Soundwave 2015 Lineup: Coldrain

UPDATE 05/08/14: UPDATE: New acts added to Soundwave 2015! Keep up to date here!

It’s almost here. Since Soundwave 2014 wound down back in March, the only thing on the minds of fans has been Soundwave 2015 lineup. If you’ve been counting the sleeps till you finally know who’s on it, well, Music Feeds is here to make the counting a little easier with Soundwave 2015: The First Wave. We’re very pleased to announce the first act to officially join Soundwave Festival 2015: Coldrain!

After months of fans pleading with AJ Maddah to see to it that the Japanese metalcore heroes finally get their Soundwave moment, the promoter has delivered. Best of all, this is just the beginning – Music Feeds will be exclusively announcing four more bands on next year’s Soundwave lineup over the coming week!

But before we get to that, let’s take some time to get to know Coldrain.

Who are they?

Coldrain, often stylised as coldrain, are a metalcore band from Nagoya, Japan, with an ardent following worldwide, partly due to their English lyrics sung by half-American vocalist Masato. They released their debut full-length, Final Destination, back in 2009 to acclaim at home and abroad.

In addition to their dynamic live performances, which we’ll get to in a moment, the band are noted for their prolific output, having put out a release every year since their debut. After developing a strong fan base in Japan, the band are currently working on establishing a foothold in Europe, releasing their Through Clarity EP in the UK as a teaser ahead of a full-length album later this year.

Just in time, the band’s latest full-length effort, The Revelation, will finally receive an Australian release this week. The album, which has been highly lauded in the band’s home country as well as in Europe, will drop this Friday, 8th August as an exclusive 16-track Australian Deluxe Edition.

“Brace yourselves, the Japanese are coming. Coldrain are set to be the next big thing out of the Land of the Rising sun, and armed with catchy pop-punk choruses and brutal metal riffs, they could just be the biggest.” – Secret Sound Shop

What do they sound like?

Coldrain’s sound has garnered acclaim for the ease with which the band is able to weave in and out of disparate styles in a single track. The end result is an epic and above all heavy metalcore sound. Coldrain’s music is simultaneously melodic, catchy, brutal, and always bursting with energy.

The band’s latest full-length effort, The Revelation, has been noted for its mature fusion of pop-punk tempos and songwriting structures, heavy metalcore passages, and Masato’s ability with both clean and screamed vocals. There’s also plenty of blinding solos, if that’s your thing, and we know it is.

“The Nagoya-based quintet make it virtually impossible to simply sit still and listen. Chuck in the more venomous, metalcore-esque sections, not to mention the odd ripping solo, and there’s enough variation [on ‘The Revelation’] to formally introduce Coldrain to the world.” – Rock Sound

Watch: Coldrain – Behind The Curtain

What are they like live?

On stage, Coldrain are a powerful, in-your-face spectacle. As the audience blissfully and sweatily mosh in the palm of natural showman Masato’s hand, the band bring their recorded output to glorious life, with equal levels of skill, professionalism, and a dynamic, compelling flair.

As rising international stars from Japan, Coldrain have grown accustomed to quickly finding their feet on foreign stages and with audiences that may not be all that familiar with them. The band revel in converting newcomers, ensuring that the crowd is a sweaty pit by the end of their opening number.

“They commanded the audience in the Barfly like professionals. Vocalist Masato is a compelling individual who towered over the audience, singing and screaming his lungs out. Masato didn’t miss a note throughout the entire performance and his energy was extremely engaging.” – UK Scumscene

For fans of…

The band’s recorded output has seen them draw comparisons to the likes of British metalcore notables Asking Alexandria, who similarly mix clean and screamed vocals and interbreed genres with a pop sensibility. Live, the band’s relentless energy recalls The Dillinger Escape Plan.

For readers a little more familiar with the heavy music scene in Coldrain’s homeland, the band have been compared to fellow metalcore outfit Crossfaith, post-hardcore heroes Pay Money to My Pain, and My First Story.

Watch: Coldrain – Final Destination at Triple Axe 2013

Soundwave Festival 2015 Lineup


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Bonython Park, Adelaide, South Australia

Saturday, 21st February & Sunday, 22nd February 2015

Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria

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Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales

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RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, Queensland

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