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We All Bleed
     

We All Bleed

by Crossfade
 

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Five years after the disappointing sophomore album Falling Away, Crossfade return on We All Bleed as a somewhat reconstituted outfit. Original members Ed Sloan (vocals, guitar) and Mitch James (bass) are joined by yet another drummer, Mark

Overview

Five years after the disappointing sophomore album Falling Away, Crossfade return on We All Bleed as a somewhat reconstituted outfit. Original members Ed Sloan (vocals, guitar) and Mitch James (bass) are joined by yet another drummer, Mark Castillo, and a new guitarist and keyboard player, Les Hall. This second addition to the lineup is especially important, as Hall gets a sole or co-songwriting credit on every track and adds his keyboard textures throughout, giving the album a fuller sound and more of a leaning toward prog rock and synth rock. Still, the band remains an aggressive hard rock/heavy metal unit in which Sloan wrestles with anger and despair throughout. One possible source of his troubles and of the lengthy absence from the studio is suggested in the heartfelt ballad "Dear Cocaine," which is, yes, addressed to that drug. "Dear cocaine," Sloan feelingly sings, "I'm not your bitch/Dear cocaine, I'm not your whore/Anymore." The "anymore" is significant, of course, and it signals the singer's intent to emerge from his travails, also suggested in such song titles as "Prove You Wrong." By the end, on the lengthy "Make Me a Believer," Sloan is pleading for hope in the future. Of course, to reach even the possibility of that heaven, he has to make his way through hell, and his anguish is expressed in the guitar power chords and pummeling beats that make up much of the music.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
Label:
Eleven Seven Music
UPC:
0846070080029
catalogNumber:
800
Rank:
18173

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Performance Credits

Crossfade   Primary Artist
Brian Conner   Background Vocals
Mark Castillo   Drums,Group Member
Ed Sloan   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Kenn Wagner   Violin
Justin Bruns   Violin
Hall   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Catherine Lynn   Viola
Mitch James   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Daniel Lavfer   Cello
Will Hunt   Drums

Technical Credits

Rick Beato   Engineer
Kii Arens   Artwork
Eddie Horst   String Conductor
Dan Rockett   Engineer
Ken Lanyon   Engineer
Travis Huff   Arranger,Engineer
Ed Sloan   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Paul Pavao   Engineer
Jay Clifford   Composer,Lyricist,String Arrangements
Mikey Canzonetta   Engineer
Hall   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Chuck Wiggins   Guitar Techician
Mitch James   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist

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