Cross The Lips Of Grace

Cross The Lips Of Grace

Cross The Lips Of Grace


Reviewed By Justin Donnelly
Published 18/03/2007

Let's hope this act delivers when it really counts

When any genre explodes, there's bound to be a whole new generation of younger musicians that are clearly influenced by the scene's latest trend. And sure enough, with metallic hardcore growing within the scene with each successive year, we're still seeing acts emerge with another variation of the same sound. The latest act to be born of the metallic hardcore movement is young five-piece southern Brisbane based act Cross The Lips Of Grace. Coming together in only the last couple of years, Cross The Lips Of Grace (Who currently consist of vocalist Chris, guitarists Ashes and Marshy, bassist Zimi and drummer Jake Beazley) have managed to get their name out to masses by playing alongside acts such as Carpathian, Parkway Drive, I Killed The Prom Queen, Against, Wish For Wings, The Daylight Curse and The Amity Affliction, not to mention sharpen up their skills in front of live audiences prior to entering the studio for their debut self-titled demo E.P.

Comprising of three tracks, Cross The Lips Of Grace's debut isn't what you would call a grand departure from what most are delivering within the metalcore scene at the moment, with the opening track A Flame Born Within Darkness featuring almost every conceivable cliché associated with the genre thrown into the three minute number (Which includes the obligatory breakdowns, the horror based lyrical content, the overly repetitive riff structures and the lack of variation in the growled vocal approach). The follow up track On Our Second Date I Picked Her Up In A Hearse doesn't stray from the path set down by the opener (Apart from the fact that it runs for a massive six minutes without so much any variation to speak of), while the final track Take Me To The Promised Land Of You could easily be interchangeable with the opener, except for the different titles.

Given the young age of the group, and the fact that this is nothing more than a stop gap demo release in the lead up to their upcoming full length album, it's would be unfair to say that Cross The Lips Of Grace don't have some good points hidden somewhere, whatever they might happen to be. But having said that, I can only hope that those good points manage to surface well before they hit the studio later in the year.

(Skull And Bones Records/Modern Music/Sony/B.M.G. Music Australia)

Cross The Lips Of Grace

Reviewed By Justin Donnelly
Published 18/03/2007