Crux is a duo from Delaware consisting of Nathan Koski-Vacirca and Duncan Covell. Both members have barely gotten out of high school but are already showing some potential on their effort entitled Tide.
Tide by Crux is an album that combines many different style. The band combines elements of genres like post-rock, ambient, metal, hard rock and more.
In regards to the production and sound quality the songs are oddly consistent. That's not particularly something you want for an album. Take for instance the tonal and aesthetic differences between "waterfall"and "Ebb & Flow". I don't think there's anyway you can argue that "waterfall" is the superior sounding song when it comes production and recording quality.
Aside from the production the albums does have some success in terms of songwriting. I'd argue that "waterfall" is also the highlight of the batch. The band displays some versatility but more importantly seamlessly blend genres. The song slowly builds and sounds good doing it. I also enjoyed the shredding solo towards the end.
"Black Box" is a little more straightforward. The song is heavy. Unfortunately the vocals are so buried it's hard to make out much of what is being said. "The Ocean Floor" is even more straightforward. This is metal that never really even attempts to meld other genres like "waterfall".
For as young as they are they display some talent. That being said the duo have a good amount of work to do if they want to compete with some of the more notable musicians around today, Luckily, they have a more than enough time to do some tweaking. I’m sure we will be hearing more from them in the not too distant future.
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