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.
This is an exciting time to be a Crossfaith fan, they've always utilised EPs as a way of testing the waters of their massive international fanbase with their next musical direction. That's not to say 'Endorphin' and 'Digital Parasite' are huge leaps away from their Electronicore sound (the fusion of Metalcore and Electronic genres), they are more of a redirection to the next era of Crossfaith as a band, and it's angry.
'Digital Parasite' is more aggressive than most of Crossfaith's previous tracks, it can be heard in both the lyrics and music, and I'm not surprised since 'Parasite' is all about people selling their souls out for even just a little bit of fame.
Singer Kenta Koie goes all out on the song too, mixing it up with his passion filled screams, clean vocals and even a Trap style rap around half way through, while the rest of the band (Kazuki Takemura - Guitars, Terufumi Tamano - DJ, Tatsuya Amano - Drums, Hiroki Ikegawa - Bass) try everything in their musical arsenal to come across as ominous as possible, which they do easily.
Crossfaith very quickly became one of my favourite bands after my discovery of them when EX_MACHINA dropped back in August of 2018, and it's easy to see why. They have an amazing work ethic, all their tracks are written with one thought in their minds, "Will this tune go off live?", which helps explain why their concerts are second to none, and their albums not only kick arse musically, but a couple of them have complex concepts also.
Add all this together and you have an amazing and hard working band, one that has no intention of slowing down anytime soon, with Kenta Koie saying "I believe this EP will set the course for the band for the next ten years. We've already started making more new music. We're not going to stop"...
In that case, I'm looking forward to the next ten years.