Crossfaith make a big impact internationally with their Zion EP that cranks everything they have up to 11. The vocals, synth, drums, guitars are scary good. Crossfaith’s Zion EP is like a blast of extreme weather that assaults your senses in six quick tracks.
“Monolith” hits out of nowhere like an earthquake, with trembling speakers shaking the very ground. It’s earth deteriorating drums, shaky synth and drilling industrial noise effects are hard to avoid. The missle sound effects sound like they were ripped right out of Trent Reznor’s “Great Destroyer” track. and if you are going to deal in nuclear arms, you might as well deal with the best.
“Photosphere” freezes your soul with chilly synthesizers and icy breath screams. The guitars hit you like glaciers and you’ve got no choice but to mosh to keep warm. It’s also the only way to keep your head above the freezing water. Goosebumps? Yes, you’ll have goosebumps.
“Jagerbomb” is a hurricane drink of death. Probably the heaviest most rockiest track on the album, you get some seriously heavy chords that pin you down to the floor. And just like being in the calm in the eye of the storm, when it gets quiet, out of nowhere you get this hilarious offbeat quote. “Why don’t you take that drink and chug it!” What follows is a whirlwind of screams that will blow you away. F’n right.
“Quasar” is straight up thrash, heavy rock, like heavy asteroids falling from space. Then piercing needles and outerspace synthesizers take over and laser space fight to blast the asteroids out of orbit.
“Dialogue” floods the synthesizers to the max. The sounds swish back and forth in an instrumental disco dance dubstep party sure to shake that booty all night long. But before you can fully submerge in the water the track ends too quickly. But don’t think the chaos is over.
“Leviathan” is the sea serpent arising out of the wet to gobble your soul. Vocalist Koie goes “on and on and on” wailing on your ass. The synthesizers twist like a slithery beast and wrap around you, squeezing the life out of you. Then the drums smash you repeatedly into the waves. It’s fucking deadly and yet ends beautifully like it’s grabbed you by it’s tail and has lifted you up to the heavens. Amazing.
Zion has so much to love. The bad news: it’s short. But Crossfaith is riding a wave of international fandom, so it’s only a matter a time before they smash into the North American Coast.
Doplar Radar indicates a whopping category 4 out of 5.
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