[Metalcore] Crossfaith
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Crossfaith are a five member metalcore band from Osaka formed in 2006. Kenta, Kazumi and Terufumi started off in a nu metal band doing Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park covers. When that finished they recruited guitarist Kazuki from the music club at the same school (saving us all from an internationally touring Japanese Fred Durst impressionist thankfully!). Bassist Hiroki joined a couple of years later when Terufumi started drawing more on EDM and Dubstep and switched to Keyboards, along with all his other jobs in the band. Lineup has been constant since 2008 as follows:

Kenta Koie – lead vocals
Kazuki Takemura – guitars
Terufumi Tamano – keyboards, programming, samples, backing vocals
Tatsuya Amano – drums, percussion
Hiroki Ikegawa – bass

There style is fusion of metalcore and hardcore along with the Dubstep and EDM stuff along with industrial and melodic death metal influences. So, yet another Japanese genre mash-up really. Vocals are usually pretty fluent English, though you won't always hear it as they're often pretty harsh. Can't speak for the early stuff, but I suspect its always been English as they see themselves as a 'Westernised' band. Generally seen as a bit of a "party band" Big Grin

Their first album "The Artificial Theory for the Dramatic Beauty" was Japanese only, but they signed to American label tragic Hero Records for 2011's "The Dream, The Space", and released a second EP "Zion" as a promo for the RotW. Two more albums have come since then, Apocalyze (2013) & Xeno (2015). They're pretty well known in Britain as they've toured here a few times (hey, we like the electronic stuff!), initially as support for the likes of "Of Mice and Men"" and "While She Sleeps", before upgrading to "Bring Me The Horizon" ( Tongue ) and headline themselves these days. They've done plenty of festivals (and festival interviews) too. They've also toured in the US on the 2015 Vans Warped tour and as support for the Enter Shikari and others, though possibly not quite as well know there maybe?

For fans of coldrain, Crystal Lake, Blood Stained Child and other electronicore stuff in general

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Fun fact: They're (soon to be ex-) Bridear guitarist Misa's current favourite band. Soo maybe this is what we should expect from her in the future? Wink

Here's a few videos to see if they're your thing:

Fairly unusual sung clean singing in the chorus here:





And here too actually...





And I guess this is why they're thought of as a 'party band' Big Grin :





Featuring a bit of 'Enter Shikari' and a bit more electronica-heavy:





Their best known track 'Monolith' , live from Britain's 'Download' festival (WARNING: Random Dubstep inserts my trigger the emotionally vulnerable):





Should possibly be subtitled "Let's all swear together and annoy our mums" Tongue
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#2
Looks like the lads are touring in Japan at the moment. Here's the balladish number they put up as a Christmas present to fans:





And another one (bit more typical) from last week:





Fun crowd, by the look of it...
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When I was in high-school "The Artificial Theory for the Dramatic Beauty" was one of my favorite albums to listen to. As far as metalcore goes, I always thought these guys were pretty good, at least in their early days. I don't know their more recent stuff much.
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Looks like they have a new single out now:



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#5
Hmm, not bad. As I'd said above I hadn't heard all that much of their more recent work, but this is better on first impression than most of their new stuff I have heard.
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#6
Crossfaith have a new song up.


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#7
If the band name is a pun with "crossfade", I actually appreciate that.
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Man, they've changed their style so much from their first album and I'm not particularly fond of it. Undecided
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