New Element, the opening track of Fact’s fifth album, lays out the Japanese band’s manifesto in clear terms: ‘The Fundamental – “evolve to survive”. It’s instrumental, without it we die.’ This is not mere sloganeering.
Tokyo post-hardcore troupe expand their palette
Since the release of 2012’s Burundanga album the band have bulked up, with the recruitment of English guitarist/vocalist Adam Graham (formerly a member of Tokyo metal band Versus The Night): the traditional Noh masks that gave them a signature look have now gone, too.
Accordingly, 15 years into their career, their punchy post-hardcore sound has expanded; 2-1 sounds like a particularly jittery Enter Shikari, Circling is the kind of finger-picked power ballad that Lostprophets used to excel at, and the two-minute-long Drag is full-tilt punk rock fury.
This pushing of the envelope doesn’t always work – Ape contains a novelty ‘monkey chant’ vocal hook that must rank among the most irritating in the history of recorded music – but at their best Fact sound energised, intense and ferociously capable.