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Pathfinder Import

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Early Cross are a four piece band comprising of Natasha Vaichuk (Vocals), Hiroaki Kato (6 & 12 String Guitars, Bouzouki, Pianos, Mellotrons, Organs), Yugo Maeda (Bass) and Yushi Soutome (Drums). With a sound much bigger than the sum of their parts, 'Pathfinder' is a strong label debut full of carefully crafted music, depth, musical richness and emotion with a dark foreboding presence that will find favour with fans of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Day Six, The Gathering, The Wishing Tree etc. Home to a clean and powerful production, Early Cross are set to make a powerful impact on the rock and metal world outside their native Japan and the band are looking to tour in Europe in 2013. The albums creation started with the band writing the music at the end of 2010 and worked on it little by little in parallel with playing at several rock festivals. Work on the lyrics, commenced in 2011 under the consultation of Mustumi Tanamura who was in charge of the lyrical and vocal direction for the album, which have been soulfully delivered by the bands vocalist Natasha Vaichuk. In 2011, Japan was struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which saw the band activities temporarily suspended. Thereafter, the band restarted their activities by joining Lion Music's benefit album 'Embrace The Sun' which saw all profits go to the Japan Red Cross Appeal. In summer 2012, recording the album began at Studio NEST. Jan Erik Liljeström from Anekdoten participated as a guest musician. The album was mixed by Christer-André Cederberg (ex-Animal Alpha, ex-In the Woods...) who has been nominated five times in the Norwegian Grammy Awards and is well-known for working with Anathema, Circus Maximus, New Empire, Petter Carlsen et al. The mastering of the album was done at Propeller Mastering, Oslo, Norway by Chris Sansom who has been in charge of a number of masterpieces by Anathema, Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho, Bernhoft, Enslaved, Bertine Zetlitz et al. This excellent team, one of the best Norwegian production teams, led the album to it's completion. The artwork was created by Takashi Miyamoto, a truly talented graphic designer who has been involved in the production of 'Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn', Otomo Katsuhiro's 'Farewell to Weapons', etc. Early Cross prove that there is a burgeoning metal scene pushing the envelope of styles in their homeland and 'Pathfinder' will give listeners worldwide the chance to taste metal by one of Japan's most promising acts.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Lion Music Finland
  • ASIN: B00AP5M4VI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A beautiful blend of prog, metal and all things mystical, this often powerful, yet smooth (and at times gentle and thoughtful journey), carries you so nicely across a vast musical soundscape that you end up sighing in pleasure at what you have just heard!
Natasha's soft, lovely vocals (and especially harmonies!), in contrast with rapid fire drumrolls, double bass drum, rich overdriven guitar, fluid bass, and an array of haunting acoustic guitars scattered gently throughout this pleasurable storm, make for a true musical treat!
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What is landscape rock, you might ask? It's melodic and textured, and it concentrates on a mature blending of vocals and music. You won't hear powerhouse singing, blast-beat drumming, or massive riffs. Instead, the ethereal, transportive vocals capture the listener's emotions and imagination; and the guitars carve out atmospheres rather than simply delivering rhythm and typical leads. That's what you'll hear on "Pathfinder," the debut album by the Japanese band Early Cross.

"Pathfinder" marries elements from the gothic, folk, progressive, and atmospheric realms to present a heavy, evocative rock style with carefully crafted songs and entrancing vocals. Natasha Vaichuk's smooth, emotive voice draws in the listener the same way that the voices of Anneke van Giersbergen and Autumn's Marjan Welman do. The songs on "Pathfinder" unfold gradually for the listener, much like how Anathema have arranged their music on their past two albums, "We're Here Because We're Here" and "Weather Systems." This opens up the music and allows the instruments and melodies to sculpt impressive soundscapes that we rarely hear from bands on their first record.

Highlights:

"Ashes & Yarrow" - The echoing, descending guitar lines over a calm tempo will remind you of The Gathering's "Nighttime Birds" and "Mandylion" eras.

"Cry Havoc" - Driving prog rock from start to finish. Hiroaki Kato's reverberating guitar chords tie in the track with the rest of the album without siphoning off any energy.

"Hymn To The Fallen" - Glides between foreboding gothic metal, acoustic melancholy, and harmony-laden rock. The track's unconventional structure makes it unpredictable yet able to pull at the heartstrings.

"The Fog" - Uses a mellotron to deliver the rustic, haunting hook.
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