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.

Coldrain Announce Free Downloads + Pre-Order for New EP Now Open

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Coldrain - Through ClarityJapanese newcomers Coldrain are about to embark on a European tour with Bullet For My Valentine (along with a few UK headline shows), but before then they are offering music fans TWO free download tracks.

Currently the metalcore-influenced group are offering their track ‘Inside Of Me’ as a free download when you sign up to their mailing list by clicking here. Then, as a gift to all that pre-order their upcoming EP Through Clarity, get an instant free download of ‘Die Tomorrow’ taken from Coldrain’s 2010 Japan-only EP Nothing Lasts Forever. You can pre-order Through Clarity right now for £6.99 from Coldrain’s online merch shop.

In the meantime, here’s the latest video from the boys; ‘Behind The Curtain’.

Coldrain Confirms Three UK Headline Shows

coldrainAs we reported at the end of last year, the more-than-a-little-bit-wicked Coldrain are planning to break out of Japan in 2014. The first step of which involves touring Europe with Bullet For My Valentine (as reported here). However, before all that kicks off, the metalcore group has confirmed 3 headline shows in the UK!

It all kicks off with in London on Friday 31 January where they’ll headline at the Camden Barfly, followed by Thekla in Bristol on 1 February, and Red Room in Nottingham Sunday 2 February 2014. Tickets are on sale now, and can be bought in a bundle with merchandise (tshirts and/or hoodies!) from Coldrain’s newly opened online merch shop (visit by clicking here).

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]

Girugamesh: MONSTER – New Album Out Now!


It took its sweet time coming, but Girugamesh‘s sixth album has now been released in the UK and Europe courtesy of Gan Shin Records. It follows in the questionable footsteps of the band’s 2011 effort GO. Sure, single COLOR had its moments, but for the most part the whole album went the way of INOCHI NO KI and stripped the power and aggression that powered some of Girugamesh’s greats over the years. If you were looking for something to rival Break Down, Owari to Mirai and our personal favourite volcano, you’d probably GO [ahem] right off this album… thankfully, MONSTER redeems all the wrongs of recent years and brings the electro-metal quartet right back to their former glory.

The album starts in standard Girugamesh style (like most of Danger Crew’s releases for that matter) with an upbeat electronic track that leads directly the first proper song. The transition is perfect and Drain sets the pace for the rest of the record, as well as Girugamesh’s progression. It’s clear they’ve been listening to a bit of Skrillex recently, but that’s no bad thing. MONSTER’s electronic elements are their most mature, proper sounding efforts to date. If you felt some of their previous efforts fell flat, MONSTER’s electronic parts have found that much needed oomph. Similarly, production this time round is perhaps at the band’s most solid. The double kick pedal gives the kind of thick, deep thud that very few Japanese bands seems to achieve, while the lower end riffs on guitar and bass feel powerful yet clean. In a nutshell; this is the Girugamesh album we’ve all been waiting for for years. Let’s hope it persuades them to return to the UK for another live show soon.
Our top 3 tracks: takt, Live is Life, Drain.

MONSTER Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Drain (Music Video)
3. VOLTAGE
4. INCOMPLETE (Music Video)
5. Zantetsuken -MONSTER ver.- (Music Video)
6. antlion pit (Live Video)
7. Resolution
8. BAD END DREAM
9. Live is Life
10. Zecchou BANG!! -MONSTER ver.- (Music Video)
11. Another way
12. ALONE
13. Limit Break (European Bonus Track)
14. takt (European Bonus Track)

Buy from Amazon: European Special Edition, Digital Edition, Japanese Limited Edition.

Summary: MONSTER is a great album. If we had to compare it to anything, we’d say it falls somewhere between the GazettE and Crossfaith, while sounding nothing like either. Essentially it’s party metal with substance. 7/10

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