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TOKYO's CRYSTAL LAKE is probably the most explosive modern METAL band ive come across since GOJIRA or MASTODON. nearest comparisons i can think of are bands ranging from ARCHITECTS, FEAR FACTORY, EYEHATEGOD, AT THE GATES, BEHEMOTH , SUNN O))) and AS I LAY DYING to even CRADLE OF FILTH at times. they are tagged as METALCORE, but honestly they transcend that genre. if anything they have taken all the elements of that genre and distilled and perfected at a level of brutality ive never experienced before.
listening to this band was like being a teenager again remembering why i got into METAL in the first place. its crazy, i was in my car listening to satellite radio a few weeks ago and had to pull over to write down the name of the band on my phone. i mean i cant even remember the last time ive done that.
i'm surprised i learned about them now since i was living in JAPAN a few years back and was then actively investigating local bands. all i could find were these odd, choreographed, hybrid METAL/J-POP bands, like the ones i saw at OZZFEST JAPAN 2015. that shit was beyond corny and lame.
CRYSTAL LAKE is beyond crushing and well worth investigation by anyone interested in METALCORE, POST HARDCORE, PROG METAL, GRINDCORE, SLUDGE METAL, DEATH METAL, BLACK METAL or just extreme music in general. check them out. like now.