Freedom (UNFD) From 2015’s XENO onwards, Crossfaith have battled with a bit of an identity crisis: are they a balls-to-the-wall Metallican thrash unit, or an Enter Shikarian dancecore beast? The Japanese fusion-moshers came close to finding their feet last year with the tight, hardstyle-tinged New Age Warriors EP, but Freedom instantly throws them back off with a messy string of half-baked ideas that, as much as you grow desperate for them to, never quite stick. Rap verses on the first two tracks feel overtly forced and shoehorned in—closer Diavolos could’ve served as their intemperate saviour, but instead it’s grating and sloppy and marred by a cheesy pseudo-chorus. Rather than continue to churn records out every quarter, Crossfaith need to step back and really examine where their place in music is... because this is not it. M.D.