Crossfaith – The Evolution Video Revealed

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Rising Japanese metalcore force Crossfaith dropped the official music video to The Evolution, taken from their latest album APOCALYZE. The video packs pyrotechnics, bearded hacker-types from the future and a retro-esque stormtrooper look-a-like baddy that’s going around slapping stickers on young ladies’ lips. The nerve…

Currently Crossfaith are on tour of the UK with Limp Bizkit as part of the Kerrang! Tour 2014, and will return this summer for the Download Festival.

FEAR FROM THE HATE Rave It Up With New Single – Out Across Europe

FEAR FROM THE HATE

[L to R:] Sohei (bass), Lidy (vocals), Kouichi (guitar, programming)

FEAR FROM THE HATE - SilverwalkerFEAR FROM THE HATE have been representing Japan’s metalcore scene for the past few years, regularly playing the country’s festivals for loud music, including SCREAM OUT FEST, MOSH IT LOUD and GEKI ROCK, often accompanied with foreign bands. Now the fierce electronic-metal trio are taking the first step at breaking out of Japan by signing with OKAMI Records for a European release of their latest single Silverwalker, out from digital outlets from 15 January 2014.

The group’s biggest success so far has been the music video to their early song PAINT A TRIP PARTY, produced with the maxilla team (they also did Crossfaith’s Omen video, NOISE MAKER’s NEW ERA PV, and plenty of others). The video, right at this very moment, has achieved a mighty 900,000+ views. Click the song title to have a watch. The band themselves say the PV features ‘dance, heavy music, and pop culture with an original Japanese flair’, which also acts as a pretty accurate description of FEAR FROM THE HATE’s sound too.

We’re looking forward to see how their upcoming album shapes up, and cross our fingers for a European tour sometime soon. Until then, here’s the lyric video Silverwalker:

JPU Tom’s Top 5 Albums of 2013

JPU TomIf you’ve been following Japan Underground this month, you’ll have seen we’ve been talking to the staff at JPU Records on their favourite albums of the year, Japanese or otherwise. Today’s the last of these features as we check out the five biggest albums of the year according to JPU and Japan Underground founder and head honcho, Tom Smith. Any words on the selection, Tom? “Circles and triangles were in this year when it came to cover design, weren’t they? Anyway, a number of people ask me what kind of stuff I listen to outside of ‘work’ – this should give you an idea! I had to be careful not to fill this list entirely with JPU releases… so I’ve been good and only included one… and it’s also my favourite album this year.”

Ling tosite sigure – i’mperfect
Ling tosite sigure“This album. It’s not only at the top of my personal five favourite albums of 2013, it’s also in my top ten albums this side of the millennium. It took me well over a year for the LTS sound to click with me, but once it did, I was HOOKED. I’mperfect reminds me a lot of another favourite album of mine; Relationship of Command from At The Drive-In (listen on Spotify) – yet Sigure sound nothing like ATDI, but the energy of that album is present here too. Scratch that, imagine Relationship of Command condensed to 4 minutes and you have Ling tosite sigure’s ‘Sitai miss me’. My only problem with this album is that it’s over far too soon.”
Outsanding tracks: abnormalize, Beautiful Circus.
Buy from Amazon: Regular Edition, Digital Edition
Buy direct from JPU Records (worldwide shipping)

Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
Bring Me The Horizon“BMTH first appeared on my radar years back when friends were going crazy over ‘Pray for Plagues’ and ‘[I Used to Make Out With] Medusa’. I didn’t really get the fuss, but that didn’t stop them ramming BMTH down my throat for the next few years… as a result I never really looked into the band much, which, looking back, is a shame. It was thanks to a different force shoving BMTH my way that I did eventually get into them; Youtube, with its barrage of Sempiternal ads earlier this year. I decided to listen on Spotify, and then buying the album after my month’s listening limit was used up just from playing it over and over. It still gets a lot of play today too.”
Outstanding tracks: Can You Feel My Heart, Shadow Moses.
Buy from Amazon: Regular Edition, Vinyl Edition, Digital (Deluxe) Edition.

Enter Shikari – Rat Race EP
Enter Shikari“Much like Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari are another band my friends have been going bonkers about for years, especially as they’re local boys. I’d seen more than my fair share of human pyramids at Shikari shows over the years  but never felt the need to buy an album. That was until I heard RADIATE on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show. In fact, RADIATE is probably my favourite song this year, from anyone. I love it and it always lifts my mood. From there I worked backwards, and a month later I was the proud owner of all of Enter Shikari’s studio albums. Now they’re one of my favourite bands, and if this was a list of top 5 albums listened to during 2013, Enter Shikari’s A Flash Flood of Colour would be number one by a long way.”
Outstanding Tracks: RADIATE, Paddington Frisk.
Buy from Amazon: Digital Version

crossfaithCrossfaith – Zion EP
“Yep, the EP and not APOCALYZE, their newest album. That’s not to say APOCALYZE isn’t  a lot of fun – it’s just too much for me. It’s like eating chocolate cake, with a side helping of chocolate cake, with extra chocolate cake on top. Sure, I live chocolate cake but in moderation, man… Zion, is just the right length, and full of nothing but killer tune after killer tune. I’m listening to it while I write this and I want to go out and jump around.”
Outstanding tracks: Jagerbomb, Monolith.
Buy from Amazon: Regular VersionDigital Version, +1 Import Version

NOISEMAKERNOISEMAKER – DOUBLE COLOR SHEEP
“I went to a live show severely hungover while in Tokyo, just to see my mate’s band Silhouette from the Skylit support the amazing JAWEYE. Except, for some reason JAWEYE was on first and I totally missed them from rolling in late… instead NOISEMAKER were headlining, and despite hurting from the night before, their live set brought me back to life and rocking down the front with everyone else. They gave me their album, and I haven’t stopped listening to it since. They remind me a bit of what would happen if SPYAIR went heavier… mixed with the stuff I used to listen to as a teenager. Anyway, awesome band, and now I’m seriously thinking about releasing this album in Europe – so do tell me what you think and have a listen to the tracks I link below. Plus their cover of Rhianna’s Rude Boy is also genius.”
Outstanding tracks: THE NEW ERA, platinum shoes.
Buy from iTunes

Coldrain Ready to go Global – European Support Tour Confirmed, UK Tour in the Pipeline for 2014

With the success of metalcore act Crossfaith creating circle pits around the world (next stop, the UK for the Kerrang Tour 2014!), attention is suddenly on Japan as fans search for similar bands from the east to quench their thirst for high-energy metal. The next to land a big international management deal is one of our favourite bands from Nagoya; Coldrain. They’ve just been snapped up by Raw Power Management, joining the ranks alongside Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, and – perhaps not surprising – Crossfaith.

“We are honoured to become part of the Raw Power family along with all these killer bands and awesome people,” states Coldrain vocalist Masato Hayakawa. “We can’t wait to finally be releasing our music worldwide tour the world. We our totally stoked to be taking this step and can’t wait meet you all!”

Masato won’t have too long to wait to meet you all – Coldrain will be supporting Bullet For My Valentine on their European tour through February and March 2014! They’ll join the Welsh metallers on 21 of their European dates, the full schedule for Coldrain is below.

Coldrain have also announced that their new album will receive a worldwide release, and a tour of the UK is currently in the works.

04.02.2014 – Rock Box, Luxembourg [LUXEMBOURG]
05.02.2014 – Olympia, Paris [FRANCE]
07.02.2014 – 013, Tilburg [NETHERLANDS]
08.02.2014 – Hyde Park, Osnabrueck [GERMANY]
09.02.2014 – Ab, Brussels [BRUSSELS]
10.02.2014 – Palladium, Cologne [GERMANY]
12.02.2014 – Komplex, Zurich [GERMANY]
13.02.2014 – Alcatraz, Milan [ITALY]
15.02.2014 – Gasometer, Vienna [ITALY]
16.02.2014 – Roxy, Prague [CZECH REPUBLIC]
17.02.2014 – Tonhalle, Munich [GERMANY]
19.02.2014 – Stodola, Warsaw [POLAND]
20.02.2014 – Haus Auensee, Leipzig [GERMANY]
22.02.2014 – Posthalle, Wuerzburg [GERMANY]
23.02.2014 – Schlachthof, Weisbaden [GERMANY]
24.02.2014 – Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg [GERMANY]
26.02.2014 – Tradgarn, Gothenburg [SWEDEN]
28.02.2014 – Pakkahoune, Tampere [FINLAND]
01.03.2014 – Circus, Helsinki [SWEDEN]
03.03.2014 – Arenan, Stockholm [SWEDEN]
04.03.2014 – Rockefeller, Oslo [NORWAY]

Crossfaith Countdown to Hell With New Video

Japan’s hottest metalcore export have unleashed their brand new music video Countdown to Hell, featuring footage of their time at the Warped Tour 2013. Crossfaith’s homepage claims that the band has a growing reputation as ‘the world’s must see  live act’ and they will ‘get your blood pumping like a porn star on heat’, and this video is further validation exactly why that is. Highlights include the presumable death of this poor chap in the middle, Terufumi doing the Charleston and this crowd. However, we highly recommend you get yourself to the nearest live venue with them playing to check them out for yourself. Thankfully, that won’t be too far away; they’re back in the UK in February for the Kerrang Tour 2014! Best book up quick, it’s selling out fast…

Crossfaith’s latest album APOCALYZE is out now and available from Amazon on CD or MP3.

In the meantime, here’s that new video:
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