(1986) October File

Die Kreuzen

... read moreOctober File revealed a rapidly maturing Die Kreuzen, as their hyperactive hardcore had begun to cool into something moody and mysterious. Their name references crosses, and it's more than appropriate considering the way they allowed squalling heavy metal to cross over into their sound...

38′:11″ 14 Songs

1
Die Kreuzen
Man In The Trees
3:41
2
Die Kreuzen
Uncontrolled Passion
1:00
3
Die Kreuzen
It's Been So Long
3:15
4
Die Kreuzen
Imagine A Light
2:25
5
Die Kreuzen
Cool Breeze
3:22
6
Die Kreuzen
Counting Cracks
4:07
7
Die Kreuzen
Red To Green
2:39
8
Die Kreuzen
Among The Ruins
4:17
9
Die Kreuzen
Hear And Feel
1:30
10
Die Kreuzen
Hide And Seek
2:31
11
Die Kreuzen
Conditioned
1:06
12
Die Kreuzen
There's A Place
3:13
13
Die Kreuzen
Open Lines
2:18
14
Die Kreuzen
Melt
2:47
Released 01 January 1986, 1986 Touch and Go Records

Review

October File revealed a rapidly maturing Die Kreuzen, as their hyperactive hardcore had begun to cool into something moody and mysterious. Their name references crosses, and it's more than appropriate considering the way they allowed squalling heavy metal to cross over into their sound, inadvertently setting the stage for grunge acts like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains years later. While it would be a stretch to call October File goth, it's true that dark, mesmerizing songs like "Among the Ruins" and "Imagine a Light" wallow in an atmosphere of rural Midwestern gloom and angst, personified by singer Dan Kubinski's tortured wail. ~ Tom Forget