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Japanese metal juggernauts Crossfaith have released their brand new album, EX_MACHINA, streaming now on Apple Music and Spotify. The album features cameos from Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds and industrial hip hoppers Ho99o9, and is a blistering and fast-paced adventure that transports listeners to a dystopian future. EX_MACHINA is out now via UNFD and can be purchased at: unfd.lnk.to/ex_machina.
On the new album, lead singer Kenta Koie shares:-
"After we released our last album XENO, we were thinking about what the next theme is for us. We decided on "Awake the individuality," because we're always trying to make new things and that's a big part of the band's attitude.
This album is a grave warning for our future, I hope you guys listen to this and think about what the meaning of this album is for you and feel how you feel through this album and start something for your future."
EX_MACHINA, the new album from Crossfaith, is a concept album set in an alternative near future in which the ruling class, known as Angels, maintain their world through artificial intelligence and other technology, which dehumanises people and effectively turns them into drones - as explained in the opening title track, "Deus Ex Machina."
The other 12 songs featured on the album represent the voice of the resistance - in the form of underdogs known as Demons. Kenta was inspired to include these figures by Devilman Crybaby, particularly on the Slipknot-esque "Catastrophe," the frantic, bloodcurdling "The Perfect Nightmare," and the epic assault of "Daybreak," rather than because they wanted to provide a comment on religion.
"There's no particular religious message," clarifies Ken. "In order to explore the dualism of humans, we decided to include Angels and Demons, which are opposing elements just like fire and water."
"Angels aren't necessarily good and demons aren't necessarily bad," he explains. "The most important theme is that we should never stop questioning the world around us."
EX_MACHINA is a relentless album that strives for the listener's attention, and is unquestionably the heaviest that Crossfaith have put their name to since forming in their native Osaka in 2006.
Since their inception, Crossfaith have been on the edge of a fusion of rock, metal, electronica and big ideas on their albums; and the edge of euphoria with their live shows. EX_MACHINA is the album on which they walk that fine, fiery line more skilfully and seismically than ever.
Crossfaith is back with EX_MACHINA, now available for purchase here: unfd.lnk.to/ex_machina.
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