Crossfatih @ Brixton Electric, 31/03/16

10 out of 10

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Japanese metal monsters Crossfaith are back in the UK with support from one of the UK’s best young bands The One Hundred and The Qemistis, It’s a winning combination.

London based The One Hundred incorporate elements of metal, hip hop and rock. The One Hundred are one of those bands that do not fit into any genre, they fuse metal, hardcore, hip-hop and electronica into a package that is pretty much unique. Highlights of the set included the songs Kingsmen and Downfall from their Subculture E.P. which both have just the right balance of singalong melody and crushing raw energy.

The One Hundred smashed their way through a 10-song set with the energy and precision that would shame many a long-standing band. 9/10

When it comes to making an entrance, The Qemists certainly don’t keep their fans waiting. No time was wasted as the band open their set with a venomous energy. Vocalists Olly Simmons and Bruno Balanta combining gravely screams with fast paced rap-style vocals – because, in this day in age, who wants just one genre of music?

Variety doesn’t go amiss throughout the set. When performing song Anger, Koie Kenta from Crossfaith leaped on to the stage to sing his parts, the crowd went crazy and danced even harder than before. Energetic instrumental, Stompbox also a crowd-pleaser of the evening. With the cleverly synchronised stage lights and frontman Balanta’s encouragement, the crowd quite literally tear the place down – something that is of a standard procedure in the world of dubstep. When it comes to instrumental talent, I would say the band are in check. 9/10

The warning announcement before the show said it all:

“Don’t forget to stretch your neck for some head-banging.

Don’t be a pussy, get down to the front and wake the fuck up.”

And like that, with a countdown of 2 minutes, Crossfaith jumped straight into their banging set.

The whole band is a study in energetic output. The crowd are explosive and Crossfaith react with more energy than ever. The deal is, when Crossfaith play you don’t know where to look. Your focus shifts from player to player as the team flashes through a flawless set.  The sound was absolutely impeccable and this was metal played as it should be, loud enough to shake the rafters. Between keyboard player Tamano Terufumi jumping into the crowd second song in, bassist Ikegawa Hiroki, better known as Hiero, playing on top of speakers taking swigs of rum, Crossfaith aren’t like most other bands.

The Japanese mob are on ferocious form from the second they take to the stage, Frontman Kenta Koie immediately charged to the front barrier, keen to get up close and personal.

At this point in their career, CROSSFAITH have a fair amount of strong material to choose from; riff-fuelled party anthem Jägerbomb which is omitted from their set tonight. In their place though, are the best cuts from the band’s fourth album XENO. The likes of Ghost In The Mirror and Wildfire.

By the time the band reach the final song of their set, the chants of “Cross-faith, Cross-faith, Cross-faith” from the audience are near-deafening. Amano Tatsuya’s takes the stage performing a killer drum solo which left EVERYONE breathless and impressed, Crossfaith are one surprise after the other.

The band then launch into two of their biggest hits: their genre-melding cover of Omen by THE PRODIGY, and their own Monolith ­– the track which, for many, will have been their introduction to the Japanese titans.

If they continue their rise, the band could well become the biggest phenomenon in global metal the world has seen in years. 10/10


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