Twelve Foot Ninja
New Dawn


4.0
excellent

Review

by Billy USER (32 Reviews)
January 17th, 2010 | 228 replies | 15,474 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Funk? Ska? Metal? Dub? Reggae? Pick a genre, Twelve Foot Ninja play it.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Another band to add to the burgeoning alternative rock scene in Australia, Melbournians Twelve Foot Ninja do things a little differently. The four piece’s music is based around the story of the Twelve Foot Ninja, written by guitarist Steve McKay. New Dawn details the first part of the Ninja’s attempt to restore balance in a world headed toward self-inflicted catastrophe. However, don’t pass this off as a gimmick, the music is great and fits perfectly with the story. Staying true to the theme, TFN play an experimental style of rock, influenced heavily by eastern music.

While they might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it goes without saying, TFN have copious amounts of potential. Opener ‘Molotov Brother’ proves this straight away with its funk and reggae influenced verses proving the perfect contrast to its Faith No More styled chorus. In fact, one of the gripes Twelve Foot Ninja have to contend with is that lead singer Kin sounds too much like Mike Patton. However, on New Dawn, it is one of their strengths as the vocals fit the style of music perfectly, particularly in the heavier moments.

On paper, Twelve Foot Ninja come off as a mess of influences and genres, moving from a funk or ska styled verse before exploding into something one would find on a Karnivool record. This is particularly true on songs such as ‘Endless’ and ‘F.E.A.R.’ where the band move from light to dark and back again in a flash. It is however, when the band wears their eastern influences on their sleeve that they truly get their sound perfect, which is exactly what happens on ‘Beneath the Smiles.’ An EP highlight, ‘Beneath the Smiles’ brings out their ‘true ninja’ combining some more traditional eastern sounds with their already potent alternative rock sound, resulting in a monstrous track.

Backed by a very strong rhythm section in Russ (Drums) and Damon (Bass), Twelve Foot Ninja even find a place for the soul inspired ‘Portrait #1’ which is full acoustic guitars and Patton-esque vocals. Closer ‘Dark Passenger’ sees the band hitting their straps again for what is probably the heaviest song on the record, highlighting yet another set of influences ala Mr Bungle and Meshuggah.

Even if you’re not a fan of their sound, one cannot deny that on New Dawn no track sounds the same. This works very much in the band’s favour, making even the slightly interested listener wonder where in the hell they’ll go with their next release. One thing’s for sure though, it’s bound to be different.

The entire EP is streaming at www.myspace.com/twelvefootninja



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Vooligan
January 17th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, more Aussie alt rock.

For those who are intrigued, the story that the EP was based on can be read here: www.twelvefootninja.com

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2010



30291 Comments


Holy crap, I completely forgot about these guys! Pretty sure i've seen them live, but I might be wrong

Pos'd

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

Vooligan
January 17th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude. Where did you maybe see them??

Piglet
January 17th 2010



4644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just hope this doesn't become a karnivool train

Vooligan
January 17th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha why not? Not a fan of the ninja way?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2010



30291 Comments


Vooligan: I was in oz about halfway through last year, swear I saw them perform. My recollection of that holiday is a little fuzzy though, but if it was them it was good

Piglet
January 17th 2010



4644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ninjas smell like bananas.

but anyways I'm downloading this now

Vooligan
January 17th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Deviant: Nice, they're heaps of fun live. You should check this out.

Piglet: Even Twelve Foot Ninjas?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2010



30291 Comments


Already downloading it haha

Piglet
January 17th 2010



4644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hmm Twelve Foot Ninjas i think have a much more tangy mid-eastern aroma.

Piglet
January 17th 2010



4644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ner-ner i've already downloaded and up to the third song
the race is on deviant!!

Vooligan
January 17th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, first person to rate wins a prize.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2010



30291 Comments


What's the prize?

Vooligan
January 17th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A pixie.

Piglet
January 17th 2010



4644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but pixies smell like Irish Strawberries

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2010



30291 Comments


The fairy type or the chocolate bar type?

Vooligan
January 17th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The fairy type embedded in the chocolate bar type.

Piglet
January 17th 2010



4644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i was thinking more... well... orange minted chocolate bar types

Piglet
January 17th 2010



4644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is great btw.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2010



30291 Comments


Chocolate covered fairy? Awesome, did I win?



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