The first thing I couldn’t help but notice while listening to Cross Affinity’s ‘Changes’ was the lavish and focused mix. The thing with Prog Metal is, you’ve heard it. You know where it’s taking you. I’ve been waiting for some good progressive metal from within the country since a while and the search sort of did reach a certain amount of completion when I heard these boys. What I’m here to tell you is, if you haven’t checked them out yet, you’re kind of missing out.
Hailing from Bhubaneshwar, Cross Affinity is a six piece band that hits you with intense mood swings instrumentally and hard hitting lyrics. Formed in 2018, the music the band plays around ranges in a spectrum of djent elements and some groovy chops, to a calm ambient. Arko’s vocals are commendable, he really does know where he’s taking you in the extremes.
With their debut single ‘Forge the Fire’ having released earlier this yeah, the band has managed to push their boundaries and drop an angrier, more massive sounding ‘Sonder’ – the intentionally dragged and fading growls, heavy riffs that take you through bands like ‘Monuments’, weighted breakdowns and a mix that fits the ear just right, all recorded at their home studio setup Emerging Productions. The bass line throughout holds you down, sonic intricacies indicating so much more than believed. What I love most about the band is the way they’re seamlessly playing in a nature so dual. ‘Sonder’ lyrically emphasizes on the importance of being heard, about how your story matters and deserves to be heard, irrespective of where you’re coming from. This is a track that uplifts all the aloof, carrying a sound with banger energy and much to ponder over.
Cross Affinity is due to release their album ‘Hiraeth’ in early 2021 and their content impresses you enough to look forward to it. With the way things have turned out for musicians throughout the globe this year, I’m going to go ahead and not stop myself from applauding them for the content they’ve come up with in the given circumstances. They’re innovative in melody and swerving in something we’ve missed.
Author : Vanshika Tewary