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Describing their music as ''landscape rock'', EARLY CROSS, led by Hiroaki KATO (Guitars, Bouzouki, Keyboards, Backing Vocals) were formed in Chiba Prefecture, Japan in 2002. In 2006 they were joined by singer Natasha VAICHUK, a vocalist of Ukrainian-Japanese decent. In 2010, they released the mini album ''Solstice'' from IHATOV Productions, which led them to sign with Lion Music, followed by several festival appearances. In the summer of 2012, EARLY CROSS recorded their very first full-length album at Studio NEST, Chiba Prefecture with guest participation by Jan Erik LILJESTROM (ANEKDOTEN), mixed by Christer-André Cederberg and mastered by Chris Sansom. The album ''Pathfinder'' was released in February 2013 via Lion Music. The band are also prolific in releasing annual Christmas EPs since 2011 which shows a different side to their music.

Since their debut release, Natasha has been replaced by Elena who in turn was replaced by Mel on vocals, while the rest of the band consists of Hiroaki KATO, Shigetsugu HAGIYA (Guitars), Yugo MAEDA (Bass) and Kazuhiro KANEKO (Drums & Cymbals) who replaced Yushi SOUTOME (played both on Solstice and Pathfinder). Other past members are Mitsunori UKAJI (Guitars on ''Solstice''), Tatsuya HAYASHI (Bass on ''Solstice''), Shun TAKAHASHI (Guitars, 2014) while Yuki PUZZY (Keyboards, Backing Vocals, 2014-present) joins the band on stage.

The band play an attractive style of atmospheric progressive metal, drawing influences from acts such as THE GATHERING, OPETH, RIVERSIDE and come warmly recommended.

Biography by aapatsos - with information from the band's website

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Early Cross Progressive Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars A Japanese progressive metal band releasing annual Christmas EPs does not sound all that cohesive but wait till you listen to this hidden gem. In 2013 Early Cross released their debut ''Pathfinder'' following the ''Solstice'' EP of 2010 which showed promise. I am pleasantly surprised as this album fills a gap in my 90's nostalgia, and at the same time incorporates recent lyrical trends in progressive metal, combined into what these Japanese call ''landscape'' rock. And the description is not far off.

''Pathfinder'' is a beautiful mix of 90's The Gathering and Anathema, Akerfeldt-ian guitar melodies and riffage masterfully done by Hiroaki Kato and a landscape melancholy - not quite post-metal but not far - that resembles to works of Riverside. The sound along with the artwork create a very convincing package. Natasha VAICHUK (not with band currently) delivers haunting atmospheres with her ethereal (and slightly wicked) voice that blend remarkably with the heavy riffology in the album. ''Pathfinder'' treks generally between mid-tempos and more dynamic tempos in the vein of the variations seen in Opeth's ''Blackwater Park''.

Downside is potentially the close resemblance to Opeth (even at the use of mellotron) which affects the album's originality, but this unlikely to stop you from enjoying this highly professional, ambitious (depicted in the 14-min ''The Pilgrimage'') and heartful release.

Memorable melodies such as those in ''Ashes & Yallow'', ''Hymn to the Fallen'' or ''Cairn'' are not composed every day.

Thanks to aapatsos for the artist addition.

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