WELCOME TO THE CROSSROADS
Released on February 12, 2012 (Verycords)
01. Down At The Crossroads
02. Better Off Dead
03. Party’s Over
04. Now A Word From Our Sponsers
05. TV’s Just A Medium
06. Lost For Words
07. Sydney In The Summertime
09. Money Talks, It Says Goodbye
10. Let’s Go Crazy
11. Hold On
12. Take It Like A Man
Lex Koritni – vocals and slide guitar
Eddy Santacreu – guitar
Luke Cuerden – guitar
Dean Matt Hunter – bass
Chris Brown – drums
Jeff Scott Soto – lead/backing vocals (1)
Jeff Waters – guitar (5)
Leigh Malone – backing vocals
Justynn Harcourt – backing vocals
Jinks – backing vocals
Rusty Brown – backing vocals
Simon Kearns – backing vocals
Produced by Lex Koritni.
Co-produced by Eddy Santacreu.
Mixed by Mike Fraser, Dean Maher and Daniel Leffler.
While Australian hard rock begins and ends with AC/DC and Airbourne (in a commercial sense), fellow country-mates Koritni have quietly been slugging it out since 2006 with little fanfare. The lack of recognition being given to Koritni simply confirms my suspicions that it takes more than raw talent to make it in the music business.
From the opening slide guitar licks of “Down At The Crossroads”, I knew I was in for a hell of a ride — with the help of Jeff Scott Soto the song is a bluesy cut that tells the story of someone selling their soul to the devil and slowly builds speed until erupting during the chorus. The following track, “Better Off Dead”, is an full-throttle look at social media, proclaiming “Just grab some random photos, make up a name/And you’re ready to pass judgment on people/And anonymously fuck with their lives”. I’m not a huge ballad fan, but “Lost For Words” works in the same way Tyketto‘s “Seasons” does, bridging the gap between mellow and mid-tempo. The excellently titled “Money Talks, It Says Goodbye” (how true is that?) is a straight-forward rocker that contains some of the album’s best guitar work, while “Take It Like A Man” closes the disc with a standard lesson in hard rock.
For me, the stand out track on Welcome To The Crossroads is “Sydney In The Summertime”, a catchy as hell stomper that pays homage to the band’s hometown. With a mix provided by famed knob-twister Mike Fraser (Guns N’ Roses), the song contains a huge and infectious chorus. Too bad it didn’t come out a decade earlier, as it could have been the theme song for the 2000 Sydney hosted Summer Olympics — if this number couldn’t get an athlete’s adrenaline pumping nothing would.
With an equal mix of AC/DC and The Answer, Koritni have once again proved to be one of the most consistent and entertaining groups in the current hard rock scene — and it’s about time the rest of the world woke up and gave these Aussies a little respect. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more satisfying release this year than Welcome To The Crossroads, as Koritni have once again hit a homerun — or in rugby terms, a try.
Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, June 2012