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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Melodic metal lives!

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    The album opens with “Locked & Loaded” which immediately comes out swinging, with a veritable barrage from the drums and a tight and heavy riff from the guitars, but at around the 12 second mark, at a point most will have barely had time to take a breath, the first blistering solo (of many to come!) hits you ((smack!!)) between the ears… this is but a taste of what is yet to come, but as a lead-off, throw-down, I think most would agree, you can tell we’re in for a classy-but-wild ride. As soon as the solo peaks, the verse kicks in and the immediately recognizable, but…wait…harder and meaner vocals of CJ Snare grab your attention. I’m going to get this out of the way right now; if anyone comes to this record expecting a FireHouse clone or similar, then give up now. This is an entirely different beast and not a tame one. FireHouse records have FireHouse music – this is Rubicon Cross. CJ sounds like he is having fun here and the chorus rips, with the whole band in face-melting mode – and be sure to listen out to the bass line from Simon here. Next highlight for me comes when the track clock hits 1 minute 17s, with an absolutely ridiculous guitar run up the neck from Chris – the evidence from the intro solo and this little sample of outrageous fret burning is enough to convince pretty much anyone that Chris Green has thrown the glove down here – the next guitar hero? Hard to argue really… And we haven’t even gotten to the main solo yet, which includes some really beautifully executed melodic arpeggios amongst other fun stuff. Very tasty indeed. Up next is “Next Worse Enemy” which just slaps you in the face when it kicks in to reveal a slightly slower paced track that features some of my favorite lyrics from the album. How’s this for a line or two: “I’ve been a victim of hit and run, serial monogamy. The one I love, my best friend, is my next worst, next worst enemy” – the lyrics overall are all very good and reflect various life experiences, good and bad. I really like the breakdown section of this song, that features the drums and CJ immediately following the solo. The track that follows is “Bleed With Me” which was released as the video for the record a few short weeks back, so a few more of you may be familiar with this. Again, make sure you listen out for the wicked bass line that sits under the verse. The solo in this track is a stunner and leads off with a feedback-induced howl, but the 32 seconds that follow are a showcase of Chris Green signature licks. The most important thing that strikes me after hearing this record many times over is the complete lack of extravagance and while, yes, this is heavy metal record, so you want and expect blistering solos and wild vocal performances, there is none of the smug “hey, look at me” guitar-virtuoso, widdle-widdle, that so many great players can fall into, accidentally or otherwise. In fact I think that is the essence of the success this album undoubtedly is – everything, vocals, guitars, bass and drums are cranked to ‘11’, but not a touch beyond. It’s a perfect storm of performance. Track four takes the pace down, and is perfectly timed to give the listener a chance to re-group and take stock, with the very emotive “Save Me Within” which is a very personal tribute to the passing of Chris’ father, and addresses the mortality that we all have to face at some point through our lives. The lilting mix of 6- and 12-string guitar in the verse provides a very poignant counter-point to the soaring chorus. I’m sure the day this is played live will be a very emotional and powerful experience. Lest anyone gets a little too chilled, “You Will Remember Me” is a slap-in-the-face-with-a-frozen-fish of a wake-up. The intro features a very melodic harmony that permeates the whole record in fact. While there is no doubt we the overall tone is a very modern up-front sound, underlying the whole thing is something that too many modern bands and records seem to have forgotten – melody. While smash-you-in-the-face riffs and vocals surely have impact, you can only try that so many times until it gets painful; the melody here serves to round off those rough edges, such that you want to come back over and over. While this particular song was written some time in the past, CJ’s recent personal life seems to be inextricably entwined with this song, having recent suffered through a divorce (which let me be clear he has mentioned in several recent interviews, lest I be seen as some demonic rumor-monger!). I’m sure there is some added vigor when it comes to this song live as a result! I’m not going to play-by-play dissect the remaining tracks here because I want you all to go out and buy a copy… but “Moving On” mentioned earlier, should be recognized as the first track that Chris and CJ wrote together, which was really the litmus test as to how this whole experience was going to work out (or not…). The result was an immediate discovery that the synergy between the two was exceptional and brought two worlds together – the hard-edged modern energy driven metal, with a heavy dose of melodic “pixie dust”. Track seven, “R U Angry” is another relational couch-session, that again seems to reflect recent life events in the Rubicon Cross camp, but this track has a harder edge. “Shine” is perhaps the closest to the sort of track that some might have been expecting, and is the only song I can say might have made onto a FireHouse record. “Kill Or Be Killed” is a much harder edged track and has CJ in full-metal-jacket mode. This is perhaps the heaviest out-right rocker to be found here. To close we have the much less serious sounding “All The Little Things”. This might be the most immediate sounding track in the record and throws a sort of punky twist to the whole thing, excepting the solo, which is another ripper. So there we have it. The over-arching impression here is that this CD brings a freshness to the table, and addresses something that seems to have been missing from a lot of recent metal – melody. There’s been a lot of power, a lot of edge, and even a resurgence of technique (which seemed to be a bad ingredient for a good while), but Rubicon Cross bring another dimension and that undoubtedly is this mash-up of the best of modern heavy metal, with melody, leaving songs that stick in your head, songs that you want to hear again, the sort of songs you want to hear live, and when you do, you know they are going to crush! My score for the album is a very easy 5 stars and so far is album of the year for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Rock Album In Awhile

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    This album from Rubicon Cross is easily one of the best rock albums to come out in quite some time. From the opening of Locked and Loaded to the end of All The Little Things, Rubicon Cross delivers a nicely paced album. The musicians that make up Rubicon Cross add to what make this CD so great... CJ Snare and Chris Green's friendship is what brought the band together and what a great partnership it has become.... Simon Farney, Robert Behnke and Jeff Lerman-Bones round out the rest of the band. Having attended their only live show to date (many more are to come), not only are they good in the studio, they are great in a live setting too! Do yourself a favor, pick up this CD first and when Rubicon Cross comes to your town, grab a ticket and head down to the show!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing Debut ! Quality, Modern Hard Rock

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    This CD hits you in the face from the first song and doesn't allow you to stop, press pause, or skip a track until the very end. Like a great book, it pulls you along and you just don't want to put it down. Strong melodies, memorable hooks, and unmistakable guitar virtuosity drive every song. You will not regret this purchase and it could easily become part of the soundtrack of your life this year. "Next Worst Enemy, Bleed With Me, R U Angry, " are killer tracks yet, ALL the tracks stand up on their own. Great new band and a super strong debut.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    FRESH NEW METAL!!!

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    Fresh and aggressive new metal from veteran rockers! Can't ask for much more than that! While most new music that comes out sounds the same, Rubicon Cross has a distinctive sound that sets them apart from others...FAR APART!!! Modern with tons of attack and driving beats that are sure to make this the "MUST HAVE" album of 2014. Congrats to CJ, Robert, Simon, Jeff and Chris on a KILLER ALBUM! The bonus acoustic tracks are just icing on the cake. Why haven't you bought this yet???

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Metal for the Masses

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    CJ Snare, Chris Green, Simon Farmery, Robert Behnke, Jeff Lerman-Bones, have found that true honest music is what the masses want. Solid vocals, smokin' guitar work, thunderous Bass lines and quite possibly the loudest drumming on the planet all tie together to form an extraordinary collection of songs that satisfy and leave you wanting more all at the same time. Never disappointing always pleasing. Save Me Within is quite possibly the most soul touching track recored in decades. They look good, sound good, and are a power house of talent.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    AWESOME CD!!! IT ROCKS!!

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    Absolute rockin CD!!! The guys have definately brought the vocals of CJ Snare to a new level!!! Alotta groovin drum tracks...great guitar work...definately a must have!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I like the music and the songs.

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    I like the RUBICON CROSS CD. The songs have good melodies and I can understand the words of each song. I can't wait to see them live and in concert.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome CD!

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    Love Rubicon Cross! Awesome music! Lead singer, CJ Snare has a wonderful voice!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome CD!!

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    These guys put a lot of time and effort into this album! Love the Voice Change for Cj Snare! The Band is really tight, and preform well together!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great sound, thanks for being the exclusive seller

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    Service was great, I will continue to purchase online with Best Buy when I find something I need/want! Thank you.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent album

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    For all Firehouse fans, this album is worth picking up. Good vocals with great music!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A SOLID HARD ROCK CD

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    A GREAT HARD ROCK BAND,WITH GOOD WRITTEN SONGS, LOVE THE 80S STYLE OF MELODIC HARD ROCK.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent

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    It's fantastic to hear CJ Snare again, and in something a little heavier than Firehouse.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Rubicon Cross Rocks

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    C.J. Snare of Firehouse is back with a new band & new sound & has never sounded better. From the opening riffs of "Locked & Loaded" to the bonus acoustic tracks good cd from start to finish. Firehouse fans will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Firehouse...rebooted

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    With former Firehouse front man now leading Rubicon Cross, it sounds like a heavier version of his old band...more straight-forward rock & roll

    I would recommend this to a friend