Crossfade (band)

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Origin Columbia, South Carolina
Genres Alternative metal, post-grunge, hard rock
Years active 1999–present
Labels Eleven Seven, Columbia
Members Ed Sloan
Les Hall
Mitch James
Past members Brian Geiger
Tony Byroads
Terry Kane
Mark Castillo

Crossfade is an American rock/metal band originating from Columbia, South Carolina. Their current members are Ed Sloan on lead vocals and guitar, Les Hall on lead guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals, and Mitch James on backing vocals and bass. Since their formation, Crossfade has released three studio albums – their platinum selling self-titled debut album in 2004, Falling Away in 2006, and We All Bleed in 2011.


Early years, Crossfade and Falling Away (1999-2007)[edit]

Crossfade was formed in 1999, originally under the name The Nothing. The band consisted of Ed Sloan on lead guitar and vocals, Mitch James on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Brian Geiger on drums. The band released an album titled Numb. The song Breathing Slowly originally from the album, was re-recorded for Falling Away in 2006. Later that year the band changed their name to Sugardaddy Superstar, after vocalist and DJ Tony Byroads joined the band.[1] The band recorded songs in the "Sugardaddy Studio," a studio lead singer Ed Sloan had built in his garage. The songs eventually attracted the interest of the Los Angeles, California A&R company Taxi (Independent A&R), and HitPredictor co-founder and FG Records/Earshot head Doug Ford which ultimately led to the signing of a record deal with the FG Records/Earshot division of Columbia Records.[2]

In 2002, they changed their name once again, this time to Crossfade. In 2006, James Branham replaced drummer Brian Geiger, who left the group due to a stroke affecting the left side of his body. That year the band entered the studio to record two more songs to add to the eight they had recorded in the "Sugardaddy Studio" for their debut album. They released their first album, Crossfade, on April 13, 2004. The first single off the album, "Cold," gave the band significant mainstream exposure. Two singles followed after that: "So Far Away" in 2004 and "Colors" in 2005. In February 2005, their first album, Crossfade, was certified Gold by the RIAA and was certified Platinum six months later. Crossfade had their first radio appearance ("So Far Away") heard on 94.5 the Buzz (Houston, Texas) Cage Match at 10 o'clock p.m. where it competed with a new song every night and won out over the competition for over three weeks. At the time, Crossfade's single had been the longest lasting song on the Cage Match since its founding. That year, Tony Byroads left the band to start a family and was not replaced.

After coming off the success of their first album, the band began to write a follow-up: their second album, Falling Away, released on August 29, 2006. The album spawned three singles: "Invincible," "Drown You Out," and "Already Gone." After releasing the album, they needed another guitarist for their upcoming tour. Les Hall, an old friend of Ed Sloan, filled the position. After touring, Hall wanted to become an official member of the band and he asked if he could take part in the songwriting. Sloan accepted and Les Hall became Crossfade's lead guitarist and keyboardist. Though their debut album sold over one million copies, Falling Away only sold 200,000.

New label (2008-present)[edit]

In 2008, the band was dropped from Columbia Records. The band signed with Eleven Seven Music. After drummer James Branham left and formed a new band, A Fall From Down, he was replaced by temporary member Will Hunt for the recording of the album.

On January 2, 2009, Crossfade released a demo track entitled "We All Bleed."[3] It was announced that they would be releasing a new album later that year. According to the band, the new album would have a darker, and possibly different, sound than their previous releases.[4][5]

In June 2010, the track listing for We All Bleed was revealed, and the first single, "Killing Me Inside," was released along with a music video. The release date for We All Bleed was originally October 26, 2010, but was pushed back first to January 2011, then April 12, 2011, before being pushed back a third time to June 21, 2011. The album closer track "Make Me A Believer" was made available for download for free in the meantime, which is the longest song the band has ever recorded. Around that time after the album was finished recording, studio drummer Will Hunt became the drummer of American rock band, Evanescence, who he toured with in 2007.

On November 24, 2010, Crossfade announced on their YouTube channel, CrossfadeMusicTV, that Mark Castillo from Bury Your Dead would be the band's new drummer.

The same day that the first single "Killing Me Inside" was officially released to digital retailers, the band announced on their Twitter that the album would finally be released on June 21, 2011. In November, the band also released the second single, "Prove You Wrong," and released the music video for the song in December.

In 2011, Crossfade headlined Rockapalooza in Jackson, Michigan.

Crossfade supported Papa Roach and Buckcherry on the Rock Allegiance Tour with Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Red, and Drive A.

In January 2012, drummer Mark Castillo announced on his Facebook that he had left Crossfade to pursue a career in the Metalcore band Emmure.[6]

Despite a lengthy period of inactivity, the band have not broken up as of August 2016. Sloan took to Facebook to address rumors of the band's demise in the meantime.[7]

Band members[edit]

  • Ed Sloan – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1999–present), lead guitar (1999–2006)
  • Mitch James – bass, vocals (1999–present)
  • Les Hall – lead guitar, keyboard, sampling, backing vocals (2006–present)
  • Tony Byroads – vocals, turntables, sampling (1999–2005)
  • Terry Kane– drums (1999–2006)
  • James Branham – drums (2006–2008)
  • Mark Castillo – drums (2010–2012)
Touring and session member
  • Will Hunt – drums, percussion (2008–2010)



Crossfade discography
Studio albums 3
Music videos 7
Singles 9

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications




2004 Crossfade 41 1
  • US: Platinum
2006 Falling Away
  • Released: August 29, 2006
  • Label: Columbia Records
30 9
2011 We All Bleed 100 14 17 26
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


Year Song Peak chart positions Certifications Album



2004 "Cold" 81 2 3 23 47
  • US: Gold
2005 "So Far Away" 14 4
"Colors" 18 6
2006 "Invincible" 18 Falling Away
"Drown You Out" 21
"Already Gone"
2011 "Killing Me Inside" 17 We All Bleed
"Prove You Wrong" 29
2012 "Dear Cocaine"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Music Video[edit]

  • Cold (2004)
  • Colors (2005)
  • Invincible (2006)
  • Drown You Out (2006)
  • Killing Me Inside (2011)
  • Prove You Wrong (2011)
  • Dear Cocaine (2012)


  1. ^ "Crossfade | New Music And Songs |". 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Crossfade > Biography". AllMusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Crossfade Myspace". Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Crossfade Twitter". Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Mark Castillo". 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
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  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Peak chart positions for Crossfade in the United States:
  9. ^ " - Swedish charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 

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