Crossfaith
Wipeout


3.5
great

Review

by Simon.K CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
January 26th, 2018 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Down, but not out.

There’s just no stopping some bands when it comes to their recording output. On the one hand you have a group like Tool who’ve teased their fanbase mercilessly with a meagre 4 albums in a near three-decade career; on the other, you get someone like Buckethead who bombards you with enough material for you to drown in it. So, what is the correct way of going about it" Honestly, I find both approaches to be a minority of extremes, and both sides have varying effects on their fanbase. But I can say, when an artist attempts the latter it tends to have more of a negative effect. With Crossfaith it’s been a funny old ride, which has brought out an ugly afterthought that these boys are flying by the seat of their pants. Since the release of their sophomore LP The Dream, The Space in 2011, Crossfaith have fired out new material hereafter, gaining real recognition with their 2012 EP Zion and then moving forward with a new LP or EP. There’s nothing wrong with this of course, but the problem lies in that they’ve never really captured a sound that best represents them in all that time; awkwardly shifting from one sound to the other as their main framework and integrating an eclectic arsenal of styles, albeit ham-fisted at best. By the time we got to FREEDOM last year, it was clear the band had completely used all their resources; an EP so egregious it was a little hard to process.

So, not even half a year later and we’re blessed with more material from the Japanese electronic-metalcore unit. As reluctant as I was in hitting the play button for this 3-track EP, I had a sick, sadistic level of interest in seeing if they’d recover from their last terrible mishap, and I’ll say right off the cuff, this is a much better offering than last time. Thankfully the band have brought on a much simpler level of song-writing, stripping back the electronics and awkward genre-melding ideas: metal is the focal point here and it mostly works. The strongest song here is “Inside the Flames,” finding its footing and utilising a heavier metalcore sound again; it’s nothing particularly special and isn’t different from anything we’ve heard from them previously, but Kenta manages to strike a little bit of gold with a really solid melody and hook to accommodate the body of the track. Speaking of which, Kenta’s English spoken singing isn’t anywhere near as obnoxious as it was previously. In fact, his vocal performance throughout is solid, bar a couple of awkward verse to chorus transitions that hear him shifting from harsh to clean vocals. All-in-all, he sounded like a man on form again, and because of that Wipeout benefits massively from it.

Of course, the EP is still plagued in a few dumb lyrical lines, and the continuing trend of vocal chants is distracting at times, but it’s much easier to overlook this time around. The surprisingly savage “Vermillion Gold” is a welcoming sound for them, a sound I haven’t heard from them in a long while, and brings hope to my cynical heart that they aren’t out of the game just yet. If we’re approaching a new album this year or next, it’s going to be very interesting on which way it’ll go, because at this point I honestly don’t know anymore. Judging from this EP, it feels very much aware of its surroundings; its simplified structure has resulted in a sound reminiscent of Zion, and sometimes it occasionally touches on the greatness of it. At this point all we can do is sit and wait to see what they pull out next, but I can say it’s going to be a very interesting one, good or bad.

Great.

EDITIONS: DIGITAL//C̶D̶//C̶D̶ ̶L̶T̶D̶ ̶E̶D̶

PACKAGING: N/A

SPECIAL EDITION: The LTD ED comes with a remix of "FREEDOM," and a DVD featuring excerpts from their 10th anniversary tour.



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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2018


14343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What a roller coster!

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SteakByrnes
January 26th 2018


11521 Comments


I've always been interested in checking these guys out, I might give this a listen later

Very nice review my dude

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Mabbitt
January 26th 2018


1617 Comments


I think this is their best post-Xeno output. New Age Warriors was pretty average, Freedom was awful (and I'm glad I'm not the only person to think that), but I actually surprisingly enjoyed this. Agreed on Inside the Flames being the best one and Vermillion Gold being a nice surprise.

I kind of get the feeling that all of these EPs are them testing various styles before they finally release a new album. Hopefully the next LP is stronger because of it.

(By the way, the deluxe edition contains remixes of the songs from Freedom, and they're about as good as you would expect)

frozencarl
January 26th 2018


367 Comments


saw these guys at warped tour once. was pretty cool

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2018


14343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Steak



Cheers man. Yeah, listen to their last two albums, they're really solid. Zion EP is their finest hour for me, but this is definitely a step in the right direction again.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2018


14343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@frozencarl



never had the chance to see them live, but their shows are a lot of the reason why they got noticed.

Aerisavion
January 27th 2018


1531 Comments


Cover art is sweet, review is great - I’ll have to check this

‘what is the correct way of going about it"’ for some reason Sputnik thinks question marks are “” - it did it to my review too.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Got to put them on a list to see them live man. Everything clicks together better with that live setting energy.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2018


14343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can imagine, Nocte. Although, I can't see them pulling FREEDOM off live. lol EP is trash.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don’t think I got any of that. It was a short set (Soundwave Australia) before the festival went bust. They played just before Anthrax if I recall correctly.

jusplathemus
January 27th 2018


124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yup, this is a rather pleasant surprise after the train-wreck that was Freedom. I'd say it's on par with the better part of Xeno (basically the first half of that LP). I'm still holding out for them doing something on Zion's level. That EP is ridiculously fun to this day.

frozencarl
January 28th 2018


367 Comments


@darkgonzo

yea the singer was like stoked to be playing for us. his english wasn't that great but all he did in between songs was talk about how awesome the crowd was and how happy he was to be there lol. wholesome af

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2018


14343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When did you see them, frozen?

frozencarl
January 29th 2018


367 Comments


I think like 2014? it feels like forever ago. not even sure why I went to that warped tour tbh

Mabbitt
February 4th 2018


1617 Comments


I saw them when they played Warped Tour between Zion and Apocalyze. Their set was Zion, but replace Photosphere with Omen. Small crowd, but they were still super into it.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2018


14343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I bet that was a beast of a show.



I need to listen to the albums again, they're solid efforts for sure.

jusplathemus
June 7th 2018


124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

New single's out. It's surprisingly heavy (coming from their recent output), I like it. Also, I'll be seeing them live in 3 weeks, can't wait.



Edit: Apparently, new album's out on Aug 3.



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