Through Clarity

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Through Clarity
Coldrain Through Clarity.jpg
EP by
ReleasedJuly 4, 2012 (2012-07-04)
StudioHouse of Loud (Elmwood Park, New Jersey)
Genre
Length21:25
Label VAP
Producer David Bendeth
Coldrain chronology
Three Days of Adrenaline
(2011)
Through Clarity
(2012)
The Revelation
(2013)
Singles from Through Clarity
  1. "No Escape"
    Released: June 4, 2012
  2. "Six Feet Under"
    Released: June 27, 2012
  3. "Inside of Me"
    Released: November 15, 2012

Through Clarity is the second EP by Japanese rock band Coldrain, released on July 4, 2012 in Japan and on January 27, 2014 in Europe. [1]

Contents

The lead single "No Escape" was featured on the Japanese Official Trailer for Resident Evil: Raccoon City . [2]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Rock Sound 8/10 [3]
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Dead Press!7/10 [5]
Hit The Floor6/10 [6]

The EP received mixed to positive reviews from critics.

Greg Spencer of Dead Press! would praise the opener "No Escape", for its pacing and energy. "Through Clarity begins with "No Escape", which is a rip roaring beast of a track. Its frenetic pacing and unstoppable energy combined with a catchy chorus make for a fantastic beginning to the EP. It isn't the heaviest of songs, but that actually works in the band's favour as frontman Masato has a really melodic presence as a vocalist and he carries the track forward with his vocals which range from heavy screams to Jason Butler style softer intonations." However, he would also criticise the following two tracks "Persona" and "The Future". "The next two tracks, "Persona" and "The Future", unfortunately dredge the band into a more corny and slightly lackadaisical phase of the EP. Both tracks just feel slightly forced, the latter especially feels ultra fatuous and lacks any real emotion or genuine spark. Instead, it actually seems like one of the most generic songs you could possibly hear on a rock album." [5]

These criticisms are shot down by Nathan Mack of Contact Music, who labelled all of the tracks as 'outstanding'. He would go on to say; "A personal favourite on this mini-album would be "Never Look Away". Beginning with delicate vocals and a soft intricate riff, it lulls us into a false feeling that we're soon to be given a break from with the subsequent torrential onslaught. Yet, the track rises in volume and intensity before reaching a crescendo with the first chorus, retaining momentum until the very end." [4]

While generally being praised by Rock Sound . They would slam the lyrical content produced by frontman Masato Hayakawa. Leading it as the main problem with Through Clarity. "Sure, the lyrics are a bit crap (such is the problem with language barriers in heavy music), but if you can overlook that, Coldrain have enough ideas and intricacies on Through Clarity to really start something big." [3]

Matt Borucki of Hit the Floor, would compare the sound on the EP, to that of a metalcore titanic band. "From the moment "No Escape" kicks in, it screams of early Bullet for My Valentine. In fact, so does much of the album." [6]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Masato Hayakawa; all music is composed by Masato Hayakwa & Ryo Yokochi, [7] except where noted.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."No Escape" 3:08
2."Persona" Masato Hayakawa 3:21
3."The Future"
  • Hayakawa
  • Kazuya Sugiyama
3:30
4."Six Feet Under" 3:39
5."Never Look Away" 3:41
6."Inside of Me"
  • Hayakawa
  • Sugiyama
4:06
Total length:21:25

Personnel

Charts

Chart (2012)Peak
positions
Japanese Albums (Oricon) [8] 14
Japanese Albums ( Billboard ) [9] 13

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabel
JapanJuly 4, 2012 CD, digital download VAP
EuropeJanuary 27, 2014

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