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.
This isn't surprising, Crossfaith have used EPs in their recent past, as a way of marketing themselves to the world (Zion = massive success), or to test new music with fans. As I've mentioned above, Species is a case of the second option, but rest assured, Species is still Electronicore for the most part, but the band are playing around with it.
The boys have made their songs a little heavier, and shockingly enough to me... dropped the concept aspect! and are instead focusing on making stronger (on their own) songs. During an interview with Rock Sound Kenta was quoted "The experience of doing that was actually really nice because with putting a concept together it's hard to actually finish it. There are barriers that have specific links to the concept you're building. This time though it was much more free. Music is there for thinking and the inspiration always comes from the soul. This EP is more pure because of that compared to what we have done on our previous albums."
The five tracks that make up Species are all different in their own right, while still having that overall Electronicore sound. First we have 'Digital Parasite' with its Industrial style Techno intro and screamo chorus, the tune shows off that the band can swap styles mid song and make it work.
Next we have the mini rave, also known as 'Endorphin', the mixing of Electro and Metal is done amazingly well, you can see why they went with this as the lead single. Now we move onto the previously unreleased content, starting with 'Truth Of Insanity', this track has some seriously awesome double kicks that pairs well with the riffs and minimal synths, add the easily sung along to chorus and we have a banger begging to be preformed live!
Next we have my personal favourite off Species, and if you know me well, you'll see why; 'None Of Your Business' (featuring Jin Dogg) for me is a massive throwback to the awesome and dark days of the Noughties, it has a huge Nu-Metal presence, especially with the fellow Osaka musician, rapper Jin Dogg and is just aggressive as fuck. The perfect example of the sub-sub-genre of Nu-Metalcore.
Finally we round things off with 'Your Song' which sounds a lot like their older Metalcore style, but not quite at the same time. They've taken a small synth filled side step away, but the important thing is, 'Your Song' isn't just a rehash of their previous material, but something fresh, an awesome closer to boot also.
"...[Crossfaith] are using Species to try new music and it will pave the future of the band's sound..."
I've noticed that on their social media, Crossfaith have been asking fans what their favourite track is, at first I thought they were just trying to get their content noticed and perhaps even seen by new listeners. But then I realised that Crossfaith aren't like that, and then it hit me, they actually want to know what fans are loving.
They said themselves that they are using Species to try new music and it will pave the future of the band's sound, they truly want to know which, of these slightly different tracks the fans love, and will likely go more in that direction. A band that actually gives the fans what they want? genius!