With a bit of imagination, it looks like an early post-apocalyptic wasteland: eerie, damp and bleak. Birds seek shelter in the few remaining trees. I can see them when I sip my coffee and smoke my cigarette and I pity them. Yet, in a way I feel them looking at me and pitying me because to them, I am one of those creatures who are so exceptionally intelligent that they are ruining their own environment. Those birds and those trees will be here long after we have gone, that's for sure.
I'm inside, trying to review and album that fits perfectly with this dreadful day. The band hails from Phoenix, Arizona, which lies somewhere in that massive country we call America. The band members seem to have had some experience in the world of extreme metal but decided to try something different. "Are they simply running along with today's shoegaze craze or is this something genuine", I wonder. Whatever their intentions are, I allow myself to float along with these sounds.
I hear flashes of The Jesus And Mary Chain, perhaps even a bit of My Bloody Valentine. I read the song titles, 'I', 'II', 'III' to 'XVI'. Some of them are short, droning breathers, others are overwhelming landscapes of blissful shoegaze. I feel the extreme metal and hardcore background, secretly appearing in the immersive riffs. Sometimes headbanging could be possible, but I prefer to gently nod my head, facing the floor.
There are some vocals, hidden away in the background, calmy opening the darkest corners of his soul. I decide to 'pump up the volume', so to speak, and before I realize it, I'm losing myself in the thick bleakness of True Cross' riffs and melodies. At times, they come up with stunning post-rock passages and gentle melodies. On other occasions they are harsh, piercing and intense. The alternation between the two is perfect, certainly for a wretched day like today.
After a bit over an hour, the album ends. The 'endless repeat' button on my Winamp media player decides otherwise and I am very ok with that. I really like this album, like I said, it first perfectly with a day like today. Yet, there might be a possibility that it goes right into our daily playlist, along with the bands I mentioned and along with acts like Nadja, Spoiwo, Slowdive... The rain comes down harder and the volume goes up again. To hell with this day, I'm shoegazing...