Rubicon Cross

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Hailing from Chicago, hard rock outfit RUBICON CROSS features award-winning vocalist C J Snare and guitar virtuoso Chris Green as primary songwriters. The melodic foundation of the songwriting is given a forceful, aggressive boost throughout this impressive debut.

CJ Snare – Vocals.
Chris Green – Lead Guitar
Simon Farmery – Bass
Robert Behnke – Drums
Jeff Lerman – 2nd Guitar.

The advent of the band RUBICON CROSS is rooted in the connection formed between two prolific musicians facing adverse conditions together.  The friendship between vocalist CJ Snare and guitarist Chris Green is as solid as the bond that they share as songwriting collaborators and that bond is the creative nucleus for this recording.

 The two first met backstage while sharing the same stage at a rock festival in Madrid. From relationship break-ups to standing next to each other as best men at each other’s weddings, they have traveled the bumpy road of life as best friends. CJ is godfather to Chris’ toddler son and for over a decade they have experienced heartaches, hangovers and even transcontinental relocations together.  With this kind of solidarity, it was inevitable that they would become bandmates.

For the last two decades, both CJ and Chris have been making a bountiful living practicing their craft. Their career achievements would be the envy of any professional musician:  Award winning vocalist, CJ Snare, a native of Tampa, Florida is a founding member, primary songwriter and lead vocalist for the supremely successful, multi-Platinum-selling hard rock outfit, Firehouse.  Highly respected London-born guitar virtuoso Chris Green is a founding member of both internationally known metal bands Pride and Furyon.

What initially began as a solo project for CJ soon became a collaborative effort between two like-minded craftsmen. And, as all creative people will attest, the creative process often dictates policy–as opposed to the other way around.  Immediately upon the completion of the first song they wrote together, “Moving On,” they knew that it was going to be something completely new and different for them both.

Some projects just have to be made.  And for this one, they knew that they would need to do it outside of their other pursuits.

Together they formed RUBICON CROSS.  With the addition of Pride/Furyon bassist Simon Farmery (who co-wrote, “Save Me Within”), Seventh Omen drummer Robert Behnke, and second guitarist Jeff Lerman, RUBICON CROSS became a band of brothers, willing to tackle the music, the road, and bring life to these songs of fight, commitment and connection.

The lush melodic core of the songwriting is given a forceful, aggressive boost on this record.  From the first single, “Bleed With Me” that starts just as propulsive as it ends to “Kill Or Be Killed” that has a relentless metal drive, RUBICON CROSS is a collection of contemporary heavy music that sits just as comfortably next to hard rock classics as it does modern rock upstarts.  The opening track “Locked and Loaded” is featured on the Xbox360 and PS3 game “Dirt Showdown” along side of new rock heavy-hitters Rise Against, Rival Sons and The Parlor Mob.

With all of the life experience, career accomplishments and expert musicianship between them, it was a “no-brainer” for Universal distributed label, INgrooves, to sign them upon hearing the finished tracks on this remarkable debut offering.

All songs written by C J Snare and Chris Green except “Save Me Within” written by CJ Snare, Chris Green and Simon Farmery.  The album was mixed and mastered by platinum-selling, award-winning producer/engineer Rick Beato.

What the critics have said about RUBICON CROSS:

…just mind blowing…” – Rock Over America

 “Just brilliant stuff..The sound is modernized and aggressively edged. 4.5 out of 5 stars” — Rock Eyez

“the contemporary melodic hard rock world as we know it is about to be shaken to its very core.”–  It Still Looks Fake

“Hitting play on any Rubicon Cross song is the aural equivalent of dropping the clutch on a ‘65 Shelby Mustang…There’s no way you won’t end up with an ear to ear grin that just makes you want to do it again and again and again – NoVAMetalReview

RUBICON CROSS TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL LENGTH SELF-TITLED RECORD ON INgrooves RECORDS ON MAY 19TH

FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO “BLEED WITH ME” TO DROP ON APRIL 8

Rubicon Cross, featuring award winning vocalist C J Snare (from multi-Platinum selling, world renowned band, Firehouse) and guitar virtuoso Chris Green (of Pride/Furyon) will release its debut, self-titled, full-length record on May 19, 2014, on INgrooves.

Now hailing from Chicago, C J Snare and Chris Green first met while on tour in Europe when they shared the stage at a rock festival in Madrid. A close friendship was forged through sharing a decade of life experience that would ultimately serve as the creative nucleus for this project.

It was clear from their very first collaboration that the songs they were writing needed to be released separately from their other pursuits. Together they formed RUBICON CROSS. With the addition ofPride/Furyon bassist Simon Farmery (who co-wrote, “Save Me Within”), Seventh Omen drummer Robert Behnke, and second guitarist Jeff Lerman, RUBICON CROSS became a band of brothers, willing to tackle the music, the road, and bring life to these songs of fight, commitment, and connection.

The lush melodic core of the songwriting is given a forceful, aggressive boost on this record. From the first single, “Bleed With Me” that starts just as propulsive as it ends to “Kill Or Be Killed” that has a relentless metal drive, RUBICON CROSS is a collection of contemporary heavy music that sits just as comfortably next to hard rock classics as it does modern rock upstarts. “Locked and Loaded” is featured in the Xbox360 and PS3 game “Dirt Showdown” along side of new rock heavy-hitters Rise Against, Rival Sons and The Parlor Mob.

Check out the video for “Bleed With Me” here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOHAtoSjBsE

Check out the song for “Bleed With Me” here: https://soundcloud.com/rubicon-cross-official/bleed-with-me/s-b4fB0

logo_800Track List:

  1. Locked And Loaded
  2. Next Worse Enemy
  3. Bleed With Me
  4. Save Me Within
  5. You Will Remember Me
  6. Moving On
  7. R U Angry
  8. Shine
  9. Kill Or Be Killed
  10. All The Little Things