CROSSFAITH Frontman On Upcoming 'Xeno' Album: 'It Is The Most Important And Precious Thing To Us'July 18, 2015
Japanese rockers CROSSFAITH will release their new studio album, "Xeno", on September 18 in North America via Razor & Tie.
The official lyric video for the CD's title track can be streamed below.
"Xeno" has a story of hope, failure, love, betrayal and death woven into its fabric so skillfully it's impossible to tell where truth ends and fiction begins. It's both an escape from and examination of reality that reveals more and more truths the further it delves.
Produced by Josh Wilbur (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED) and mastered by Ted Jensen, "Xeno" takes the groundwork laid by 2013's "Apocalyze" and 2012's "Zion" EP as well as the band's vast touring history and catapults them into a whole new league.
"Xeno" is an artistic endeavour like few others, with roots in manga, anime and the furthest reaches of its creators' minds. Frontman Kenta "Ken" Koie, guitarist Kazuki Takemura, bassist Hiroki "Hiro" Ikegawa, keyboardist Terufumi "Teru" Tamano and drummer Tatsuya Amano are, quite simply, operating on a different level.
Ken explains: "This record is dedicated to everyone because we believe it will make a new phase in this music culture. We had a bad time after we released the last album, 'Apocalyze'. Our original guitarist Kazuki had to leave during a tour due to a cerebral hemorrhage. It was the worst thing to happen to us in our entire music career. Fortunately or unfortunately, it just affected his left hand. He is still alive, he never gave up as a musician and he wrote a couple songs for this record as well. It has bound us together as one."
He continues: "The experience of working with Josh Wilbur means a lot to us. He brought us fresh feelings and has helped us to create our best record to date. We put everything we've got into 'Xeno' and it is the most important and precious thing to us. We can't wait to share the experience of 'Xeno'. It is beating, it is alive! We are dedicating this record to everyone!"
Xeno is a character, two to be exact. This is an intricate story of artificial intelligence meets human desperation. The two combine to see the human Xeno, so distraught with the state of the world that he endeavours to bring creation through devastation.
"Everyone has a dark side," says Ken. "Everybody is so hypocritical. And everything — our world – is being completely fucked up by so many people, especially the government. It's easy to see what they do. So Xeno, the person, decides to do something big so he can hit reset and start again."
CROSSFAITH is currently touring North America on the full Vans Warped Tour and will be announcing more tour dates soon. The band will tour the U.K. later this year as main support to SKINDRED.
"Xeno" track listing:
01. System X
03. Raise Your Voice
04. Devil's Party
05. Ghost In The Mirror (feat. Caleb Shomo from BEARTOOTH)
07. Wildfire (feat. Benji Webbe from SKINDRED)
08. Tears Fall
09. Paint It Black
11. Calm The Storm
12. Astral Heaven
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