EP: Crossfaith – Freedom

Release Date: August 4th 2017
Label: Sony Records/UNFD
Website: www.crossfaith.jp
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crossfaithofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/crossfaithjapan

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Japan has recently been churning out some decent metal bands over the past few years, and one of the leaders in this surge of emerging talent is EDM/metal mob, Crossfaith. Since unleashing 2012’s ‘Zion’ EP, the band have garnered a pretty hefty fanbase, and to keep our attention until they finally drop album four next year, they’ve now delivered a new EP, ‘Freedom’.

The title-track cracks things open in typical Crossfaith fashion. It’s brimming with energy and is massively upbeat. Infact, the EP as a whole is very energetic throughout. Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds enters midway through and adds some more flair to the track, with a very nice flowing rapped verse with a nice electronic instrumental to accompany it before quickly erupting into a more frantic explosion.

‘Rockstar Steady’ follows-up, and is a track that discusses a lack of rockstars around in the current age, or arguably even the feeling of rising and falling stars in the world of rock and metal, with frontman Kenta Koie exclaiming “They’re used to selling out arenas / Now they’re back in clubs.” Maybe Koie feels that rock and metal as genres are slowly dying.

It may only be a short stint and a very brief injection of fresh material to tide us until we finally hear a full-length to follow-up 2015’s ‘Xeno’, but what ‘Freedom’ helps to concretely confirm is Crossfaith‘s strong and stable position on the metal circuit, and that there’s plenty more potential bubbling within them ready to flare up and detonate come album four.

Written by Jack Bellamy (@jackbellamy17)

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