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Slipknot Reschedules Knotfest Japan for January 2021

Slipknot’s Knotfest Japan joins the growing ranks of rescheduled festivals for 2021. Originally the first major festival postponed, Knotfest Japan will now take place on January 10th and 11th of next year with much of the same lineup. Knotfest Japan 2021 will feature Slipknot headlining both nights, along with Anthrax, Marilyn Manson, Man With A Mission, BABYMETAL, coldrain, Crossfaith, Suicide Silence, and more! New tickets and other info details can be found below. Continue reading

Crossfaith – Ex Machina

Only a few years ago, and on the back of their well-received Zion EP (Sony), Crossfaith were heralded as the next big thing, armed with a formidable live reputation and an electronica/dance heavy brand of metalcore that oozed crossover appeal. Fast forward to 2018 and the Osaka troupe haven’t quite risen to such promised heights, to the extent that a brand new album seems to have almost fallen under the radar to some – not that they have lost any edge, as Ex Machina (UNFD) is not only their most creative release to date, but their strongest since Zion. Continue reading

Ember Falls – Welcome to Ember Falls

 

Self-proclaimed Electro-Metalcore futurists Ember Falls call Finland home, but their début Welcome to Ember Falls (Spinefarm) may well have been delivered from some distant, imaginary multiverse where people carry huge Final Fantasy-type swords Continue reading

Crossfaith – Xeno

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Confession time. Up until two days ago when my editor sent me this assignment I had never heard of Crossfaith. So yeah, for a band that has been kicking since 2006 and consistently on tour it took me until their fourth LP Xeno (Razor & Tie) to acknowledge their existence. I am the definition of timeliness.

Anyways, during my lunch break I browsed the web out of boredom and realized that Crossfaith’s sound has been described as renown for combining metalcore and electronic dance music. Naturally when reading that combination of genres the first thing that comes to mind is “I’ve died and gone to hell.” Immediate visions of laptopcore bands like The Browning and Blood on the Dance Floor flooded the brain. Fuck me.

But don’t knock it till you try it, or at least that’s what the girl as the grocery store seems to always tell me. Look at the bright side, Crossfaith is from Osaka, Japan and the land of the rising son has fostered plenty of eclectic and talented metal bands such as X-Japan, Dir en Grey, and Maximum the Hormone. Just press play.

You only get one chance to make a first impression and Crossfaith for the most part hits the mark. Instead of the Hot Topic goth dance party I was dreading the music on Xeno was actually listenable. Multifarious to a fault, but still listenable. Pretty good, actually. However if you are looking for some dance party action then check out ‘Wildfire’ (featuring Skindred’s Benji Webbe) and it’s unholy matrimony of EDM and Reggae. And I can say with no shame that I blasted it out loud in my car.

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That being said the tunes here are more in line with Slipknot, mid-career Soilwork and even some Linkin Park for good measure. Frontman Kenta “Ken” Koie leans more on his singing voice on this effort and it helps elevate songs like ‘Raise Your Voice,’ ‘Devil’s Party’ and the excellent title track to radio rock anthem status. In addition to Koie’s strong performance, much attention should also be paid to drummer Tatsuya Amano’s frantic bursts of aggression and producer Josh Wilbur’s (Avenged Sevenfold, Lamb of God) masterful work behind the studio board.

The one moment on Xeno that lost me was power ballad ‘Tears Fall.’ It’s an excellent showcase for Koie’s pipes and it does feature a tuneful solo from guitarist Kazuki Takemura, but it’s way too sappy to fully take seriously. So much so that you could sell it for parts to Bullet for My Valentine. While that gamble doesn’t pay off, Crossfaith pick up the pace again with ‘Paint it Black’ and the drumming showcase that is ‘Vanguard.’ But before the album comes to a close these Osaka natives get a another chance to play with dynamics and texture on ‘Calm the Store’ a melodic track that is much more in line with the aforementioned Linkin Park or Dead Letter Circus.

I feel slightly less hesitant about the melding of electronics and metalcore. Slightly. You done good, Crossfaith.

8.0/10

HANSEL LOPEZ

Audio: Crossfaith Streams New Album- Xeno, Out Next Week

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Crossfaith have streamed their entire new album Xeno, due out next week from Razor & Tie. You can hear the album at this link or below:

Xeno track listing:

01. System X
02. Xeno
03. Raise Your Voice
04. Devil’s Party
05. Ghost In The Mirror (feat. Caleb Shomo from Beartooth)
06. Dystopia
07. Wildfire (feat. Benji Webbe from Skindred)
08. Tears Fall
09. Paint It Black
10. Vanguard
11. Calm The Storm
12. Astral Heaven

Crossfaith band 2015

 

Pre-order the album and get ‘Ghost In The Mirror’ and ‘Xeno’ and an instant grat download: http://smarturl.it/CrossfaithXENO

Tour dates are pending for a UK tour with Skindred this fall.

 

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Video: Crossfaith Releases Devil’s Party Video

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Crossfaith have released a new video for their song Devil’s Party, the first clip from their forthcoming album Xeno (Razor & Tie) due out on September 18th. You can watch the Devil’s party video at this link or below:

 

 

Front man Kenta “Ken” Koie commented on the video:

“This is the first music video from our new album, ‘Xeno’, and we put a lot of effort into it. I’m certain that you can feel our vision/concept of the album through this music video. Learn the words and sing with me at the show!”

 

Crossfaith Xeno album cover 2015

Xeno track listing:

01. System X
02. Xeno
03. Raise Your Voice
04. Devil’s Party
05. Ghost In The Mirror (feat. Caleb Shomo from Beartooth)
06. Dystopia
07. Wildfire (feat. Benji Webbe from Skindred)
08. Tears Fall
09. Paint It Black
10. Vanguard
11. Calm The Storm
12. Astral Heaven

Audio: Crossfaith Featuring Caleb Shomo – Ghost In The Mirror

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Crossfaith has released the first single from their forthcoming album Xeno (Razor & Tie), due out on September 18th. ‘Ghost In The Mirror’ features Beartooth vocalist Caleb Shomo. You can hear the track at this link or below:

 

 

 

Crossfaith front man Frontman Kenta ‘Ken’ Koie has commented on ‘Ghost In The Mirror’:

This song is about the fight against myself. Everyone has some bad habits, and self-control can be very difficult for humans. And we invited our new best friend, Caleb Shomo of Beartooth, to contribute a guest vocal on the track. His voice made this song more aggressive and offensive. I can’t wait to play this song with him at our show.”

 

Pre-order the album and get ‘Ghost In The Mirror’ and ‘Xeno’ and an instant grat download: http://smarturl.it/CrossfaithXENO

 

Crossfaith has been performing ‘Ghost In The Mirror’ this summer with Shomo on the Vans Warped Tour. The band is also planning a UK tour with Skindred this fall.

 

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