Crystal Lake (band)

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Crystal Lake
OriginTokyo, Japan
Years active2002–present
LabelsCube Records (Japan)
Artery Recordings, SharpTone Records (North America)
JPU Records (Europe)
MembersRyo Kinoshita
Yudai Miyamoto
Shinya Hori
Gaku Taura (support)
Bitoku Sakamoto (support)
Past membersKentaro Nishimura
Yusuke Ishihara
Seiji Nagasawa
Yasuyuki Kotaka
Teruki Takahashi

Crystal Lake is a Japanese metalcore band from Tokyo, formed in 2002. The band currently consists of vocalist Ryo Kinoshita, lead guitarist Yudai Miyamoto and rhythm guitarist Shinya Hori, also session members drummer Gaku Taura and bassist Bitoku Sakamoto.


Formation (2002–2005)[edit]

Crystal Lake was formed in 2002 in Tokyo, Japan. Their first demo Freewill was released in February in time for the show in Korea which they were invited to by Gmc Records. The second demo One Word Changes Everything came out in July, and a self-released 4 track EP, also entitled Freewill was released in September with 1000 copies were made and sold. In September 2003, Crystal Lake played 5 shows in Japan with Australian band Day Of Contempt.

In March to June 2004, they toured with Loyal To The Grave and Extinguish The Fire. This tour later saw the release of a 3 Way Split CD and DVD.

In 2005, the band released a split CD with Risen (American band) and Unboy.[7] They also toured in Malaysia.

Dimension and Taste of Chaos 2007 (2006–2007)[edit]

In February 2006, they performed at Independence D. In July 2006, the 1st full-length album Dimension was released by Imperium Recordings.[8] After the release of the album, they went on "Dimension Tour" in Japan.

In February 2007, they performed at Metal Presentation with Australian melodic metalcore band I Killed The Prom Queen,[9] and on "Hatebreed Japan Tour" in March.[10] In November 2007, they played on "Rockstar Taste of Chaos" in Japan.[11]

Split EP and Taste of Chaos 2008 (2008–2009)[edit]

On May, 2008, they released split CD with Cleave.[12] In November 2008, they performed at "Rockstar Taste of Chaos in Japan.[13]

In January 2009, they toured Japan with Parkway Drive and Shai Hulud.[14][15]

Into the Great Beyond (2010) and Kentaro's departure (2011)[edit]

On May 27, 2010, Crystal Lake released free download demo Endeavor on their MySpace page.[16] Crystal Lake also announced through MySpace, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube a new music video "Twisted Fate" from their upcoming album Into The Great Beyond. On June 11, 2011, the vocalist Kentaro left the band.

Lineup change, new single "The Fire Inside / Overcome", Cubes (2012–2015)[edit]

On March 24, 2012, the drummer Yusuke left the band. On July 3, 2012, they announced their new singer Ryo Kinoshita on their Facebook page.[17] "Today, we are pleased to announce the newest addition to the Crystal Lake Family, please give a warm welcome the new vocalist Ryo.". The next day, they announced Gaku Taura as their support drummer. They also announced that they were going to release a new single in summer.[18] On September 5, 2012, they released a new single "The Fire Inside / Overcome" which was mixed and mastered by Brian Hood at 456 Recordings.

From January 26 to February 1, 2013, they toured with As Blood Runs Black and Confession. In May 2013, they toured with The Ghost Inside and Continents. After that they shared the stage with Emmure and they toured across Japan on the Sumerian Tour 2013 with Born of Osiris, Upon A Burning Body and Her Name In Blood. 2013 was filled with a series of supporting tour slots through which they supported tours for coldrain, Her Name In Blood, Crossfaith, Before My Life Fails, SiM, and Totalfat.

On February 9, 2014, they played at the Scream Out Fest 2014 with The Devil Wears Prada, Periphery, The Word Alive, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Her Name In Blood at Shinkiba Studio Coast, Tokyo. On Apr 12, 2014, they played on the Monster Energy Outburn Tour 2014 with coldrain, Crossfaith, and Miss May I in Sapporo.

They announced their EP entitled Cubes via YouTube page, which was released on August 6, 2014.[19] A music video for the new song "Ups & Downs" was released on July 28, 2014. On August 4, 2014, a music video was released for their cover of Limp Bizkit's song "Rollin". On August 6, 2014, they released the new EP Cubes via Cube Records. Cubes debuted at #5 on the Oricon (Japanese music chart) indie weekly album chart / #45 on the weekly album chart / #27 on the daily album chart.

On August 8, 2014, they headlined the True North Project tour, with support from Infection, Prompts, Sailing Before The Wind, Scarface, and Shark Ethic. They toured on the Crossfaith - ACROSS THE FUTURE Tour with Crossfaith, We Came As Romans and While She Sleeps in September.[20] On October 25, they started their headlining tour Cubes Tour 2014. On November 15, they performed at the Knotfest Japan 2014.[21]

On August 3, 2015, it was announced that bassist Yasuyuki Kotaka had decided to leave the band due to illness.

Signing to Artery Recordings, The Sign and True North (2015–2017)[edit]

On September 7, 2015, Crystal Lake announced they had signed to Artery Recordings in America and JPU Records in the UK and Europe and would be releasing their following album The Sign on these labels. In 2016, Crystal Lake released a new album True North. They later released the single, Apollo in 2017.

Signing to SharpTone Records, and Helix (2018–present)[edit]

Crystal Lake released the single, and accompanying video for The Circle on August 6, and a 3 track release for The Circle was released on August 8. [22]

SharpTone Records announced on November 28 that they had signed Crystal Lake to the label, Crystal Lake released a new single, and accompanying video for the song AEON. [23] On the same day the band released their new album "Helix" exclusively in Japan with no release dates yet for a worldwide release as of then. In 2019, Crystal Lake will support metalcore acts, August Burns Red, Miss May I, and Fit For A King on The Dangerous Tour in North America. In March, the group went on Adept Russian Tour as a warm up.

Band members[edit]



Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon chart[24]
2006 Dimension
  • Released: July 5, 2006
  • Label: Imperium Recordings
2010 Into The Great Beyond
  • Released: November 3, 2010
  • Label: Imperium Recordings
2015 The Sign 36
2016 True North
  • Released:
    • November 30, 2016 (JPN)
    • December 2, 2016 (NA, UK, EU)
  • Label:
2018 Helix
  • Released:
    • November 28, 2018 (JPN)
    • February 15, 2019 (NA, UK, EU)
  • Label:

Mini albums / EPs[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon chart[24]
2014 Cubes
  • Released: August 6, 2014
  • Label: Cube Records

Split albums[edit]

Year Album Details
2004 Blood of Judas

with Extinguish The Fire, Loyal To The Grave

  • Released: October 30, 2004
  • Label: Blood Axe[25]
2005 3 Way Split

with Risen, Unboy

  • Released: April 29, 2005
  • Label: Alliance Trax[26][27]
2008 Crystal Lake / Cleave

with Cleave

  • Released: May 24, 2008
  • Label: HGR


Year Title Oricon chart[28]
2012 "The Fire Inside / Overcome"
2017 "Apollo"
  • Released: October 11, 2017
  • Label: Cube Records
2018 "The Circle"
  • Released: August 8, 2018
  • Label: Cube Records


Year Song Album Artist
2013 "Icons"
(featuring Ryo)
Before My Life Fails[29]
(featuring Ryo)
Storm Chaser Translations[30]
2015 "Monster"
(featuring Ryo)
Magna Carta Swanky Dank[31]
"Neo Khaos"
(featuring Ryo)
Neo Tokyo Rave Style DJ Baku[32]
2016 "Back To Zero"
(featuring Ryo)
Coexistence Breakdown Of Sanity
2017 "Solace"
(featuring Ryo)
Ambivalence End These Days[33]
2017 "Kingsglaive"
(featuring Ryo)
2018 "Angelwrath"
(featuring Ryo)
Spirit Vessel A Scent Like Wolves[35]


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