Live review: Crossfaith / The Qemists / The One Hundred

Japan’s rave metallers leave Brixton aglow

Crossfaith on stage
(Image: © Jake Owens)

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The blast of an air horn signals the start of a raucous metal dance party in Brixton.

The blast of an air horn signals the start of a raucous metal dance party in Brixton. THE ONE HUNDRED [6] tread a fine line between punchy and cheesy as they charge through a short set with lashings of Dizzee Rascal, Papa Roach and Korn, ending with the singalong Downfall. THE QEMISTS [7] offer more of the same, but there’s a deeper, darker element to their sound as Oliver Simmons and Bruno Balanta bounce off each other with contrasting clean and unclean vocals.

The Qemists clobber Brixton

The Qemists clobber Brixton (Image credit: Jake Owens)

Crossfaith’s Kenta Koie joins them onstage for an explosive rendition of Anger, and while the idea of nu metal-meets-drum’n’bass isn’t new, the energy and conviction they perform with keeps it fresh. CROSSFAITH [8] are on form from the moment they make their dramatic entrance. They’ve got all the swagger of a stadium band as they chug whiskey and work the crowd into a willing frenzy.

The metalcore flavour of Ghost In The Mirror marks it out as one of their most accessible tracks, and Teru Tamano leaves his decks to provide vocals that bounce off Kenta’s measured screams on Wildfire.

Tatsuya Amano’s drum solo is eye-poppingly complex, and although they draw out the dubstep encore a little too long, they’re clearly an immensely talented band who deserve a bigger stage.