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Album Review

Industrial metal meets techno on Synthetic Division, the debut release by the Florida band Crossbreed. The disc doesn't have to play long before comparisons to such forebears of the genre as Marilyn Manson, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails are made. To that end, Crossbreed accomplish their mission of being able to sit comfortably alongside their peers, as Synthetic Division is rife with relentless grinding guitars, furious singing, and thundering bass and drums that knock listeners right on their ass. However, said elements are not what set Crossbreed apart from the rest of the industrial metal pack. Surprisingly, it's the keyboard playing — courtesy of Flip and DJ Izzo — that stands out on Synthetic Division. While this style of music is generally defined and judged by its guitar sound and scorching singing, Synthetic Division is colored by exciting synth lines and sound effects, which spruce up an album that could have easily been generic. Another cool defining characteristic of Synthetic Division is the slick intros — generally keyboard bits with thundering beats and searing guitar licks — featured on each of the songs. Crossbreed have a knack for crafting leads that instantly capture listeners; the body of the tracks then make it worth audiences' while. Several standout moments mark this impressive debut. "Underlined" is a purposeful song that grinds along with a thundering rhythm line and intense vocals, and is nicely accented by electronic bells and whistles. This happens to be the disc's first single release. Good choice. "Breathe," which is more techno-influenced, is a nonstop adrenaline rush (the other tracks are also, but this one is a bit more so), while "Machines" screams (figuratively) of Trent Reznor and provides singer James Rietz' best performance on the disc. His voice on "Machines" is powerful, energetic, and full of dynamics that run the gamut from furious bellowing to eerie talk-singing. Crossbreed's debut release is a solid piece of work that poises them for success in the hard rock arena. And there's nothing synthetic about that.

Customer Reviews

Metal meets Techno

If your a fan of industral or techno music I'd say you'd fall in love with this cd. I heard these guys about two years ago and this cd is still in my car. It's a nice blend of metal and techno music, with the two DJs (flip and izzo) really pushing the cd out there. On songs like Breathe and Seasons you can hear what I'm talking about. They came out with a new EP late last year with just their singer and g-tar player remaining they still sound really good and also put on a great live show so check them out nad buy this ablum.

Jesus would love this album-no doubt!

This colaboration of metal and electronics is pure genius! Simple yet complex at times.You can feel each instrument without a million things going on at once.This is the best the band has offered.Catchy riffs and lyrics one can sing along to.This will always be a fave of mine.The new stuff is good but at times is too hectic and pointless screaming.Not as catchy.But as long as they keep doing the what the doing its all good.Dont drop the stage show.My faves here are Severed,Pure Energy,Stem&Painted Red.

"Synthetic Division" the name says it all!

The name says it all! "Synthetic Division", haunting synth melodies coupled with heavy metal, make this album a true gem! So turn on the blacklights and break-out the glow sticks cause CROSSBREED ROCKS!!!!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Streaming a disquieting fusion of industrial techno and alternative metal, Crossbreed delivers single sound amalgamations distinct by crude and blistering features. The band's first performances go back to 1996, but it was only three years later that they managed to stabilize their lineup. James Rietz (vocals), Chris Nemzek (guitar), Charlie Parker (bass), Travis Simpkins (drums), and keyboards masters Flip and DJ Izzo assured this Florida team set by 1999. Combusting the attendance at most of their...
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Synthetic Division, Crossbreed
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: May 08, 2001
  • Parental Advisory

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