Crossfaith – We Are The Future

Crossfaith is a Japanese metalcore band from Osaka that was formed in 2006. The band released their first EP “Blueprint of Reconstruction” in 2008. The band consists of vocalist Kenta Koie, guitarist Kazuki Takemura, Hiroki Ikegawa on bass guitar, drummer Tatsuya Amano and Terufumi Tamano on keyboards.
They then released their first studio album “The Artificial Theory for the Dramatic Beauty” through Zestone Records in 2009, and their second studio album “The Dream the Space” in 2011 through Tragic Hero Records. Crossfaith then released their second EP “Zion” in September 2012, this acted as a promotional release to countries outside of Japan.

In their early touring history they supported bands like: Hatebreed, Machine Head, In This Moment, Bleeding Through, The Used, August Burns Red, Memphis May Fire. In March 2011 Tragic Hero Records signed Crossfaith for an American release of their second album “The Dream, The Space”.
In 2012 Crossfaith‘s tour schedule for around the Europe expanded, supporting Of Mice and Men with Bury Tomorrow and later in the year supporting While She Sleeps alongside Bleed from Within and Polar in September. In August the band went to Japan to play the Summer Sonic festival, the largest festival in the country, where they played at 3am to 10,000 people.
In September 2012 the band released their second extended play Zion, used as an introductory sampler designed to break into a bigger market. Zion was named after the human city in The Matrix film series. The extended play revived a popular response from mainstream critics such as Kerrang! and The Sydney Morning Herald. Three promotional videos spawned out of the promotion of the ep: music videos for ‘Monolith’ and ‘Jägerbomb’ and one typography style video for Photosphere. On 10 November the band performed at the 2012 Warped Tour at the Alexandra Palace in London on the ‘Kevin Says Stage’. The stage they played on was only a 500 cap room but security had to block the entrance to the room as it exceeded capacity during their performance. Their performance at the festival garnered a lot of attention for the band.

On 4 February 2013 the “Zion” EP was released in Europe by Search And Destroy Records and just a few days after that released the extended play online to stream on SoundCloud. Crossfaith performed at the Australian 2013 Soundwave festival for all 5 dates in: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth between 23 February and 4 March. They have also announced Sidewaves shows prior to the festival dates with Periphery. Just two days after their appearance in Australia the band is started their March tour across the United States in support of Enter Shikari and Architects. Then, in May the band is main supporting band on Bring Me the Horizon‘s headline tour of the United Kingdom. After their tour with Bring Me the Horizon they planned two headline dates at the Barfly in London Sugarmill in Stoke, but the Barfly show sold so well they upgraded to the Camden Underworld.
In August Crossfaith has planned there third studio album Apocalyze. The album was recorded at Machine Shop Studios in New York in January 2013 and will be released on Search And Destroy. The band is playing the entire Warped Tour 2013.

The band has typically considered as Electronicore, this is through their blend of influences from metalcore, industrial metal, hardcore, metal and electronica. The band’s music is seen as a combination of metalcore instrumentation and vocals with keyboards and industrial synths. The have been described as “Slipknot tearing the Prodigy limb from limb”.
The band’s EP Zion showcases their synthesiser dominated sound, particularly on “Monolith” while “Jägerbomb” is seen as “pure Pantera Groove metal with an underlying dash of synth.” The pace of the album slows with “Dialogue”, an interlude with a “slow, tense electronic beat”.

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