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Crystal Lake - ‘True North’

Tomas Doyle
Tomas Doyle 26 January 2017 at 17.05

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It's time to take over the world.

Though they’ve existed since 2002, it’s only now that Japan’s Crystal Lake are making a serious bid to extend the success they enjoy in their homeland to the rest of the world.

They do this most compellingly on ‘True North’ when dishing out apoplectic mosh-starters like ‘Omega’ and ‘Six Feet Under’ – frontman Ryo Kinoshita leading proceedings with a gritty bark.

On a few occasions – especially in the album’s latter half – there are the odd lumpen lyrics and some baffling, EDM-tinged production choices, but in general this is solid stuff, worthy of global recognition.

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