their debut with the 2018 EP "Language Dissolution because Everything is in Eternal Void". Two years later, their first long-player "Barely Buried Love" was co-released via ten labels. The records was released on Valentine's Day, 2020. But be aware, that "Barely Buried Love" is not very romantic.


The thirteen tracks are defined by their short runtime. Only the songs 'Swallow' and 'Saudade' are around three minutes long. But Crossed do not need much time to musick their messages. Melancholia, pain, suffering and the absence of love are wrapped up and packed in short but powerful blows. If darkness had a sound, this album would be a perfect example.


Rodrigo, Miguel, Desan and Dani provide us with intelligent, versatile and pitch-black Hardcore and Screamo. The album is defined by clanking but sonorous sounds, harsh breaks and brutal attacks. "Barely Buried Loove" is emotional, honest and yet belligerent. This is sophisticated and soulful music for an intense moshpit. Comparison-wise, Crossed's album can be located somewhere between Hang the Bastard, early Palm Reader and Celeste.

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