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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

Crossfaith have announced a special signing to take place before their London headline show next Wednesday (May 8).

Head down to Drop Dead Clothing just off Carnaby Street from 5pm and give the guys a high-five from us, alright?

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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

Crossfaith have announced a special signing to take place before their London headline show next Wednesday (May 8).

Head down to Drop Dead Clothing just off Carnaby Street from 5pm and give the guys a high-five from us, alright?

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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

Crossfaith‘s London show on May 8 has been upgraded from the Barfly to the Underworld less than a week since going on sale.

The incredible Japanese electro-metallers will also be supporting Bring Me The Horizon. Dates for all shows are as follows:

Crossfaith supporting BMTH:

April 29 Manchester, Academy 2

April 30 Newcastle, University

May 1 Inverness, Ironworks

May 2 Glasgow, ABC

May 4 Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre

May 5 Cardiff, Solus

May 6 Wolverhampton, Wulfrun

May 7 London, Koko

Tickets available from: http://bit.ly/WzhyO1

Crossfaith headline shows:

April 3 Stoke, Sugarmill

April 8 London, Underworld

Tickets for these two shows available from http://www.kililive.com

New Crossfaith EP Zion is out now, while new Bring Me The Horizon album Sempiternal lands on April 29. Both are amazing. These shows will be amazing. 2013 is amazing.

 

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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

Crossfaith will be supporting Bring Me The Horizon on their upcoming UK tour, and we’re streaming the Japanese electro-metallers’ brilliant new EP Zion in full!

“Bring Me The Horizon are one of my favourite bands,” says Crossfaith frontman Kenta Koie of the band’s UK dates. “We are honoured to be on the road and partying with them in the country we love! It’s gonna be mental! And please make sure to get your ticket and check out us. SEE YA IN DA PIT!”

Crossfaith UK dates are as follows:

Crossfaith supporting BMTH:

April 29 Manchester, Academy 2
April 30 Newcastle, University
May 1 Inverness, Ironworks
May 2 Glasgow, ABC
May 4 Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre
May 5 Cardiff, Solus
May 6 Wolverhampton, Wulfrun
May 7 London, Koko

Tickets available from: http://bit.ly/WzhyO1

Crossfaith headline shows:

April 3 Stoke, Sugarmill
April 8 London, Barfly

Check out Zion in all its mental glory below:

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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

Brilliant Japanese electronic metallers Crossfaith will support Bring Me The Horizon on their UK tour! The five-piece have also announced two solo headline UK shows, which – and we cannot stress this enough – will be fucking amazing.

Dates are as follows:

Crossfaith supporting BMTH:

April 29 Manchester, Academy 2

April 30 Newcastle, University

May 1 Inverness, Ironworks

May 2 Glasgow, ABC

May 4 Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre

May 5 Cardiff, Solus

May 6 Wolverhampton, Wulfrun

May 7 London, Koko

Tickets available from: http://bit.ly/WzhyO1

Crossfaith headline shows:

April 3 Stoke, Sugarmill

April 8 London, Barfly

Tickets for these two shows available from http://www.kililive.com

New Crossfaith EP Zion is out now, while new Bring Me The Horizon album Sempiternallands on April 29. Both are amazing. These shows will be amazing. 2013 is amazing.

 

 

….Amazing.

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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

Japanese electro-metal heroes Crossfaith have finally confirmed that their excellent Zion EP will be getting a UK release! Zion will drop via Search & Destroy on February 4.

“We’re very excited to finally release our Zion EP in the UK and Europe!,” says frontman Kenta Koie. “The fans there have made us feel very welcome, and we promise that we’ll be back very soon.”

Crossfaith recently unveiled their new video Jagerbomb and have also released a new tour diary taken from their time spent blowing roofs off venues around the UK and Europe in 2012:

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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

The ludicrously amazing Crossfaith have released a new video!

Check out Jagerbomb below and, as we suggested in last week’s New Music Monday, do not miss the Japanese mentalists when they next hit our shores. Seriously, don’t.

WHY DON’T YOU TAKE THAT DRINK AND CHUG IT?

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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

“Man, you HAVE to go and see this band. They’re the best band I’ve seen in years. Seriously man, you’ll LOVE them!” How often does one of your mates turn around to you and say something along the lines of this? How often do you look on your Twitter/newsfeed and see someone flipping their shit about a band they’ve just seen and how you ain’t seen NOTHIN’ until you’ve seen the band they’ve just seen? Pretty often, we reckon, but in the world of the music industry, it’s rarer than Louis Walsh saying something that doesn’t make him look like a complete numpty that you get someone expressing that level of enthusiasm over anything, let alone a band they’ve just seen. Around the time of Nottingham’s Hit The Deck festival this year, though, our inboxes lit up like Guy Fawkes after seeing Rammstein and we were inundated by people clambering over one another to tell us that this is the best band they’d seen in years. As you’ll know by the fact that their name is emblazoned on this feature, the band in question are Japan’s Crossfaith and they really are one of the best bands you’ll have seen in years.

“It’s just been great to be here and to be given the chance to play,” says the band’s incredibly modest frontman, Ken (real name Kenta Koie), today giving Hammer his first ever interview in English. “It’s been a lot of fun playing shows. We just like to give everything and people seem to like us.”

First hitting our shores on a UK-wide tour with beatdown metal types Of Mice & Men and recently on a run with the mighty While She Sleeps, both times the band have stolen the show and left a sea of people breathless and wondering what the fuck just happened. Because they combine rave-ready synths with a bouncy riffing style, it’s easy to crack out the Enter Shikari comparison but to leave
it at that would be laziness of the highest order. Whereas Shikari’s music is gritty, political and as grimy as the British streets that gave birth to them, Crossfaith’s music is a far more uplifting, energetic and euphoric explosion of neon colour and white-knuckle excitement. A listen to their Zion EP is like whizzing along a rollercoaster at 180mph, such is the adrenaline rush it gives you. Put in point blank terms, this is the most exciting combination of dance and metal since The Prodigy changed the landscape of what can be construed as heavy music forever with their 1997 classic, The Fat Of The Land.

“The electronics were always a part of Crossfaith,” says Ken. “From the beginning we wanted to make something that pleased us and was exciting for everyone else.” One of the most appealing things about Crossfaith is that they’re almost impossible to pigeonhole. There’s no scene for what they’re doing because so few bands are as creative as this when it comes to fusing elements like high-octane, industrial-tinged riffing and the energy that’s been missing in our game since the highest points of nu metal with a Neapolitan of dance elements that include the high-pitched, piercing flavour of the early 90s, bursts of arse-quaking dub wobble and the odd part that could have been half-inched from Liam Howlett’s files marked ‘Invaders Must Die’. It’s a phenomenal juxtaposition to be at odds with most bands musically but have the energy of punk rock and a crunching heaviness that is unmistakably metal.

“We don’t feel like we want to fit in,” Ken says with an almost childlike innocence. “We are happy to be here and playing for people and getting our music across.” When asking the band about what influences went into making a band as unique as Crossfaith, we have to admit, they threw us. While we scratched our heads and heard moments of The Defiled, Pendulum, Mindless Self Indulgence and Zomboy in their widespread melting pot, they had another influence that we didn’t bank on hearing.

“Bon Jovi!” says Ken as we burst into laughter that’s part due to not seeing that coming and part “Is this guy fucking serious?!” “Bon Jovi have a show that is so big and I saw them many years ago and we wanted people to feel like that.” Moving quickly away from the fact that this band sound as much like Bon Jovi as they do like Woody Guthrie, what’s encouraging is that the band didn’t want to remain an undiscovered Japanese phenomenon. While the likes of X Japan and, to a lesser extent, Dir En Grey are happy to make their money in the Far East and stay on home soil, Crossfaith have the want to take the globe by storm. By the time you read this, the chances are you’ll have heard about them blowing minds on a broader scale at the UK return of Warped Tour and they aren’t happy to rest on their laurels.

“We want to play with as many bands as possible,” says Ken when we put it to him that it might be difficult finding shows because they sound so different to so much of what’s going on in today’s metal scene. “We enjoyed playing with Of Mice & Men and While She Sleeps and think we can play with anyone. We don’t worry about that. If we get the chance, we just want to play!”

On the shows with both OM&M and WSS, the reactions of the audience have been really something to behold. For a band of relative obscurity to have full rooms going absolutely bonkers (past the mixing desk in the case of London’s Electric Ballroom with OM&M) within minutes and leaving people with their jaws on the floor has really been something to behold. Their cover of The Prodigy’s Omen is played with more fire, conviction and energy than the architects of the song itself and, as you’ve probably seen The Prodigy, you’ll know what a bold claim that is. But we’re making that claim because it’s the truth.

“We don’t worry about the future,” Ken shrugs. “We are just enjoying what is happening now.” It’s an admirable stance to take, as the chances are that the future will take care of itself. Hell, there’s an argument that Crossfaith ARE the future. If you were to visualise how futuristic metal would sound (we envision the T-1000 and ED-209 having malfunctions caused by the riffs of Al Jourgensen), the chances are Crossfaith will be that sound. To paraphrase what we were told, you simply have to see this band. Trust us when we say you’ll be glad you did.

Crossfaith’s Zion EP is out in the UK this year.

Article by Terry Bezer

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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

If you’ve been listening to Daniel P Carter taking over Radio 1 this week to blast out endless metal anthems and stone-cold bangers, you may have heard him drop Crossfaith‘s immense Monolith today.

We were gonna keep this back until Monday, but it’s got us pumped, so here’s a look at the two free posters in our brand new issue, on sale Tuesday! Oooooh yeaaaah.

Nice, eh? Get them by ordering our new issue below:

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The Metal Hammer Podcast: Filthy

We’re back! 2013 kicks off with a review of the new Bronx album, Bring Me The Horizon’s new single being premiered this week, Phil Anselmo going solo, the return of Jason Newsted, plus our tips for who’s going to explode this year, including Issues, Crossfaith, Of Mice And Men, The Defiled and many more.

Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

Happy New Year! Now make a resolution to follow Merl, Steve and Amit on Twitter and get playing the new podcast below:

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