Japan is an untapped mine of musical gold and my latest find is no exception.
It's no secret that I love my J-Core, you guys see it almost every week, but I can't help if the bands of this genre kick some serious arse. Meet MAKE MY DAY, a Japanese Metalcore, Post-Hardcore and to some degrees, Nu-Metalcore (though some people call it Trancecore) act out of Tokyo, who prior to the Coronavirus outbreak were heading for a massive year.
They dropped their second full length album Mind Haven on the 29th of January before announcing a pretty sizeable tour in support of it, sadly that all went to shit, which is a massive shame for the world.
The end of an era, marks the beginning of a new one with Species.
Ever since Crossfaith announced their Species EP back in April, I've been crawling the walls in anticipation. The Japanese five piece have never released anything short of amazing, and I could feel that this brief record would follow suit. Also I was more than a little curious of the band's attempt to broaden their horizons, since lead singer Kenta Koie had confirmed that Species was going in a new direction musically.
I had an inkling that Crossfaith would drop something this year, and it turns out I was right. The Japanese Electronicore group won't be releasing an album though, but rather an EP titled Species on the 22nd of May, hence the singles 'Endorphin' back in Feb and 'Digital Parasite' on Thursday.
Enter Shikari are one of those bands that never fails to excite me when they release new music, simply because they don't do the same thing twice and are always experimenting. It also helps that their lyrics are very political and thought provoking.
Well, that didn't take long...
We reported in the 'Albums Dan is looking forward to in 2020' list that Crossfaith was up to something, well it turns out we didn't have long to wait as they dropped the track 'Endorphin' on the 6th of February to their fanbase's delight.