Crossfaith blazed across the U.S. on the Vans Warped tour this summer gaining fans and notoriety as a must see band. Then they lit up Leeds and Reading in the UK. It’s easy to say that Crossfaith is fired up about the release of Apocalyze. They should be. An album this electric deserves international play, and Crossfaith finally blows up world wide. It’s just great to see it’s a band from Japan.
Crossfaith’s use of synth spreads like wildfire on Apocalyze, so much so the term “electrocore” is now a thing. If Crossfaith embodies electrocore, they totally embrace it as they deftly mix metalcore and electronic sounds into an inferno of rock.
Are the fire references too much? Because Crossfaith litters their songs with quite a few references to blazes and conflagrations. Yet, the most alarming part is that the band is best known for burning up the dance floor. Yes. Crossfaith loves partying and dancing. These guys can be serious and fun at the same time and create a seriously fun time at their shows. So for every song about fire, there is a song about the stars. For every song about hate, they will follow it up with another song about love. As unpredictable as the lyrics go, the band also keeps you guessing where they will veer next. Each song on Apocalyze seems to add some new element of surprise.
Apocalyze begins with their three big releases “We Are the Future,” “Hounds of the Apocalypse” and “Eclipse.” “We are the Future” is exactly what an introduction track is supposed to do.. it shows how Crossfaith are the masters of scream, sci-fi synth and dupstep dance. “Hounds of the Apoclaypse” shows Crossfaith’s darker side and “Eclipse” shows Crossfaith’s partyside. Those three singles set up an amazing album.
Surprises include female guest vocals on “Scarlett” by Bianca Roman, which will make even the hardest metal head swoon. You also get a nu-metal scritchy-scratchy hip hop banger in Gala Hala. The symphonic intro to “Counting Stars” leads to a fantastic spacey track with more angelic female vocals. “Only the Wise Can Control Our Eyes” offers up more clean vocals from Ken just to keep you on your toes.
But don’t let the production tricks overwhelm you. When it comes down to it, it’s all about Kenta Koie’s killer screams, Kazuki Takemura’s brutal guitar licks, HIroki Ikegawa’s bass glue, Tatsuya Amano’s deafening drumming ability and Terufumi Tamano wizardry with electro keyboards, knob tweaks and turns. Crossfaith represents a crossbreed of metal, one that’s popularity is definitely on the rise.
9.5 out of 10. Apocalicious!
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