CROSSECTION

Country Canada

Styel CCM AOR
PhotobucketCROSSECTION is a reli-rock band from Canada that released two albums in a short period of time and then disappeared. A shame, because the band was pretty good and is sometimes even up there with bands like IDLE CURE or WHITE HEART. The two self-produced albums of the band contained some high quality AOR every now and then.Their debut ‘Before the dawn’ was released in 1989 on the famous reli-rock label Image 7 Records (CONNIE SCOTT, SILOAM). Right from the start, it is clear that we have to deal here with a very professional sounding 80s AOR Band. ‘Before the dawn’ opens with the song “Stephanie”, a classic AOR/Radiorocker in the style of PREVIEW and SURVIVOR mixed with a bit STAN BUSH/PHIL CHRISTIAN.

What a start for a CD! Lots of great keys can be heard in the next track “Things aren’t the same” which is also great 80s AOR. Third track “How long” has some lovely harmonyvocals and is like the opening song a classic AOR/Radiorocker like PREVIEW/SURVIVOR.Then we can hear a bit average poppy AOR in the track “Heartbreak city”. This song is followed by a wonderful 80s hookladen AOR song titled “Shadow land”. Things slow a bit down in the calmer AOR song “What about forever”. “Battle for the minds” is nice AOR/Melodic rock. Then we can hear a great AOR Ballad titled “Cover feelings”. Next track “Love is who you are” moves into a popier direction and is more sounding like a soft pop ballad like ERIC CARMEN and JOHN PARR.”Break the chains” is an instrumental pure AOR song with a terrific combination of keyboard and guitar. Closing track “If the son sets you free” is a bit average rocker. But concluded, the debut CD of CROSSECTION contains some classic AOR that reminds me of a mixture between TRADIA, SAFIRE and SURVIVOR. But there are also some poppier elementes, although most of the time it is AOR all the way!
The flow from one song to the next is kinda Exellen and the song that have some life to it was “High & Dry”And Touch The Sky Among Others OF This album ranks as my all time favorite. I have great albums from Petra, D&K, Stryper, Daniel Band, Michael W Smith and so on, but this one ranks on one of the greatest Oar Rock of this Style,Why? Because as one other said, its honest music. The sound is raw, and the lyrics cutting. Where you go and Against the grain prove to be the ultimate challenge. Their first album ranks well up on my personal chart as well. These albums are well worth the listen for the true christian. When I purchased the first album, I was sceptical about a band I had no knowledge about, but was floored by how good and pure the music was. So when this album was released, I had it the same day and it still ranks as one of my favorite albums of all genres and styles. The music is pure and edgy. The lyrics are honest and thought provoking. No holds barred it seems. I believe they are (or were since I have heard nothing since the third album by Doug) the best I had heard. We need more like this.

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– What About Forever [1987]
– Before the Dawn [1989]
– Breaking Down [1990]

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