Lion Music are proud to introduce the debut
album “Pathfinder” by Japanese atmospheric
rock/metal outfit Early Cross on 14 February 2013.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 its completion.
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.
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
01. Ashes & Yarrow.
02. Cry Havoc.
03. Hymn to the Fallen.
04. In the Half Light of the Canyon.
06. The Pilgrimage
07. The Fog
Natasha Vaichuk – Vocals
Hiroaki Kato – 6 & 12 String Guitars,
Bouzouki, Pianos, Mellotrons, Organs
Yugo Maeda – Bass
Yushi Soutome – Drums
Jan Erik Liljeström – Spoken Words on "The
Mutsumi Tanamura – Spoken Words on "The
Shigetsugu Hagiya – Additional Guitar on