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…
The 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.
The Rock Father Rating: 5/5 Stars