Exactly six years after their first appearance in The Netherlands Crossfaith returned to our small country on a tour to promote their latest release EX_MACHINA. A powerful album that shows how diverse the band and it’s members can actually be in their own familiar little world, especially when compared to the previous album Xeno.
As expected with Crossfaith they draw in a crowd that’s overwhelmingly metal-oriented, but here and there there was a colorful hairstyle or outfit in the venue as well. The band had absolutely no problem filling the room to the brim either. Accompanied by Blood Youth (UK) and Normandie (SWE) the atmosphere in the venue quickly turned into one of a heavy metal concert. While the audience enjoyed the two other bands, they were all eagerly awaiting the main act.
Before Crossfaith entered the stage the venue was shrouded in a light mist, obscuring the stage ever so slightly as the members made their appearance and took their rightful places behind their instruments. Mainly Terufumi and Tatsuya remained somewhat obscured throughout the show because of the mist, but it did give a very futuristic atmosphere to the entire show. Something the band definitely aims for with their music, which they describe as “Japanese Future Metal”.
Starting off with DEUS and followed by CATASTROPHE and DESTROY the band really set the tone for the evening: chaos. Overwhelming chaos leading to quite a few circle pits in the audience, as well as the occasional wall of death. Nothing they couldn’t handle, as the crowd was clearly enjoying themselves just as much as the band on stage.
Vocalist Kenta even decided to try out some beer he never had before on stage, while Terufumi happily occupied himself with a large bottle of Jägermeister, very fitting to the name of the song JÄGERBOMB, don’t you think?
Not all songs were from the new album though, they were more than happy to revisit their previous album Xeno, as well as the ZION EP (2012) and Apocalize EP (2013).
Overall there was a lot of interaction with the crowd by all the members, Terufumi not being too shy to jump in for a crowdsurfing episode somewhere down the line either. The other members didn’t follow his example however, but they each used their own ways to let the audience know they were there and they were appreciated.
The band announced through their social media that drummer Tatsuya had to partially step down due to an injury on his right arm/wrist, but in Haarlem he appeared to have made a full recovery and he played along with full force and enthusiasm, and two hands as well, allowing the band to play full force once again.
Conclusion: Crossfaith delivered an extremely energetic show worthy of the heavy metal title, showing both familiar and new audience that they are a force to be reckoned with as a live band. If you enjoyed EX_MACHINA as an album then it’s definitely recommended to go and see Crossfaith live during this tour, because the live version of their songs is an absolute delight to listen to!
04. FREEDOM (SE)
07. WILD SE
08. MAKE A MOVE
09. SYSTEM X
12. SE (MC)
14. INTO THE NIGHTMARE