Crystal Lake (band)

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Crystal Lake
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Metalcore
Years active 2002–present
Labels CUBE Records (Japan)
Artery Recordings (North America)
JPU Records (Europe)
Members Ryo Kinoshita
Yudai Miyamoto
Shinya Hori
Gaku Taura (support)
Past members Kentaro Nishimura
Yusuke Ishihara
Seiji Nagasawa
Yasuyuki Kotaka
Teruki Takahashi

Crystal Lake is a Japanese metalcore band from Tokyo, formed in 2002.


Formation (2002–2005)[edit]

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

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

In 2005 the band released a split CD[1] with Risen and Unboy. They also toured in Malaysia.

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

On February, 2006, they performed at "Independence D". On July, 2006, the 1st full-length album "Dimension"[2] was released by Imperium Recordings. After the release of the album, they went on "Dimension Tour" in Japan.

On February, 2007, they performed at "Metal Presentation"[3] with I Killed The Prom Queen, on Merch "Hatebreed Japan Tour"[4] and "Rockstar Taste of Chaos 2007[5] in Japan" on November.

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

On May, 2008, they released split cd[6] with Cleave (de), and they performed at "Rockstar Taste of Chaos 2008[7] in Japan" on November.

On January, 2009, they toured Japan with Parkway Drive and Shai Hulud.[8][9]

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

On May 27, 2010, Crystal Lake released free download demo[10] "Endeavor" on their MySpace page. 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 Jun 11, 2011, Kentaro left the band.

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

On Mar 24, 2012, Yusuke left the band. On Jul 3 2012, they announced their new singer Ryo Kinoshita on their Facebook page.[11] "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 that Summer.[12] On Sep 5, 2012, they released a new single "The Fire Inside / Overcome" which was mixed and Mastered by Brian Hood at 456 Recordings.

On Jan 26 to Feb 1, 2013, they toured with As Blood Runs Black and Confession. On 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 Feb 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 called "Cubes" via YouTube page, which was released on August 6, 2014.[13] 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[14] Tour with Crossfaith, We Came As Romans and While She Sleeps in September. On October 25, they started their headlining tour Cubes Tour 2014. On November 15, they performed at the Knotfest Japan 2014.[15]

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

Signing To Artery Recordings and The Sign (2015-present)[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.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Yudai Miyamoto – guitar (2002–present)
  • Shinya Hori – guitar (2002–present)
  • Ryo Kinoshita – vocals (2012–present)
  • Gaku Taura – drums (2012–present)
Former members
  • Kentaro Nishimura – vocals (2002–2011)
  • Yusuke Ishihara – drums (2002–2012)
  • Seiji Nagasawa - bass (2002–2007)
  • Yasuyuki Kotaka – bass (2007–2015)
  • Teruki Takahashi – bass (2015–2016)


Year Title Label Highest Chart Position
2003 Freewill - Single Self -
2004 Split - Album with Loyal To The Grave / Extinguish The Fire Bloodaxe -
2005 Split - Album with Unboy / Risen Alliance Trax -
2006 Dimension Imperium Recordings -
2008 Split - EP with Cleave HGR / Self -
2010 Endeavor - Free Download Single (MySpace Limited) Self -
2010 Into The Great Beyond Imperium Recordings -
2012 The Fire Inside / Overcome - Single Self -
2014 Cubes Cube Records No.45 on Oricon Albums Chart[16]
2015 The Sign Cube Records (JP) / Artery Recordings (US) / JPU Records (EU) / Halfcut Records & Shock Records (AUS) No.36 on Oricon Albums Chart[17]
2016 True North


  1. ^ alliance trax (2005-12-31). "3way split". Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ (2006-07-31). "Dimension CD". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  3. ^ (2007-01-31). "Crystal Lake with I Killed The Prom Queen". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  4. ^ (2007-03-01). "Crystal Lake performed with Hatebreed". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  5. ^ (2007-10-28). "Crystal Lake taste of chaos 2007". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  6. ^ (2008-06-01). "Split CD with Cleave". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  7. ^ (2008-10-28). "Crystal Lake taste of chaos 2008". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  8. ^ (2009-01-01). "Crystal Lake, Parkway Drive, Shai Hulud Japan Tour 2009". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  9. ^ (2008-11-19). "Japan Tour 2009". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  10. ^ (2010-05-27). "Endeavor demo 2010". Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  11. ^ (2012-07-03). "New vocalist announced". Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  12. ^ (2012-07-30). "New Single". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  13. ^ (2014-06-13). "Crystal Lake - Cubes". Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  14. ^ (2014-05-30). "Across The Future". Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  15. ^ (2014-11-16). "KNOTFEST JAPAN 2014". Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  16. ^ "CUBES | CRYSTAL LAKE". ORICON STYLE (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  17. ^ "THE SIGN | CRYSTAL LAKE". ORICON STYLE (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-06-22. 

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