Crossfaith Announce Departure of Hiroki Ikegawa
Japanese metalcore band Crossfaith has announced they have parted ways with bassist Hiroki Ikegawa. The news came in a press release where they thanked him and wished him luck going forward. They reiterated that they would continue touring and working on new music.
“We have been searching for a way for all of us to stay together until the very end,” said vocalist Kenta Koie. “However, upon careful consideration about the future of Crossfaith and each one of us, Hiro and we have decided to go our separate ways.”
Ikegawa shared his own message on the band’s Instagram post.
“I’m sitting, writing this and remembering all the paths we went through. Every gig was its own odyssey. Every gig has its own story,” he wrote. “I tried to express what I’m feeling and thinking now with so many words. But after all, all I want to say was thank you for being with us and I had a good Timo like I used to say after the show. My and their odyssey, called one’s life, are still going on as long as we live. ‘Even darkness must pass’ my old friend mentioned this all the time so i leave this quote here. I’ve been still feeling well and surrounded by my Smiles. And I’m ready to discover what the future has in store for us and me. Until then, please know it’s been the joy of a lifetime to spend the last 16 years with Crossfaith and you.”
Crossfaith was formed in 2006, with Terufumi Tamano handling the bass duties. They added Ikegawa in 2008 and have kept the same lineup ever since. They have released four studio albums: The Dream, the Space (2011), Apocalyze (2013), Xeno (2015), and Ex Machina (2018).