Crossfaith SPECIES EP Review
Crossfaith the Japanese hardcore outfit are back with a new EP. SPECIES is a five-track EP that delivers the bands best ad leaves you wanting more. I’ve been a huge fan of the hardcore outfit since their first release but it’s always their EPs that keep me coming back and SPECIES is no exception.
Lead single Digital Parasite opens things with a burst of Crossfaith’s signature combination of EDM, Metal, and hardcore. The aggression from vocalist Kenta Koie continues throughout the EP. Endorphin follows is sonic bliss from the modulated vocals to the killer riff. The track is a powerhouse and the melodic hook for the chorus just adds another plinth for the track to stand on.
The first two tracks have been EDM heavy, Truth of Insanity strips that back. Here Crossfaith brings the metal riffs and moshpit ready chorus. Kazuki Takemura kills it on guitar with killer riffs in the chorus.
SPECIES features one guest vocalist Osaka-based rapper Jin Dogg on None of Your Business. Dogg’s vocals are a nice change of pace from the fast-aggressive metal. The riffs are still aplenty but it’s Tetsuya Amano on drums who shines here.
Your Song concludes the EP in the same way is begun. Kenta brilliantly switches from screams to melodic verses that elevate the track. Terufumi ‘Teru’ Tamano on keyboard is fantastic and cuts through the bass from Hiroki ‘Hiro’ Ikegawa and Kazuki on guitar. The pacing here is fantastic with each track flowing beautifully from the next.
Japan is a powerhouse when it comes to metal From Babymetal to Lovebites to Band-Maid. Crossfaith has managed to carve their name in that ever-growing list and stay there with mammoth releases from Albums to EPs. SPECIES is one of the strongest EPs of 2020 and would make for a killer set when touring resumes.