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“Electronicore” is the latest hipster tag to emerge in the metal world and one of its face bands is Osaka’s CROSSFAITH. Essentially what you’re getting with this digi-bang tribe is a rave-minded interpretation of BLEEDING THROUGH and AUGUST BURNS RED. Formed as a protest against a pop-saturated Japanese music market, CROSSFAITH‘s use of romping synths and grinding electronic filaments amidst hardcore and metalcore methods is not for everyone. However, it’s easy to appreciate the band’s inherent thumb bite despite frequently ringing like a Tekken soundtrack gone metal-mental.

On their third full-length, “Apocalyze”, CROSSFAITH continues to employ the party-down metal tears of their well-received singles “Jagerbomb” and “Monolith” from their 2012 EP, “Zion”. “We Are the Future” bursts as a roaring manifesto about bands trying to break molds, thus allowing “Apocalyze” to bop between mid-tempo hook jams and rhythmic metalcore schemes.

“Hounds of the Apocalypse”, one of the heaviest tracks of the album, alternates between blast beats and varied hardcore stamps with Tamano Terufumi‘s smothering of the final section with IMMORTALS-esque synth frolics. The party-flavored “Eclipse” next comes with a crazily-constructed succession of punishing strikes and pulsing pumps that gives woofing vocalist Koie Kenta a moment to throw out some rare cleans. The proto-punched theme continues into “The Evolution”, a song with the obvious intent of getting CROSSFAITH‘s audience pogoing on the floor.

In direct counter to each other, the groove-oriented “Gala Hala (Burn Down the Floor)” at the midpoint of the album is instantly squashed by the abrasive and noisome “Countdown to Hell”. The latter’s theme about bullying takes a darker path on the following track, “Deathwish”, a slinking bopper that pits a vengeance-minded protagonist on the search for his loved one’s killers. Ikegawa Hiroki‘s bass licks on “Deathwish” are menacing despite the awkwardly up-tempo feel of the track

A brief string intro to the anthemic banger “Counting Stars” makes for a tasteful lead into Tamano Terufumi‘s astral electro fills on the verses and bridges while the song lofts on its choruses. Here, Terufumi‘s synthetic textures serve the song’s drive, along with supplemental vocals from Bianca Roman and mounting guitar fills from Takemura Kuzuki. “Burning White” might’ve become “Apocalyze”‘s hardest hour, but the spanking double hammer from Amano Tatsuya is quickly morphed into a melodic bangfest that’s lavished by a gorgeous guitar solo from Kuzuki.

CROSSFAITH saves their most potent venom for “Only the Wise Can Control Our Eyes”, a song spotlighting the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The moshing verses are brutal, the wrecking breakdowns are smartly executed and still CROSSFAITH engineers a tuneful chorus amidst all of the mayhem. It becomes “Apocalyze”‘s moment of grace as the band seeks to give voice to the citizens impacted by the Level 7 fallout and to hint at a believed governmental cover-up.

While CROSSFAITH may take some listener acclimation with all of their tenacious electronic rakes, “Apocalyze” is nevertheless a creative and energetic album that grows strength with repeated listens. This album will excite metalcore freaks like it’s the dawn of a new era. Like their contemporaries MUCC and DIR EN GREY, this band isn’t afraid to dabble, tinker and stretch boundaries largely borrowed from the western sanction. While BORIS continues to reign over the Japanese metal scene in their own modest way, CROSSFAITH will appeal to a broader audience. For certain, expect to hear these guys jacking up a video game or two in the near future.

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Three recent albums by pioneering guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN – best known for his work with Megadeth and Cacophony – will be released in North America by PROSTHETIC RECORDS on August 14th. The title track “Simple Mystery” – off of the album “Future Addict” features vocals by Jeremy Colson( Steve Vai, Billy Idol) and can be seen above.

“Future Addict” along with 2010’s “Bad D.N.A.” have until this year only been available in Japan, where FRIEDMAN now lives, while 2006’s acclaimed “Loudspeaker”, originally released Stateside by Shrapnel Records, will be made available domestically once again.

Although FRIEDMAN has focused on his Japanese music career for the past several years, he has recently remained active in the international metal scene by guesting on albums by the likes of Jeff Loomis, Skyharbor and Firewind; by voicing the character of “Mr. Gojira” on Cartoon Network’s “Metalocalypse”; and through periodic tours outside of Japan, including a 22-country European trek with his solo band last year. PROSTHETIC is proud to further reintroduce North American audiences to FRIEDMAN – who some say is the best lead guitarist in the history of thrash metal.

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Date: 2012-06-13



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On Sunday, January 24 at 4 p.m., former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will make an in-depth presentation at the MIDEM music industry convention in Cannes, France, focusing on all things J-Pop (an abbreviation for Japanese pop, is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s) — the musical side as well as the business side — and in particular his unique place in the

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USA metal band Firewolfe has inked a deal with Japanese metal label Rubicon Music. The band’s self-titled debut album will be released in Japan in October. The Japanese version of the CD will include the special bonus track “Waiting for Daylight.”

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U.S. metal act Firewolfe has inked a deal with Japanese metal label Rubicon Music. The band’s self-titled debut album will be released in Japan this October. The Japanese version of the CD will include the special bonus track “Waiting for Daylight.”

“FireWolfe is an extremely exciting band and their future is assured,” said Geoff Gillespie, International A&R director for Rubicon Music. “It has been a long while since we have been lucky enough to hear a band with that special ‘it’ in such abundant quantities, and Rubicon music is proud and privileged to be associated with such an outstanding prospect.”

The track listing for the Japanese release is:

1. Air Attack
2. Unholy
3. FireWolfe
4. Armed Forces
5. Back from Hell
6. Wicked Words
7. Ice Wizard
8. Tempter
9. M.O.D.
10. Feel the Thunder
11. Waiting for Daylight (Japanese bonus track)

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BLOOD STAIN CHILD, Japanese cyber-melodeath band with contemporary Japanese music culture influences, will release its fifth album, “Epsilon”, on June 30 (July 1 in the U.K.) via Coroner Records in digipak format (with an exclusive bonus track) and digital download.

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Japanese music and fashion icon Yoshiki, is spearheading the Japan Relief Fundraising Auction (JRFA), a major celebrity auction to benefit the survivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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Japanese music/fashion icon, X JAPAN’s Yoshiki, co-produced and hosted “Asia Girls Explosion” on Sunday, March 6, an East-meets-West/fashion-meets-music event held at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, and rocker Marilyn Manson walked the runway.

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X JAPAN, the most successful rock band in Japanese history, and EMI Music have signed an exclusive three-year manufacturing and distribution agreement that will have EMI Label Services handle the band’s releases in North America.

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Japanese Voyeurs debut album ‘YOLK’ and a new single ‘MILK TEETH’ is coming soon, download the free SMOTHER track from the album, Japanese Voyeurs have got themselves an edgy sound and they not afraid to display some true rock n Roll spirit, I rather like this band, with a ballsy raw sound and a ‘in your face’ blonde fronting the band in the name of Romily, Japanese Voyeurs have got an interesting time ahead. Out on tour with ‘Young Guns’ watch out for them!

Japanese Voyeurs first single release came early last year with DUMB..

This band are growing up fast, catch them and hang on..
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