Twelve Foot Ninja
Silent Machine


4.5
superb

Review

by Billy USER (32 Reviews)
November 1st, 2012 | 154 replies | 13,441 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most interesting and engaging album you'll hear all year.

17 of 17 thought this review was well written

Just about every time you think music is becoming stale, over-saturated or downright boring, there’s always a band ready and waiting to put your faith back in music. Twelve Foot Ninja are one of those bands. Forming in 2007, Twelve Foot Ninja quickly rose to prominence, releasing two EPs packed with genre bending moments of reggae, metal, funk, dub and hardcore, sometimes within the same song. Their debut album, Silent Machine shows the same tendency, with added heaviness and polish.

After the first few verses of opener ‘Coming For You,’ for those new to the band one thing is immediately obvious, Twelve Foot Ninja aren’t afraid to mix contrasting genres mid-song. In fact, they thrive on it. ‘Coming For You’ is vintage Twelve Foot Ninja, blending reggae and metal, with a smattering of electronics evoking thoughts of Mr Bungle and Tomahawk. Throughout the record, the comparisons with various Mike Patton projects will inevitably continue, however to pigeonhole Silent Machine in such a way would be unfair to the band.

While the quintet tend to deviate into a myriad of genres throughout the record, their roots lie in crunchy hard rock, topped with Kin’s commanding vocals. The title track, along with ‘Vanguard’ both exploring pseudo lounge and latin music before returning to some of the best choruses on the album. Elsewhere, the slower ‘Shuriken’ fades away into dub-step like ‘wobs,’ whilst single ‘Mother Sky’ features some of the heaviest guitar riffs the band has written. The addition of guitarist Rohan Hayes has improved the band’s sound tenfold, ensuring the heavier moments on the record have that extra crunch that really fills out the band’s sound.

‘Myth of Progress’ sees Twelve Foot Ninja head down a more straightforward path compared to the majority of the album, with dashes of hardcore and a big rock chorus. While parts of the Middle Eastern infused ‘Kingdom’ wouldn’t be out of place on a record by The Tea Party, with Steve MacKay showing just how talented a guitarist he is. At the other end of the spectrum is the surprising closer ‘Luna,’ showing the more subdued side of the band. Furthermore, ‘Aint that a Bitch’ has an element of pop and reggae to it, before exploding into a wall of guitars towards the end of the song, resulting in one of the best tracks on the album.

Furthering the band’s claim for being one of the more forward thinking heavy bands in the country is their chosen release model for the album. By releasing a track and accompanying comic that follows the song’s lyrics, the model has been a very effective way of getting punters to buy music again. Not to mention comics, all featuring the plights of the Twelve Foot Ninja, are absolute quality. In addition, the drip-feeding of a new track each week has only increased the anticipation of the album even more, and for good reason.

Put simply, Silent Machine is a world-class heavy album from our very own backyard. With growing support from overseas band such as Periphery and Fair To Midland, it can only be a matter of time before Twelve Foot Ninja start getting heard overseas as well. Such is the quality of Silent Machine, one can imagine international interest growing even faster from here on out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Vooligan
November 1st 2012



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Out today.

Album fucking rules.

Wolfhorde
November 1st 2012



13007 Comments


Where'd the tracklist go? This is probably great though.

Vooligan
November 1st 2012



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tracklist should be edited in soon.

Yeah, album rules.

The video for Mother Sky is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I83Xp7itj8c

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2012



7351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Looking forward to listening to it. Good review.

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Drpibb
November 1st 2012



125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

solid review pos'd

Standouts for me are:

Coming for You
Kingdom
Vanguard
Rouge

But seriously, the whole album is absolutely killer

Cipieron
November 1st 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

potential album of the year for me


love this band

ABjordanMM
November 1st 2012



1387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Want to listen to this.

Digging: Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

iswimfast
November 1st 2012



1286 Comments


Is there a stream or anything?

Digging: A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent

Ssssssss
November 1st 2012



683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ye I really wanna hear this. Is it streaming anywhere? Its not even on itunes yet.

Firestarter
November 1st 2012



277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's not on UK itunes

Cipieron
November 1st 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

how about buy if off their website so they see of the money? iTunes is horrible

you get digital downloads of all the songs, pdf copy of the comics, and a physical copy

Vooligan
November 1st 2012



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, you can get a digital download for $16 straight off their website and get to bypass shitty itunes.

http://twelvefootninja.com/

Emim
November 1st 2012



26604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't wait to listen

Firestarter
November 1st 2012



277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It says $22 on the website. I presumes that's Aus Dollars. In which case its about £14 which is about standard for a new cd over here. Can't see an option for a digital download for $16, which would be ideal because the shipping to the UK would take forever!

Either way definitely getting this from there site as opposed to itunes

Firestarter
November 1st 2012



277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nevermind I found it. Although now its trying to charge me $4 for shipping when its just a digital download therefore no shipping is involved -_-

Cipieron
November 1st 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Coming For You


what a great last track to debut

ABjordanMM
November 1st 2012



1387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

anyone find a stream?


cb123
November 1st 2012



2006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy crap i need to hear this, band is awesome

Vooligan
November 1st 2012



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Film clip for Coming For You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ST85Sui43Q

Drpibb
November 1st 2012



125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That was incredible



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