It’s been a couple of weeks between drinks, we apologise for that. The Music Industry is still slugging along but we’re starting to see evidence of new albums in the making and the possibility of some surprises soon. Unfortunately, though we have to wait a bit longer to find out when we can properly enjoy live music again.
In the meantime, we spoke to Japanese Hardcore/Industrial/Metalcore band about their latest EP which is absolutely smashing. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing the Japanese live music scene, particularly the underground, you would have experienced some technically proficient artists in some quite obscure venue locations. Crossfaith are no stranges to that scene but now they are rising and reaching across the World in style, in their own way.
The past couple of years have seen some major changes for Crossfaith. While the band has continued to build a strong fanbase they decided to leave the label that they had been with for a number of years and set up their own label in Japan [the legends at UNFD look after distribution and publicity]. While that kind of decision sounds like it would lead to great stress I recently found out while chatting to the band’s front-man Kenta Kole that it has made them feel like they were working with a blank canvas as they prepared to work on their new Species EP which is out tomorrow.
Read or listen to the full Crossfaith interview.
Another new release titled Rise Radient comes out tomorrow which is by Caligula’s Horse. Described by Metal V, one of our HEAVY Reviewers, as “…their heaviest and most ambitious album by far. Rise Radiant is en-lightened beauty mirroring dark reflection.”
Lead vocalist, Jim Gray, elaborated on the album, “At the very beginning of the album process, I know we discussed something similar to this the last time we chatted on In Contact (2017). We definitely want to take a step away from what we have just done. We don’t want to repeat ourselves! At the beginning of the process, the big decision we made was that it wasn’t going to be a concept album. You know In Contact being what it was, big huge concept album, lots of different chapters, lots of different characters. with Rise Radiant we set that aside and said: ‘what’s the big difference for this one?'”
Read or listen to the full Caligula’s Horse interview.