It's really hard to judge a
new band when all you have is a single with one regular song and a
cover-version. But it's not like we are dealing with newcomers or strangers
because the guys behind the name Crossnail hides the same guys who had a
good thing running in Teodor
Tuff, a very promising Norwegian progressive metal band.
But a change of direction
and approach lead to a name change as well, I guess, and on this single they
have left the progressive parts out and have focused on a strong melody line and
have hired Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) to handle the female voice on the new song. The
cover-version is a fine take on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know", which is
given a harder edge and it actually works.
I, for one, am looking
forward to the full-length album, which is due in May, because this new song
sounds good and hopefully the rest is at least up to par with this song. For
melodic metal fans, fans of Teodor Tuff with a soft spot for melodic metal might
give this one a chance, the hardcore progressive metal fans might be best
advised to steer clear of Crossnail.