Release: Wipeout EP
Genre: Post-hardcore / Metalcore
Release date: January 26th, 2018
It's impossible to look at the music scene in Japan and overlook Crossfaith. In the last twelve years, Osaka five-peace established themselves as one of the most internationally successful Japanese bands, touring the world multiple times, and releasing records for labels such as Tragic Hero, Razor & Tie, and UNFD. They started 2018 with a bang - the new EP 'Wipeout,' released on January 26th.
The new three-song EP comes three years after bands latest full length 'Xeno,' but Crossfaith haven't been quiet since that release. They marked 2016 with the single 'New Age Warriors,' while last summer was all about the 'Freedom' EP. 'Wipeout' comes as a logical successor to the previous two records, showing all the band's strength.
Tittle track comes first with its metal riffs, chaotic electronica, and wild vocals. It's easy to understand why this song is taken as a first single. 'Inside the Flames' comes in next, being probably my favorite track on the EP. The song touches more on post-hardcore/metalcore influences, recalling some of the band's earlier works. 'Vermillion Gold' closes the EP with more metal influences, and futuristic effects, and another strong chorus.
In the last few years, Crossfaith opts for releasing smaller chunks of their music, instead of full lengths. It can be a positive thing for the band, as all the songs get much more attention, but this way every song has to be a banger. I'm not sure they managed to do it this time. However, 'Wipeout' is more than a solid piece of music.
2. Inside The Flames
3. Vermillion Gold