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Hot Cross/Light the Fuse and Run
Split EP
Level Plane Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Actually a tandem release between Level Plane Records and The Electric Human Project, this split EP scoops a quick double dip of both band and offers the listener an intentionally tantalizing and ultimately unsatisfying sundae.

The creamy soft-serve of Hot Cross - who are quick to impress with their technical merit - features Level Plane label manager Greg Drudy on drums and former members of such bands as Saetia, Off Minor, and You and I - bands who all happen to have releases available on the label, whose notoriety has been skyrocketing as of late. The band plays accomplished hardcore music with slick dynamic changes, charging drums, nimble bass lines, remarkably intelligible vocals - especially when compared to other bands in the genre, and an independent duel guitar attack out front.

Light the Fuse and Run provide a denser barrage with "Ghost Town". Revealing the inspiration for their namesake, the track slams and chunks its way through its punk leaning hardcore with a "yeah!" shout-along anthem for backup vocals. Surprisingly, their last offering is a concise two-minute instrumental with a droning melody and acoustic guitars that manage to provide an oddly appropriate close to the recording.

An all too brief introduction to both these bands, this 4-song, 10-minute EP hints at good things to come from both bands - Hot Cross's second track "In Memory of Morven" also appears on their newly released LP, Cryonics, while Light the Fuse and Run are now featured on another split EP with Level Plane's Transistor Transistor. Short, but with enough substance to merit its existence, this split EP is an easy resource for gauging your interest in either of this bands with a nominal investment of time or cash.

Reviewed by Mark Skipper
Mark Skipper currently resides in Nashville, TN where he can be found skipping shows, drinking Guinness, making bad home recordings, and complaining about how much music sucks these days.

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