The Cross The Cross - Soldiers of the Light (independent) 2003

1. "Soldiers of the Light" (3:36)
2. "The Cross" (5:04)
3. "God's Love Still Stand" (2:12)

After listening to this demo CD for the first time, I had to go back and double check the copyright date on the back. I mean, this disc was released in 2003, but is a total throwback to late '80s/early 90's Christian heavy metal when Saint and Messiah Prophet were ruling the scene. OK, perhaps it's not quite that nostalgic, but certainly the attitude and the lyrical direction is that of the metal missionaries of that time period. The music is straight forward heavy metal with a groove. Unlike many of the more modern 'hard music' bands, The Cross aren't afraid to find a groove and ride it. That is not to say the music is boring. There are plenty of riff changes, breaks, etc. in the songs to keep them interesting. At the same time, however, the repetitiveness within the songs make for a more memorable listen. Vocalist Robert Ronning has a mid range, clean style. Personally I would have liked to have heard a bit more variety and aggression in the vocal, and perhaps a good scream or two, but at the same time he does an admirable job. It's hard to completely judge a band's sound by only three songs, but this band looks promising. Here is hoping for more from them in future.

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