Coldrain - The Revelation (Sony Music)

Solid metalcore stylings that won't fail to please...
Release Date: 
7 Aug 2014 - 11:30pm

Japanese metalcore exponents Coldrain make their debut on the international stage with The Revelation, and choc-full of modern metal gems it is too. Recently announced on the 2015 Soundwave bill, their mix of sharp, concise songcraft, punchy guitarwork and soaring, anthemic choruses is sure to appeal to that festival’s constituent audience of rock-hungry young pups, but there’s a lurking maturity in the songwriting here that makes Coldrain sneakily accessible to rock and metal fans of more advanced tooth-length, meaning the band have something for everyone tucked away in their lockers.

The key to all of this is vocalist Masato David Hayakawa; The past has seen many Japanese acts fail to completely master the international scene due to that age old bugbear, linguistic difficulties. In the age before political correctness took all our fun away we’d chortle when visiting Japanese throatsmiths would exhort crowds to ‘crap their hands’; But Masato is half-American and there’s no doubt that that upbringing makes his strong, clear vocals accessible – and not risible – to all. Couple this voice with some truly memorable pop-metal choruses and Coldrain would appear to be unstoppable. At times he has a pleasing ring of 3’s Joey Eppard in his vocal stylings, though that’s where any similarity between the two bands ends. There’s nothing in any way ‘progressive’ about The Revelation, the band instead opting to keep things tight and lean – there’s nothing here over four and half minutes in length – and following well worn metalcore structures that will please fans of the genre as much with their familiarity of structure as anything else.

That’s not to say that there’s nothing on The Revelation worthy of your attention, however. They’ve got pretty much every base covered here - from the punky thrashings of songs like Behind the Curtain, through the overwrought, cod-dramatic balladry of Next to You and strident, youth-gone-wild calls to arms (Time Bomb) to dreamy, electronica-spattered mood pieces like House of Cards that strangely evoke flickering memories of nu-metal veterans Linkin Park - the band exhibits a fine grip on dynamics and style, meaning that even at a gargantuan 16 song length The Revelation is rarely anything less than a compelling listening experience.  And in the fantastic Chasing Dreams the band has seemingly come up with Duran Duran’s finest ever metalcore anthem. Whoda thunk? Well woth three quarters of an hour of anyone’s time.