Earlier this month up-and-coming hard rock act Crossing Rubicon released its debut full-length studio recording No Less Than Everything. The Connecticut-based band’s twelve-song, fifty-five minute record boasts a fitting title. That is because it is everything that makes rock great today. Over the course of its near hour-long run time the album mixes elements of classic 80s hard rock (versus 80s hair metal) with more modern hard rock elements for a record that is set to make Crossing Rubicon potentially one of the next big names in the mainstream rock realm.
Crossing Rubicon is set to potentially become one of the next big names in the mainstream rock realm today. Of course that is given it receives the right support from audiences and rock radio programmers across the country. The album’s lead single ‘Unhinged’ is one example of what makes this album worth the support. It is exemplified through both the song’s musical arrangement and its lyrical content. The song’s musical arrangement clearly displays the band’s mix of 80s hard rock influences thanks to guitarists Zach Lambert and Jesse Near. What’s really interesting about the duo’s approach to the song is that its mix of classic and modern hard rock is nearly seamless in its approach. Rather the duo blurs the line between the two elements for a sound that will entertain fans of both worlds. Even the chorus has that vibe of classic hard rock chorus chants as the band sings, “I become unhinged/I break away from these chains/Like a tiger from his cage now/I’ve become unhinged/Let the demons come over/I’ve lost all control now.” Lambert and Near’s dual guitar approach adds even more to that vibe. The song’s lyrical content adds even more impact as front man Scott Anarchy sings, “I can’t find/The means to find a whisper/To the voices all control over me/You realize/There’s no turning back now/Your oppression’s brought Pandora’s release.” Later in the song Anarchy and company ask, “Am I the monster you created before turning and noting that “I am the monster you created.” The message being delivered is obvious especially thanks to the message that precedes the song in which Anarchy notes the power of music in life. The message is one of a person having been pushed to the edge and become unhinged. That is because said person had no outlet to prevent the drastic actions. The message is in itself a powerful statement. The song’s musical arrangement makes it even harder hitting. That is because of the power in the arrangement. Both elements together make this song a clear example of why Crossing Rubicon’s debut album deserves support from listeners and radio programmers alike. Audiences can hear the song for themselves online now via the band’s official website at http://www.crossingrubiconband.com. It is just one example of what makes the album worth the chance, too. ‘Who’s Gonna Save You’ is another example of what makes Rubicon Cross’ debut album worth the chance.
‘Unhinged’ is a clear example in its own right as to why No Less Than Everything deserves a chance both by radio programmers and audiences in general. The mix of the song’s musical arrangement and its thought-inspiring lyrical content proves this. It’s just one example of what makes this record worth hearing at least once. ‘Who’s Gonna Save You’ is another example of what makes this record worth hearing. Whereas ‘Unhinged’ mixes the band’s older and more modern influences the latter is more of a directly modern composition. That is made clear through Lambert and Near’s slower and heavier crunching guitar lines. Drummer Brandi Hood’s adds to that sound thanks to her pummeling, consistent time keeping. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as the song’s musical arrangement. Anarchy really gets listeners thinking here as he sings from a first-person perspective of someone that has some real disgust for a certain unnamed party. He sings, “You came here to let it go/I am your life’s abomination/You insult me/Who do you think you are/You regret me/This is all your fault.” He and his band mates go on to sing in the song’s chorus, “I am/the face you can’t forget/I am/Your false messiah/Turn off the light/Salvation’s not far away/I am/The beast inside your heart/I am/The last temptation/Who’s gonna save you/Who’s gonna save you now.” It is a rather sharp statement. And considering the line in which he and his band mates state, “I am the beast inside your heart” one can only wonder if the figure that is speaking is not physical but perhaps mental. Perhaps this is a person struggling with himself or herself. That being the case the song’s lyrical content becomes even harder hitting and thought-provoking. That content coupled with the song’s musical content makes the song in whole one more example of the album’s depth, which in turn makes the album in whole worth hearing at least once. It is still not the only remaining example of what makes No Less Than Everything worth hearing. ‘Bittersweet’ is one more example of what makes this record worth hearing.
‘Unhinged’ and ‘Who’s Gonna Save You’ are both clear examples of what makes Crossing Rubicon’s debut album a good start for the band and worth hearing at least once. They are hardly the only songs worth noting in regards to noting the album’s strengths, though. ‘Bittersweet Day’ is yet another example of what makes the album a good start for the band. Whereas ‘Unhinged’ displays the band’s classic and modern hard rock influences and ‘Who’s Gonna Save You’ stays more on the modern rock side, ‘Bittersweet Day’ tends to stay more on the side of classic hard rock. The band wastes no time with this song. It launches right into the composition with Lambert and Near once again leading the way alongside Anarchy. [Brandi] Hood and bassist Jeanne Sagan establish the song’s foundation with a solid driving tempo and harmony respectively. In regards to the song’s lyrical content the song’s chorus seems to speak the loudest. Anarchy and company sing in the song’s chorus, “It’s alright/I’m okay/I’m not tryin’ to make it better/It’s a long road I must take/To end this bittersweet day.” The bittersweet day in question is illustrated by so much negativity surrounding the song’s main subject. Said subject seems to come across as saying that he/she knows the road isn’t easy but it is one that must be taken rather than avoided. How many people out there would rather avoid those difficult proverbial roads than face them and deal with all of the negativity in life? That seems to be what Anarchy and company are discussing here. Their subject knows that the easy way isn’t the way. That is of course just this critic’s own interpretation of these lyrics. They could, as always, be completely off. Hopefully they aren’t. Regardless, that Anarchy and company could craft such a deep lyrical song shows yet again the album’s overall depth in regards to its lyrical content. The song’s musical content partners with that lyrical content to make for one more solid addition to Crossing Rubicon’s debut full-length effort and why this album in whole is worth hearing at least once by any rock purist audience or otherwise. If course it still is not the last remaining example of what makes this album worth hearing. Any of the nine remaining songs not noted here could just as easily be cited in that argument. Keeping that in mind, the album in whole proves to be a solid first full effort from Crossing Rubicon and one that any rock purist should hear at least once.
Crossing Rubicon’s debut album No Less Than Everything is a record that every rock purist should hear at least once. This includes both general audiences and mainstream rock radio programmers. The reason being that the band has presented a dozen tracks in this record that seamlessly mix the band’s classic hard rock influences and its modern hard rock influences. The album’s overall lyrical content makes the album just as interesting as each song’s lyrical theme is sure to leave listeners talking long after the record has ended. The combination of both elements together make No Less Than Everything no less than everything that rock purists should hope for in a rock record. It is available now in stores and online. More information on No Less Than Everything is available along with more information on the band, its tour dates, news and more at:
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