BAND OF THE WEEK → coldrain.
Formed in 2007, coldrain emerged from Nagoya to take the music scene by storm. Mixing melodic vocals with screams typical to the post-hardcore genre, they gained a good following in their hometown after performing in local venues and shows while distributing demo discs after each performance. Shortly thereafter, the band quickly began to gain popularity, despite the fact all of their songs are written and sung in English. Consisting of the five original members, Masato (vo.), RxYxO (ba.), Sugi (gt.), Katsuma (dr.), and Y.K.C (gt.), they moved on from local hometown heroes to one of the biggest acts in Japan’s post-hardcore scene today.
About a year after coldrain formed, they were offered and later signed a major contract with VAP, after which the band released its debut maxi single "Fiction" on November 5, 2008. They then set off for their first nationwide tour and played in 30 venues across Japan.
After the tour, the group released their next maxi single: "8AM". The limited edition included a DVD which featured the music video of the title song and three live videos: “Fiction”, “Painting”, and “Come Awake”. “8AM” was also used as a theme song to the anime series Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger. 2009 saw their first performance at the Summer Sonic Festival. In October, they released their first album "Final Destination" and embarked on another successful sold-out nationwide tour. The band released their EP "Nothing Lasts Forever" on June 23, 2010. One of the songs, “We’re Not Alone”, was used as an opening theme of the anime series Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin, while another song, “Die Tomorrow”, was used in the Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 soundtrack.
On 30 November 2012, in a statement on their official website, coldrain announced the release of their third studio album, scheduled for spring 2013. "The Revelation", produced by David Bendeth, was released on April 17, 2013. They collaborated with Bendeth for the second time: indeed he also worked with them on their second EP "Through Clarity". On December 2013, coldrain signed with Raw Power Management. This allows the band to perform for the first time in Europe alongside British band Bullet for My Valentine in 2014 and to release a new album worldwide on the same year.
On April 9th, 2014, coldrain announced they had signed with Hopeless Records for distribution worldwide (except Asia, New Zealand, and Australia) with their first release being a special edition re-release of "The Revelation". The international edition of “The Revelation” was released by Hopeless Records on June 23, 2014 in Europe and on June 24, 2014 in North America.
On April 26th, 2014, coldrain announced their new work: "Until the End", released June 18th, 2014.