Japan natives come out swinging with their 3rd full length album Xeno. Crossfaith is yet another band that fuses the metalcore sound with electronics and synthesizer. This time around Crossfaith went with producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, All That Remains). The production is solid, with the guitars sounding crisp and the synth/electronic elements being neatly woven in without the final result being too crowded. It’s obvious from the start that there are some Korn influences sprinkled throughout the album. Those influences standout on tracks such as “Xeno” and “Ghost in the Mirror.”
One thing that Crossfaith did different this time around was the inclusion of clean vocals. There is a fair amount of clean vocals on this record compared to their previous releases. Their frontman, Kenta Koie, does a great job on the clean vocals and its a welcomed and refreshing addition. They even included a few radio worthy ballads this time around in songs “Tears Fall” and “Calm the Storm.” They do well to show off Koie’s newly polished clean vocals and are something I hope they continue with on future releases.
Crossfaith brought in some guest vocalists this time around. Caleb Shomo of Beartooth lends some of his chaotic brand screaming on the song “Ghost in the Mirror” and does an excellent job. His feature is brief and leaves me wishing Caleb’s cameo was not so short. Benji Webbe of Skindred features on the song “Wildfire.” While “Wildfire” has probably one of the catchiest synth parts of the entire album, Benji’s vocals take away from the song. Maybe its just because I am not an avid listener of Skindred but his cameo is just odd. Call me crazy but I couldn’t help but thinking of Homestar Runner when hearing Benji’s part.
” It’s an album, that while somewhat forgettable, is filled with catchy riffs coupled with bouncy, energetic elements that are sure to get your moving. “
Overall Xeno is a solid release that I am sure will please electronicore fans. The synths on the album are always well placed and seem to be more mature this time around. They shine well on interlude tracks “System X” and “Astral Heaven.” It’s an album, that while somewhat forgettable, is filled with catchy riffs coupled with bouncy, energetic elements that are sure to get your moving. If you are a fan of I See Stars or Attack Attack! it’s a release you will want to check out. Stand out tracks are “Xeno” “Ghost in the Mirror”, “Vanguard” and “Astral Heaven.”
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