Crystal Lake is a band from Kyoto, Japan that plays a mixture of metalcore, deathcore, and hardcore. Though I am no stranger to the extreme end of the punk genre — I like crust/d-beat, hardcore, beatdown hardcore, and grindcore – I’ve never really listened to much metalcore or deathcore. What I have heard of the latter two genres hasn’t impressed me much.
Crystal Lake consists of Ryo Kinoshita (vocals), Shinya Hori (guitars), Yudai Miyamoto (guitars), and Gaku Taura (drums). Their track, “Aeon,” is from their newest full-length album Helix.
The vocals are typical hardcore-style screaming, mixed with some high growling found in melodic death metal, as well as some deathcore-style low growls. At 0:57, the vocals recall Dogen Kubota’s of Thousand Eyes. Some standout parts of the song are the the technical death metal riffing and blastbeats at 1:11, the heavy beatdown section at 1:49 and the djent riffs and lightning double-bass at 2:20.
The production of the song is great, with the guitars churning out a heavy tone throughout the song, the drums are clear as crystal — pun not intended — and the vocals are upfront but don’t overwhelm the rest of the group. The bass guitar is buried, but that is typical with these kind of bands.
The music video is pretty cool, with nice sci-fi and dystopian imagery. For a metalcore/deathcore track, it’s actually nowhere near as bad as I was expecting. There are good metallic spots and hardcore spots throughout the song, creating a nice mixture.
Crystal Lake has signed a deal with SharpTone Records and Helix will be released February 15th.
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