1. Crossfaith - “Monolith” | July 17th, 2012
Why am I just learning now, today, this morning, about Crossfaith: heavy metal from Osaka, Japan. They are touring Europe in 2018.
Searching for their throwbacks; I was absolutely shocked into a cosmos-crushing experience discovering, “Monolith” from their 2012 EP Zion via Halfcut/Shock Records. Livid for this.
Alternative to the MV, watch “Monolith” performed live at Warped Tour 2013.
Fun fact: The groups Zion EP was named after the “last human city” in The Matrix film series. In an interview, Crossfaith explains, “There are so many people who wake up from [a] virtual reality called “Matrix;” this record brings you to the next level!”
“Break away, injecting the void | Your weapons of hate will crush all the hearts that you’ve won | Destroy these weapons of hate.”
The techno-inspired insidious dance-melody of, “Monolith” reigns. To credit this unique generation of metal, hardcore and dubstep: we have the keyboard of Terufumi Tamano accompanied by the guttural screams of vocalist Kenta Koie; guitar by Kazuki Takemura and drums from Tatsuya Amano.
2. Pierce The Veil ft. Kellin Quinn - “King for a Day” | Aug. 6, 2012
“Long story short, you are all coming in tomorrow, to help the books look right,” the opening dialog for “King for a Day” by Pierce the Veil featuring Kellin Quinn, (vocalist from Sleeping With Sirens), sets the desire for revenge and justice against wage inequality and financial collusion; let out any current industry-collapse rage along to this unforgettable performance; the track premiered on the album: Collide With the Sky (2012) via Fearless Records.
The electronic elements wage fury around the climax of the song and MV @3:30Min; we hear “Come at me; Now this is war” and then a whisper go, “F*ck with this new beat” accompanied by a hardcore breakdown.
“I’m over-sleeping like a dog on the floor; Imagine living like a king someday | And if the bass shakes the earth underground, We’ll start a new revolution now.”
In the official “King for a Day” MV Behind the Scenes, frontman Vic Fuentes explains that their bassist, Jaime Preciado had a “heist video” dream, which manifested into their “robbing a bank” narrative. While recording his featured scenes screaming on top of a bank’s reception desk, Kellin claims regarding bloopers, “I accidentally air screamed in[to] my own fist.” For the fans, he adds, “I just was doing what I do in my own bedroom.”
3. Bring Me The Horizon - “Can You Feel My Heart” | Aug. 19, 2013
An entire year later at the same month, one of the most life-changing songs hit the metal scene; "Can You Feel My Heart" by BMTH, as the opening track from their 2013 album Sempiternal via RCA Records. Dispelling meditative lyrics on the path to self-realization that we can relate to such as:
In a statement, Vocalist Oliver Sykes comments on this particular song saying "it was the first time we realized that Jordan Fish [keyboards] was having a big impact on the writing: it's very heavy on the electronica," tremendously influencing the band's direction at the birth of Sempiternal.
“I long for that feeling to not feel at all. The higher I get, the lower I’ll sink. I can’t drown my demons they know how to swim.”
4. I See Stars - “Murder Mitten” | Oct. 22, 2013
Speaking of electronica and metal as well as throwbacks, how about an inception? I See Stars uses childhood home video footage to open the theme for, “Murder Mitten” off the New Demons (2013) album from Sumerian Records.
“Do you hear me now? Screaming at the top of my lungs all night; Why? Why? Ask my why. Go ahead and act like you don’t know why.”
According to this journal, brothers Devin Oliver (vocals) and Andrew Oliver (bass), documented inspiration for their success within this specific song, “We channeled our energy emotionally and mentally from our parents breaking up; We didn’t grow up fortunate; The meaning [of “Murder Mitten”] is to turn something tragic into something great.”