Crossfaith (クロスフェイス) is a Japanese heavy metal band from Osaka that was formed in 2006. The band released their first demo Blueprint of Reconstruction in 2008.[3] The band consists of vocalist Kenta Koie, guitarist Kazuki Takemura, Hiroki Ikegawa on bass guitar, drummer Tatsuya Amano and Terufumi Tamano on keyboards. They are characterized by a fusion of metal and hardcore with dubstep and other forms of electronic music, and for their intense live performances.

Crossfaith performing at Rock am Ring in 2014
Background information
OriginOsaka, Japan
Years active2006–present
Associated acts
  • Kenta Koie
  • Kazuki Takemura
  • Terufumi Tamano
  • Tatsuya Amano
  • Hiroki Ikegawa

They released their first studio album, The Artificial Theory for the Dramatic Beauty, through Zestone Records in 2009, and their second studio album The Dream, the Space in 2011 through Tragic Hero Records. Crossfaith then released their first EP Zion in September 2012, this acted as a promotional release to countries outside Japan.


Early history (2006–2012)

The band started when vocalist Kenta Koie, now guitarist Kazuki Takemura and turntablist Terufumi Tamano were in a nu metal band which they covered Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit songs.[4] This used to feature Kenta rapping as well as screaming.[4][5] After their cover band broke up Kenta wanted to start up a new metal band. To do this he asked drummer Tatsuya Amano, a fellow student at his school who was in Kenta's music club to audition. Amano's drum cover of Slipknot's "(sic)" impressed Kenta and the others so much they knew they wanted him a part of the band.[5] Turntablist Terufumi joined the new project with an inspiration from electronic dance music groups such as Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, Terufumi would work to connect his electronica inspirations with the heavy metal covers the band was doing at the time.[5] The band formed fuelled by their hatred of Japan's enormous pop music culture.[6]

In 2010, Koie was featured in Manafest's song "No Plan B" on Avalanche/No Plan B EP.

Also in 2010, the band covered the song "Omen" by The Prodigy which was featured as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Fearless Records' Punk Goes Pop Volume 03..

In their early touring history, they were supported by bands like Hatebreed, Machine Head, In This Moment, Bleeding Through, The Used, August Burns Red or Memphis May Fire.[7] In March 2011, Tragic Hero Records signed Crossfaith for an American release of their second album The Dream, the Space.[6][7]

Zion, international success and Apocalyze (2012–2014)

In 2012, Crossfaith's tour schedule for around the Europe expanded, supporting Of Mice & Men with Bury Tomorrow and later in the year supporting While She Sleeps alongside Bleed from Within and Polar in September.[8][9][10] In August the band went to Japan to play the Summer Sonic festival, the largest festival in the country, where they played at 3am to 10,000 people.[8]

In September 2012, the band released their first extended play Zion, used as an introductory sampler designed to break into a bigger market.[11] Zion was named after the human city in The Matrix film series.[12] The extended play revived a popular response from mainstream critics such as Kerrang! and The Sydney Morning Herald.[13][11] Three promotional videos spawned out of the promotion of the EP: music videos for "Monolith" and "Jägerbomb" and one typography style video for "Photosphere".[9][14][15] On 10 November the band performed at the Warped Tour 2012 at the Alexandra Palace in London on the 'Kevin Says Stage'.[16] The stage they played on was only a 500 capacity room but security had to block the entrance to the room as it exceeded capacity during their performance.[8][17] Their performance at the festival garnered a lot of attention for the band.[13]

On 4 February 2013, the Zion EP was released in Europe by Search and Destroy Records and just a few days after that the extended play was streamed online at SoundCloud.[18][19] Crossfaith performed at the Australian 2013 Soundwave festival for all 5 dates in: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth between 23 February and 4 March.[20] They have also announced Sidewaves shows prior to the festival dates with Periphery.[21] Just two days after their appearance in Australia the band is started their March tour across the United States in support of Enter Shikari and Architects.[22][23]

Then, in May the band is main supporting band on Bring Me the Horizon's headline tour of the United Kingdom.[14][24] After their tour with Bring Me the Horizon they performed two headline shows at the Barfly in London and the Sugarmill in Stoke supported by We Butter the Bread with Butter, but due to the success of the London show sold they upgraded the venue to the Camden Underworld.[25][26] Their performances were praised as offering "constant energy" and how Amano Tatsuya's drum solos were "stunning".[25] This show was at the Underworld just a year after their show there supporting Of Mice & Men.[5] Across July and August, Crossfaith was touring at the festival Warped Tour 2013 in United States and will perform at Reading and Leeds Festivals in the United Kingdom.[23][1] Crossfaith had released their third studio album Apocalyze in Japan on 4 September 2013 and on 9 September in the United Kingdom.[27][1] The album was recorded at Machine Shop Studios in New York City in January 2013 and will be released through Search and Destroy and Sony Music.[15][27][1] Prior to the release of Apocalyze, the band released three music videos: "We Are the Future", "Eclipse" and "The Evolution".[1]

Xeno and Ex Machina (2014–present)

On 8 October 2014, the band released a three track long single titled Madness. The track listing consists of the three songs: "Madness", "Dance with the Enemy", and "S.O.S.".[28] Crossfaith has also announced that they will be playing the entire Vans Warped Tour in 2015 for North America, as well as also playing SlamDunk Festival in the United Kingdom in the May of 2015. Crossfaith released their fourth studio album Xeno on 18 September 2015.

On 27 July 2016, the band released another three track long single titled New Age Warriors, featuring three new songs: "Rx Overdrive", which had an accompanying music video, "Kill 'Em All" and "Revolution".

In an interview with Dead Press! in April 2017, the band confirmed that they had two new singles ready for release for the summer, and that they planned to release the fifth studio album titled Ex Machina, which was released on 1 August 2018.[29]

Musical style

Crossfaith have used clean singing as far back as their first album, on the song "K". It is the only song on that album which uses clean vocals. On The Dream, the Space, they used clean vocals on the songs "Omen" and "Demise and Kiss", did not use any clean vocals on the Zion EP, and did on their third album Apocalyze on the songs "Eclipse", "Scarlett", "Only the Wise Can Control Our Eyes", and "Counting Stars". After Apocalyze, on the song "Madness", the majority of the song used clean vocals. On their fourth studio album, Xeno, most of the songs on this offering feature clean vocals. Crossfaith have also incorporated spoken word passages and whispers into their songs. A lot of their tracks are fully screamed, as opposed to other songs, where they use clean vocals more, which is much more common in their newer output. They have typically been labelled as electronicore,[3][11][30][31][23] due to their blend of influences from heavy metal,[7][11][23] electronica,[6][32][23] hardcore,[24] metalcore,[3][6][25][30][32] melodic death metal[33][34] and industrial metal.[15][30] The band's music is seen as a combination of metalcore instrumentation and vocals with keyboards and industrial synths.[13][32] They have been described as "Slipknot tearing the Prodigy limb from limb",[8][23] and have been seen as a fusion of "metal, dance beats, raging punk fury and an energy that's entirely Crossfaith's own".[35] The band has always wanted to write English lyrics as they felt their music is quite westernised.[23]

The band's EP Zion showcases their synthesiser dominated sound, particularly on "Monolith" showcasing "double-kick beats, rapid chugging riffs and atmospheric bursts".[32][6] While the party anthem "Jägerbomb" is seen as "pure Pantera groove metal with an underlying dash of synth" and is credited as solidifying Crossfaith's reputation as a party band.[36][24][5] The pace of the record slows with "Dialogue", a "techno-infused instrumental" interlude with a "slow, tense electronic beat".[6][37]

For their third album, Apocalyze, the band wrote lyrics which dealt with different subject matters. "We Are the Future" is written about bands who don't wish to sound like anything else which exists.[35] "Deathwish" is a fictional tale about a man who wishes to seek revenge on his girlfriend's killer and "Countdown to Hell" which is about being bullied when at school.[35][4] "Only the Wise Can Control Our Eyes" confronts the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and how the band believes the government is withholding information about the disaster from the public.[35][4] When commenting on the reasons behind writing about the disaster, Kenta said: "When I started writing the lyrics for the new album I thought I have to write about it for other Japanese people, but not really about [the] politics, [more] about the nuclear thing."[38]

Band members

Current members

  • Kenta Koie (小家 健太, Koie Kenta)lead vocals (2006–present)
  • Kazuki Takemura (武村 和樹, Takemura Kazuki)guitars (2006–present)
  • Terufumi Tamano (玉野 輝文, Tamano Terufumi)keyboards, programming, samples, backing vocals (2006–present); bass (2006–2008)
  • Tatsuya Amano (天野 達也, Amano Tatsuya)drums, percussion (2006–present)
  • Hiroki Ikegawa (池川 寛希, Ikegawa Hiroki) – bass (2008–present)

Touring musicians

  • Tama – guitars (2014–present)[39]
Live at Groezrock 2013, Belgium


Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 Crossfaith Best New Band[40] Nominated
2014 Crossfaith Best Breakthrough Band[41] Nominated
Kerrang! Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Crossfaith Best International Newcomer[42] Nominated
Alternative Press Music Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Crossfaith Best International Band[43] Nominated
2015 Crossfaith Best International Band[44] Nominated

Concert tours

Japanese tours

World tours


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