Crooked X - Til We Bleed EP
Record Label: McGhee Proffer Media (MPM)/EMI
Release Date: October 7, 2008
Crooked X revive classic metal and add a modern touch to the recipe. Their 3-track EP, Til We Bleed, is as heavy as Avenged Sevenfold in its metal hammers, and as melodically embracing as Shine Down in its power rock wheelies. Their music is everything that metal fans could want. Though the band members are all 14-years old, the complex chord movements of their music takes over 14 years of practice to get right. Crooked X are either incredibly gifted musicians who learn extremely fast, or they had a lot of help with the construction of these tracks. Either way, the disc is flawless with fomenting chords roasted to perfection and drilling beats braiding the tracks with heated-coils.
Produced by their mentor, Spencer Proffer (Quiet Riot, Tina Turner) and Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Poison), Til We Bleed is a metal rock nirvana. The ruffling chords of guitarist Jesse Cooper are meaty, and the brawny thrusts of drummer Boomer Simpson and bassist Josh McDowell are brooding. The melodic blades of lead singer Forrest French compel listeners into the songs web like In “Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream” as he paints an idyllic picture in people’s heads, “I had a rock and roll dream / And I was the star / I went around the world / Playing my guitar / I was livin’ the life / If you know what I mean / ‘Cuz every boy needs / A rock ‘n’ roll dream!” This track along with Crooked X’s songs “Nightmare” and “Adrenaline,” which both will be on the band’s self-titled full length album due out in January 2009, are featured in the hit video game Rock Band. The video game is a perfect outlet for Crooked X’s songs, which are heavy in guitar work and cratered In puncturing rhythmic thrusts. The metal-ridged horns of “Gone” are fierce, and the whisking motions of “Time is Now” create a menacing overcast. The tracks are ideal for metal rock models, and the band’s gala of bucking power rock tusks and ribbons of brute-strength pouncing is next of kin to Saliva.
Crooked X had their beginnings as a garage band In Coweta, Oklahoma. In a short time, they went from performing on the CBS Early Show for a talent competition called “Living Room Live” to opening for KISS in front of 35,000 fans in Stockholm, Sweden. The band’s story is chronicled in a special produced by the band’s managers Spencer Proffer and Doc McGhee, which will air on MTV in October 2008.