Never one to follow convention; Crossfaith have opted to release their third EP in a row with their latest three track offering Wipeout. Each song on this here offers up a different focal point of the various styles and sounds that make up the bands unique formula; vocalist Kenta Koei states: "WIPEOUT is about our future... no one can stop the future, so we chose to dive straight in. These new songs are the guide for where Crossfaith are going”
Title track ‘Wipeout’ showcases how far Ken has come as a lyricist, with a colossal chorus ready to be screamed at the top of your lungs, mix-master Terufumi Tamano delivering an infectious dreamscape of electronic symphony in the background, the track beckons “Brace for impact, brace for impact, 3, 2, 1” in distorted voices before a rampant fists in the air style chant kicks in. Follower ‘Inside The Flames’ is an exciting, heavy, nu metal romp, with an impressive six second long scream from Ken and guitarist Kazuki Takemura employing a choppier, more aggressive approach to his play style.
Final track ‘Vermillion Gold’ will make a lot ‘faith fans who are more in favour of their earlier material happy, sounding as though it wouldn’t be out of place on the Zion EP released back in 2012. It’s a technical piece with grand orchestral scale synths and drummer Tatsuya Amano smashing away like an absolute monster. Any of these three songs would go down well as part of the bands live set, the Wipeout EP stands as a strong, proud part of their music catalogue, and they’ve more than proven they are the masters of their own formula, tapping into new levels of creativity and experimentation to perfect their sound and steer the course of their future in an exciting direction.
At this point, Crossfaith are unstoppable, known for their breathtaking live performance and unmatched levels of energy, the Wipout EP only adds to their ever-growing intensity, and puts them one step closer to total world domination. Score: 8.5/10 Facebook:crossfaithofficial Twitter: @CrossfaithJapan