"Right now we can't tour outside Japan, but we hope you guys can keep jamming this track until we're back on the road.”
Crossfaith are back with another new track and continue to prove what a versatile and vital band they are.
It's called 'RedZone' and has all the hallmarks of a Crossfaith classic. With the whizz and bang of the synths, the destructive riffs and the sort of chorus designed to get lodged right in the middle of your head, it's a fast and furious slice of arena-ready metal.
The band had this to say about where the song originated:
"We're so excited about RedZone. We wrote it for a video game, based on one of Japan’s most famous military sci-fi anime series, GUNDAM. The world is still fighting with COVID-19, and right now we can't tour outside Japan, but we hope you guys can keep jamming this track until we're back on the road.”
It follows on from 'Dead Or Alive' which was released back in February:
The band released an EP last year called 'SPECIES', which included the incredible 'Endorphin'. That sounds like this:
We chatted to vocalist Ken Koie around its release all about what it represents for the band. You can read the full piece HERE but here's a little snippet:
With this being a new chapter for Crossfaith, it’s amazing seeing the journey the band has taken over the years. How do you feel the time you’ve spent in the band has helped you feel comfortable in expressing yourself in this way now?
“This EP really does feel like we’ve started again from scratch. We’ve been doing the band for like 15 years and we already have our musical style. Though this time we’ve made our own label and our manager has also started his own management company. This time around feels a lot more comfortable. We have to take responsibility of our music, which is nothing but a good thing. I’m 32 now and I need to think about my future as well as my band’s future. We don’t want to let our lives belong to other people. We should have our own life. That’s one of the main reasons why we’ve gone independent.”
When you’ve been doing things for so long, it’s natural to want everything to be on your terms….
“Exactly. We just want us to do what we love. We’re now able to create music more comfortably as well as reach more people than ever before. It’s like when a teenager leaves their parent’s house to start a new life. It’s scary but it means they can learn new skills. It’s very freeing. Nobody is going to judge us. We’re the only ones who can judge us and make these decisions. Everything about this situation is good for me and for the boys.”
Crossfaith has always been a place where you can lose yourself as much as find yourself. It feels as though this EP, along with that newfound freedom, has brought together all those elements in the purest form…
“Exactly. This feels more primitive. We don’t need to hurry anymore to make music, but saying that we just feel even more creativity when it comes to making new music, which is just the best feeling. That’s why when we talk about ‘Species’, [we talk] like it’s our secret weapon.”