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Crossfaith – Species

Osaka, Japan’s Crossfaith announced the release of a brand new EP on May 22nd through UNFD, titled ‘Species’, the five-track offering features recent single, ‘Endorphin’, as well as new track ‘Digital Parasite’. It’s no denying that the members of are big fans of Crossfaith’s work seeing how we’ve been and reviewed multiple shows and their last album Ex_Machina and are extremely excited about the new EP release coming soon. We already got the change to listen to the new tracks and dear god are we impressed by it. We already played Endorphin many times after hearing them play it live and Digital Parasite when they released the new music video.
The opening track ‘Digital Parasite’ sees the band getting “dirty and heavy. I felt an explosion from the song and I knew the lyrics should be aggressive and offensive” starts vocalist Kenta Koie as the band look at “people selling their soul to get fame. We need to be honest to the music, to ourselves and to our audience but some people are happy to start cheating and I don’t care for it”.
 “Playing heavy music is how I feel alive. We want Crossfaith to be the band making music that no one has ever heard before”. And from the opening battle cry of ‘Digital Parasite’ through the unifying anthem of ‘Truth of Insanity’ to ‘Your Song’s glitching sorrow, their ‘SPECIES EP’ sees them breaking new ground.
The industrial rave of ‘Endorphin’ is about finding yourself in a world that makes you doubt everything and champions the idea of facing those questions head on while Truth of Insanity’ is a call to arms. “In Japan, there are so many contradictions from the government. There will always be a minority of people who only think about themselves but we can fight. We can think. This song is a trigger to start a war against the world of contradiction”.
 Crossfaith have a history of working with their peers, Enter Shikari, Beartooth and Ho99o9 have all appeared on previous releases, but there are more new adventures to be had on ‘SPECIES EP’. ‘None of Your Business’ sees them team up with Jin Dogg, a rapper from their hometown of Osaka for an explosion meeting of minds. “That song’s about straight up anger. So many people are fuelled by jealousy and I know the most important thing is to push forward but those people bother me, so this song is about telling them to shut their fucking mouth. It’s very straight forward” he grins. “Plus you can learn Japanese from Jin Dogg’s verse”.            
The closing track on the EP is ‘Your Song’. No, not an Elton John cover but “the most emotional Crossfaith song of all time. It’s about the emptiness and sorrow of a time that will not return,” whether that’s death or the loss of a friendship or a lover. “It’s about farewell. I feel sadness but those emotions make me strong and teach me to not take things for granted. It’s not a ballad but it is a very beautiful song. I think people will be surprised by it”.
And surprising people is exactly what Crossfaith want to do, even after eleven years of making music. “That’s the main role of the band” promises Ken. “I hope” he continues before deciding on a more forceful word “Actually, I believe this EP will set the course for the band for the next ten years. We’ve already started making more new music. We’re not going to stop”.

Crossfaith – Species

1. Digital Parasite
2. Endorphin
3. Truth Of Insanity
4. None Of Your Business (feat. Jin Dogg)
5. Your Song
Release date: May 22, 2020
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Our opinion

And we can do nothing but agree with them, Crossfaith have been changing and evolving their sound with every album since their start in 2006 and Ex_Machina set the trend for the sound they’re chasing now. Though its only five songs, Species gives off the vibes of a new futuristic world and each song has it’s own strength and power. As said by the band, Digital Parasite starts off raw and hard metal combined with catchy EDM and gives of the perfect vibe for a massive moshpit. Endorphin, we know from the shows, is a track that gives you the chance for everything. Screaming along, headbanging and moshing as hard as you can with it’s awesome riff and the melodic chorus.


Slamming right into Truth Of Insanity with fast riffs and another melodic chorus and two stepping into the moshpit, their sound is a bit deeper than the previous two songs and it gets harder as the the song progresses. None of Your Business is a collab between Crossfaith and Osaka rapper Jin Dogg, it’s the perfect hip hop metal collaboration, raw riffs and metalcore drums. it’s a fuck you to the world, telling them it’s not your business! I like how Jin Doggs voice is raw and matches perfectly with the feeling of the song, if not creating the angry feeling of the song. Your Song is described as an emotional song but it starts up with a catchy beat and it’s really the lyrics that makes this song sad as the instrumental part are quite rough and angry, expressing the anger one can feel after losing a loved one to death or heartbreak. It fits perfect on the album with the much more aggressive tunes it holds and I hope that the fans feel the same about these tracks and just like us will play them constantly and we’re excited for the pandemic to be over and allow all of us to go crazy during their shows again.


Rating 9/10

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