Review by Cain Suleyman with Photography by Marianne Brits-Strodl

On the 19th October 2018, a wild spark invaded Camden’s Electric Ballroom from the deepest depths of Japan. When I say a wild spark, I mean a combination of electrifying metal and dirty dubstep that fuelled a packed out basement venue in one of the most quirky parts of London. These unmistakable sounds come from the 5 piece Electronicore band Crossfaith, who’ve been causing havoc to music fans since 2006.

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

Just before Electric Ballroom would be torn to shreds, Blood Youth took to the stage with their hard hitting sounds and intense energy for a perfect warm up. But they were greeted by a venue that was only a third full, causing their powerful sting to be slightly blunted by a lack of reception. Having seen this situation before, I was expecting this to dishearten the band but it only seemed to bring a stronger adrenaline rush to each member. Their 40 minute set contained nothing but commands and screams at spectators as if it were a headline set. And THIS was met with incredible reception. Blood Youth were a model example of what a support band should be. They refused to let the lack of audience drop their mojo as they surely finished their set with many new fans by making a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to witness their set.

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

The knowledge of seeing a metal band was strong in my mind. I’ve listened to music of Crossfaith’s genre for many years and there’s a certain expectation I had before they invaded the stage. But what I wasn’t expecting was for my first hit of adrenaline to come from sounds that I only relate to being in a nightclub. Electro dub beats hit ears hard and Camden saw a mass wave of bouncing metal lovers. It was an extremely unique sight to behold. But it rocked!

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

Opening with Deus Ex Machina and running straight into Catastrophe, the bar was raised extremely high as there was an energy that you don’t even see at an intense cardio workout at Crossfit. By the end of their second song, 2 band members had already propelled themselves into the crowd and there were definitely multiple moshing related injuries. It was a scene of pure lunacy but is exactly what a band of this level should do for their live shows. I was definitely looking at a band who knew how to put on a show.

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

Thinking that they had peaked early, I was extremely wrong. As I think I’ve got a second for breath, they roll in the big guns in the form of Monolith and Jägerbomb to create a siege of fans parading around the floor in a circle pit that covered the whole venue. During a rare moment of stillness, I overhear a spectator exclaim, “They’re mental!” I honestly can’t think of a sentence that sums the bands live set in a more perfect way. They’ve been touring the world for 12 years, playing across all continents in both large and small venues. They’re band that always receive an overwhelming response at both headline and festival shows and I actually don’t think they get as much credit as they deserve. It takes a lot for a band to constantly sell out shows and they just seem to be doing something right. Every time.

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

After a 7 song streak, the lights blackout and there are demands for silence. There’s a strong intensity among everyone in the audience. A silhouette of the frontman can be seen crouching at the front of the stage at he pulls the microphone away from his lips and straight towards a can of beer. The second after he cracks it open, we’re blinded by the lights as the band proceed to explode brains with an insane cover of the popular Prodigy tune, Omen. It’s safe to say everyone lost their minds with not a single voice reminding silent. Drinks fly around the venue and T-shirts are removed as the whole of Electric Ballroom shudders at the request of the one and only Crossfaith.

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

Crossfaith are a band that will always be there. Their fans will always stick by their side. And as the UK tour of their latest album, EX_MACHINA, comes to a close, we can all expect to a quick return from the Japanese metal band.

Setlist:
Deus Ex Machina
Catastrophe
Monolith
Destroy
Jägerbomb
Countdown to Hell
Make a Move
Omen (Prodigy cover)
System X
Xeno
Freedom (with You Reynolds)
Daybreak
Drum Solo
The Perfect Nightmare
Leviathan

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

Crossfaith live at Electric Ballroom, London, 19 October 2018

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