“In Japan, the taboos are off! […]You can have songs that sound like Barry Manilow next to songs that sound like Fight Fire with Fire!” – Marty Friedman, Global Metal
Never has a truer statement been spoken. The Japanese seem to have a knack for taking aspects of a genre that go together like a cobra in a mongoose habitat, and are able to make them sound awesome! Unlike their American counterparts, most Japanese bands successfully combine electronic music with heavy metal. It works surprisingly well, whether it’s the neon-rave fuelled pump of Blood Stain Child or the Korn meets Rancid vibe given off by Maximum the Hormone, you are bound to enjoy what comes through the speakers.
The same can be said for Crossfaith. Having recently shot to fame, and toured with Bring Me The Horizon (I know, but don’t judge them just yet), Crossfaith have all the materials ready to take on the global metal community. “Eclipse” is the first single off of the upcoming “Apocalyze” (again, don’t judge just yet). If Metal had a “party” alternative, this would be it. “Eclipse” starts off with an almost Euro-pop beat, the kind you’d expect to hear in the back of a Persian guy’s car (probably a white BMW). Once the guitar’s kick-in, guys like me feel like pricks for making that Euro-pop reference. It’s almost reminiscent of Papa Roach, only with harsher vocals (not difficult considering that Jacoby Shaddix’s voice can only be heard by bats).
Hell, there’s even a bass-drop, not something that you’d (nor should you expect) to hear in a metal song. I do admit that the song is a bit synth heavy, and the riffs written by guitarist, Kazu could use more of the limelight. But, all in all, I’m weirdly curious about “Apocalyze.” Crossfaith have proved themselves as quite experimental, so this leaves a completely open playing field for the album. Of course this pendulum could go either way, and slice my thoughts up in the process, but who doesn’t like a bit of Euro-pop? (I’ll tell you who, metal fans).
I’m rating “Eclipse” with a:
“Eclipse” – 3/5
“Apocalyze” is out on the 4th of September via Search and Destroy