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
About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality and Commentator.
He serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), has made guest appearances as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew, was featured in the Father's Day issue of Lake County Magazine, and is a former contributor to Chicago Parent.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.
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