Metal band Crossfaith have been tapped to write the opening song for “Souten no Ken,” a new Japanese series. The result is searing new single, “Soul Seeker,”
On the new song, lead singer Kenta Koie shares: “This song was born right before we started writing our newest album EX_MACHINA. This song is about a human who is looking for the reason why he Iives his life, and it relates to the theme of EX_MACHINA too.“
This past summer, Crossfaith released EX_MACHINA. The album is now streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. EX_MACHINA features cameos from Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds and industrial hip hoppers Ho99o9.
Set in a dystopian future, EX_MACHINA explores a story about a ruling class called Angels. The Angels maintain control on their world through AI and other technology. These efforts dehumanize people and turn them into drones. This effect is explained in the opening title track, “Deus Ex Machina.”
Meanwhile, the other 12 songs represent the voice of the resistance. Kenta was inspired to include the underdogs, known as Demons, by Devilman Crybaby. His influence can be seen on the Slipknot-esque “Catastrophe” and the epic assault of “Daybreak.” But it was never meant to be 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. They 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. It is also the heaviest that Crossfaith have put out since forming in 2006.
Crossfaith have always been on the edge of a fusion of rock, metal and electronica. They present big ideas on their albums and approach the edge of euphoria with their live shows. On EX_MACHINA they walk these lines more skillfully than ever.