If you're a Deftones fan, there's good news and bad news in store about frontman Chino Moreno's latest side project.
The good news is that Crosses - which pairs Moreno's tortured vocal moods with gloomy electronica, guitar crunch and shimmering 80s melodies - occasionally hits the same mark as Deftones' beautiful prog-metal racket.
While previous EPs led listeners down a dark, glitchy path that could be hard to love, their debut album adds in electrifying freakouts, like the celebratory fuzz-blast of Blk Stallion and the loping thud and feedback crunch of Bitches Brew.
The bad news is that there are some seriously redundant moments, like the cheesy Genesis-style drum fills of The Epilogue, or when Moreno utters the deadly serious line, "I want to pull out your crazy, pour it over me" on Bermuda Locket.
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It doesn't help that 10 tracks here - like stuttering mood piece Prurient, which could be filler from a recent Deftones record - have been released on previous EPs, the first dating back to 2011.
As the closing funeral march of Death Bell shows, Crosses are on to something - but perhaps a third EP would have been a better idea.