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Sunday, September 15 2013 22:31

TWELVE FOOT NINJA - SILENT MACHINE (Album Review)

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Released elsewhere in the World nearly a year ago, SILENT MACHINE, the full-length debut from Australia's TWELVE FOOT NINJA has quietly been available via iTunes in the 'States despite having no "official" U.S. release. That changes on October 1, when SILENT MACHINE gets a physical release in the United States (complete with a pair of acoustic bonus tracks) and the band hits the road with PERIPHERY, BORN OF OSIRIS, and DEAD LETTER CIRCUS. Having had the original digital version of the album here at Rock Father HQ for quite awhile, I feel like I've been holding out by not sharing some words on it yet. Why, you ask? Because, I have experienced the SILENT MACHINE, and oh, what a glorious machine it is...

12footninjaThe immediate appeal is the apparent influence of FAITH NO MORE and MR. BUNGLE, which I know has been pointed out by countless online web jockeys before me, but is just so bold that if ever denied, I'd say the band is lying. In many ways, TWELVE FOOT NINJA picks up the torch for a style of genre-bending sonics that bands like TUB RING, DOG FASHION DISCO, and LOSTPROPHETS once carried before them, to varying degrees of success.

Here, it just clicks. Or as my wife says, "There you go again with another band playing weird circus music."

TWELVE FOOT NINJA is just fantastic - their heavy, guitar-driven metal seamlessly woven into an aural canvas peppered with elements of funk, jazz, reggae, and pure, unadulterated, badassness, carried by melodic vocals and epic choruses. 

And my four-year-old daughter loves them, too. I'd give you a few standout tracks, but in that case I'd just be posting the entire tracklisting. Yes, one 2013's greatest albums was actually released in 2012.

5

The Rock Father Rating: 5/5 Stars

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

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