Crossfaith @ Glasgow Garage
Monday, October 15, 2018
By Eric Mackinnon
If live music venues could talk, imagine the tales they could tell? They would regale music lovers with memories of moments in time, of nights never to be forgotten and moments and gigs that will never be repeated.
And if they could I would whack this month's mortgage payment on Glasgow's Garage venue waxing lyrical and admitting she had never seen the likes of Crossfaith on her stage before.
I expect the walls, and the rafters, are still wobbling and swaying after the sonic explosion of the genre-busting Japanese monoliths unleashed two hours of metal mastery over a Scottish crowd left begging for more and dripping in joyous sweat.
Take a fifth of electronica and mix well with a dollop of riff-heavy metal, chuck both in a blender and stir in with equal parts synth, industrial and glittery pop melodies and you are heading on the right direction to the wall of sound which burst forth from the stage when Crossfaith kick the door open on their set with Deus Ex Machina.
Front and centre on stage is Koie Kenta. He is a hypnotic frontman who draws your gaze and locks your attention hard and fast and grips the crowd.
Keyboardist Tamano Terufumi stomps to the front of stage to elbow Kenta out of the spotlight when it is time for him to deliver his vocal parts.
The band is an ever-spinning ball of furious energy, exemplified by stickman supreme Amano Tatsuya who has faster hands than Connor McGregor after a weekend in Medellin with Uncle Pablo.
Bassist Ikegawa Hiroki is no slouch either. Part WWE superstar Jeff Hardy with colourful, wild and creative facepaint – which by the middle of the set was running down his face in a sticky gloop – and part Flea with his fast fingers dancing up and down the neck of the bass, he dovetails effortlessly with guitarist Takemura Kazuki, the perfect combination for an explosion of sound which refuses to colour within the lines or conform to any genre.
A Crossfaith gig is no slow-paced night out with fans of the Japanese juggernauts famous for remarkable mosh pits of hundreds swaying and surging back and forth in unison, circle pits of grinning, bouncing fans and a wall of death unlike any I've ever seen before.
There is more than a subtle nod to rock/dance hybrid pioneers in some of their tracks but they chose nod to include their famous cover of Omen from the Prodigy's back catalogue themselves on the night.
But there was more than enough to thrill the Glasgow hordes who had filled in en-masse for one of the best gigs I've been to in 2018.
'Here we, here we, here we fucking go,' was the chant of the night. Sparked from the floor by the paying punters at times and other times by the sweat soaked Crossfaith gang.
If you closed your eyes you could be forgiven for imagining you are in the famous Glasgow Arches instead of the Garage. An almost happy hardcore backing track filled the air but if you gently cracked an eye lid open and it sure was quite a different scene as the stage was filled with musicians sporting rock t-shirts and with guitars slung over their shoulders.
The explosion and coming together of the sounds is difficult to pigeon hole to any one - or even hat-trick - of genres. It's as if Scooter started a band with his new next door neighbour who turned out to be Phil Anselmo. A foundation stone of happy hardcore beats with a layer of heavy metal riffs, roaring vocals and guitars heaver than hell.
Mid set Koie Kenta popped up in the middle of the Garage crowd, peering down on his thrilled fans from the shoulders of one of the pit crew. He was soon joined by one of his guitarists, he too perched shoulder high as they took the Crossfaith show to the frontline.
Crossfaith keep the pedal firmly pressed on the metal as they rattled through heavy hitters 'Deus Ex Machina', 'CountDown To Hell' and 'Daybreak' before the party-anthem 'Jagerbomb' cranked up the energy.
'Make A Move' took us on a detour deep into pop-punk territory on a rollercoaster of genres and a crowd which Crossfaith have cupped in their collective hands as they pass a bottle of Jagermesiter between them until the bottle is dry after several thirsty swigs on stage during the frenetic set.
The black curtain dropped on a night which will live long in the memories with set closer Monolith which sees Armano pummel his drum kit into submission with the kind of beating not seen since teenage boys stumbled across a stash of magazines in a bush in the woods.
Crossfaith are a band who rock so hard your bones shake and shudder, your hips swing and your foot stomps in time to heavy, hook laden riffs and soaring choruses. Crossfaith rocked the Garage to it's rafters this week.
Crossfaith are the real deal. A band with a toe in as many as ten genres, they are the band who will kick your ass, burst your eardrums, bring a smile to your face as wide as the M8 motorway which runs under the Glasgow Garage venue and with enough of so many different musical styles that they can appeal to almost anyone with a working set of lugs.
'Thank you Glasgow, we love you, one of the best cities in the word, nd well worth the 30-hour fucking journey,' boomed Kenta with a wide grin.....well we love you too mate.
A great night with a great band and a bunch of boys who are standing on the edge of mega metal stardom.
Babymetal have gone global and are a huge stadium filling rock act now in the UK but on this form Crossfaith might not just be next but they might even have the longevity to outlast Babymetal and be the band from the land of the rising sun we are all still filling our playlists with in ten years time.