The Heavy Metal Ninjas, who formed in 2010 (the year of the ninja), have certainly transcended the mortal realm with their debut EP of the same name. From devastating riffs, synchronised perfectly with meticulous timing, the five Ninjas including Stu and Fran Kora from multi-platinum selling band Kora, look set to completely annihilate the competition.
The four-track release is a study in self-control over the natural elements and often defies the laws of physics. Think soulful Satriani crossed with Meshuggah’s intensity, and you’ll be close to the brutal and beautiful precision of the Ninjas.
The Author kicks off the hugely epic EP with subtle samples and synthesizers from Quasar effectively boosting the power of the axe attack. Counterpoint from a cohesive rhythm section is an otherworldly display of musical perfection. What If then slows things down and gives Richie Allan on lead guitar the scope to really soar through the heavens. The dynamic progression in the aptly named M45 captures a space odyssey theme with a huge expansive wall of sound. Alternative syncopation from Joe Brownless on drums, with hints of ghost accents throughout, fit perfectly into the bands wicked polymetered cycles. Red Shift brings it all together with a blindingly fast and perfectly executed song structure.
Just like their namesake, the Auckland based Ninjas unorthodox instrumental approach makes for spectacular results. Get a copy of The Heavy Metal Ninjas’ debut EP today.
With their debut EP due out on March 5th via Warner music, 2012 looks set to be the year of The Heavy Metal Ninjas.
Led by guitar virtuoso (and Ibanez endorsed) Richie Allan, the band are, as you would expect, all about the metal.
Delivering a jaw-dropping performance of the winning classical composition at last year's APRA awards, the sheer power and spectacle of their live show has to be witnes...sed first hand. The band deliver a ferocious guitar onslaught of instrumentals while dressed as ninjas, complete with an impressive light show that has them firing laser beams from their fingers. Showmanship is something that has been sorely missing from the local music scene of late, but The Heavy Metal Ninjas arena-ready epic flamboyance is here to lift the bar.