The introductory sampler that stood the test of time.
For our very first review of Ronon’s Reviews 2.0 I’ve decided you guys need to know more about Crossfaith, and as you seasoned readers will know, is one of my favourite acts since I discovered their epic EX_MACHINA album last year. But today I’ll be taking you back to 2012, the 20th of June to be exact, when they released the EP Zion.
Beforehand, Crossfaith had huge success in their homeland of Japan but wanted to break into the international markets, enter Zion, the perfect promotional tool that led to a larger fan base than ever and when you listen to the 6 track EP, it’s not hard to understand why.
Zion doesn’t feature any clean vocals at all and showcases the band’s synthesiser dominated sound, which mixes perfectly with the chugging Metalcore riffs and the double kick beats; exhibit A is the epic opener ‘Monolith’ a track that never fails to get me moving.
While ‘Jägerbomb’ sounds like Panera style Groove Metal with just more than a hint of underlying synth to give it some extra pep. ‘Jägerbomb’ is the one track that confirmed Crossfaith’s reputation as a bit of a party band and goes hard as nails: best served live!
The whole EP isn’t just balls to the wall Metalcore, it slows things down with ‘Dialogue’, a techno infused instrumental interlude with a tense electronic beat that’s hard to dislike, even for me.
Following Zion’s release it got plenty of airplay throughout the world and garnered critical acclaim everywhere it was heard, pushing the band’s stock through the roof and opening them up to the rest of the globe. Crossfaith already had a decent foreign fan base thanks to tireless touring, but now it was truly massive.
After seven years it's still an amazing EP that showcases this group’s unlimited natural talent, and its tracks still feature on Crossfaith’s live setlists. Something tells me we’ll still be listening to Zion for a very long time to come.
Written by Dan, who is happy to be back!
I found it really hard to choose just one track off Zion, so have both 'Monolith' and Jägerbomb', you can thank me later!