Japanese metal juggernauts Crossfaith have released their brand new album, EX_MACHINA, streaming now on Apple Music and Spotify. The album features cameos from Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds and industrial hip hoppers Ho99o9, and is a blistering and fast-paced adventure that transports listeners to a dystopian future. EX_MACHINA is out now via UNFD and can be purchased at: unfd.lnk.to/ex_machina.
On the new album, lead singer Kenta Koie shares: "After we released our last album XENO, we were thinking about what the next theme is for us. We decided on "Awake the individuality," because we're always trying to make new things and that's a big part of the band's attitude.
This album is a grave warning for our future, I hope you guys listen to this and think about what the meaning of this album is for you and feel how you feel through this album and start something for your future."
EX_MACHINA, the new album from Crossfaith, is a concept album set in an alternative near future in which the ruling class, known as Angels, maintain their world through artificial intelligence and other technology, which dehumanises people and effectively turns them into drones - as explained in the opening title track, "Deus Ex Machina."
The other 12 songs featured on the album represent the voice of the resistance - in the form of underdogs known as Demons. Kenta was inspired to include these figures by Devilman Crybaby, particularly on the Slipknot-esque "Catastrophe," the frantic, bloodcurdling "The Perfect Nightmare," and the epic assault of "Daybreak," rather than because they wanted to provide a comment on religion.
"There's no particular religious message," clarifies Ken. "In order to explore the dualism of humans, we decided to include Angels and Demons, which are opposing elements just like fire and water."
"Angels aren't necessarily good and demons aren't necessarily bad," he explains. "The most important theme is that we should never stop questioning the world around us."
EX_MACHINA is a relentless album that strives for the listener's attention, and is unquestionably the heaviest that Crossfaith have put their name to since forming in their native Osaka in 2006.
Since their inception, Crossfaith have been on the edge of a fusion of rock, metal, electronica and big ideas on their albums; and the edge of euphoria with their live shows. EX_MACHINA is the album on which they walk that fine, fiery line more skillfully and seismically than ever.
Crossfaith is back with EX_MACHINA, now available for purchase here: unfd.lnk.to/ex_machina.
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EX_MACHINA Track Listing:
1. Deus Ex Machina
3. The Perfect Nightmare
4. Destroy (ft. Ho99o9)
5. Freedom (ft. Rou Reynolds from Enter Shikari)
6. Make A Move
7. Lost In You
10. Eden In The Rain
11. Twin Shadows
13. Faint (ft. Masato from Coldrain)
Upcoming Tour Dates:
8/25 - Fukuoka @ Triangle '18
8/26 - Osaka @ RUSH BALL 2018
8/27 - Osaka @ Big Cat
8/29 - Nagoya @ NITROPOLIS vol. 1
8/30 - Tokyo @ NITROPOLIS vol. 1
8/31 - Tokyo @ NITROPOLIS vol. 1
9/8 - Gamagori @ TREASURE05X 2018
9/26 - St. Petersburg @ Clubzal
9/27 - Moscow @ RED Club
9/28 - Kiev @ BelEtage
9/30 - Zurich @ Dynamo
10/1 - Vienna @ Arena
10/2 - Leipzig @ Naumann's
10/3 - Hamburgh @ Logo
10/5 - Copenhagen@ Pumpehuset
10/6 - Berlin @ Bi Nuu
10/8 - Cologne @ Gebaude 9
10/9 - Munich @ Backstage
10/10 - Strasbourg @ La Laiterie
10/12 - Utrecht @ Tivoli
10/13 - Bristol @ Marble Factory
10/15 - Glasgow @ Garage
10/16 - Nottingham @ Rock City
10/17 - Manchester @ Academy 2
10/19 - London @ Electric Ballroom
10/20 - Sheffield @ Plug
10/21 - Dublin @ Academy Green Room
10/27 - Fukushima @ HIP SHOT
10/28 - Kanagawa @ BAYHALL
11/8 - Niigata @ LOTS
11/10 - Hokkaido @ ZEPP SAPPORO
11/14 - Kagawa @ OLIVE HALL
11/16 - Osaka @ NAMBA HATCH
11/20 - Shizuoka @ MADOWAKU
11/22 - Aichi @ ZEPP NAGOYA
11/25 - Uchino-Sendai @ SENDAI PIT
11/30 - Tokyo @ SHINKIBA STUDIO COAST
12/8 - Hiroshima @ CLUB QUATTRO
12/9 - Fukuoka @ DRUM LOGOS
12/15 - Okinawa @ MUSIC TOWN OTOICHIBA