Osaka, Japan’s Crossfaith have today announced the release of a brand new EP on May 22nd through UNFD, titled ‘Species’, the five-track offering features recent single, ‘Endorphin’, as well as today’s new track ‘Digital Parasite’.
The opening track ‘Digital Parasite’ sees the band getting “dirty and heavy. I felt an explosion from the song and I knew the lyrics should be aggressive and offensive” starts vocalist Kenta Koie as the band look at “people selling their soul to get fame. We need to be honest to the music, to ourselves and to our audience but some people are happy to start cheating and I don’t care for it”.
“Playing heavy music is how I feel alive. We want Crossfaith to be the band making music that no one has ever heard before”. And from the opening battle cry of ‘Digital Parasite’ through the unifying anthem of ‘Truth of Insanity’ to ‘Your Song’s glitching sorrow, their ‘SPECIES EP’ sees them breaking new ground.
The industrial rave of ‘Endorphin’ is about finding yourself in a world that makes you doubt everything and champions the idea of facing those questions head on while ‘Truth of Insanity’ is a call to arms. “In Japan, there are so many contradictions from the government. There will always be a minority of people who only think about themselves but we can fight. We can think. This song is a trigger to start a war against the world of contradiction”.
The closing track on the EP is ‘Your Song’. No, not an Elton John cover but “the most emotional Crossfaith song of all time. It’s about the emptiness and sorrow of a time that will not return,” whether that’s death or the loss of a friendship or a lover. “It’s about farewell. I feel sadness but those emotions make me strong and teach me to not take things for granted. It’s not a ballad but it is a very beautiful song. I think people will be surprised by it”.
And surprising people is exactly what Crossfaith want to do, even after eleven years of making music. “That’s the main role of the band” promises Ken. “I hope” he continues before deciding on a more forceful word “Actually, I believe this EP will set the course for the band for the next ten years. We’ve already started making more new music. We’re not going to stop”.