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Twelve Foot Ninja – Lee’s Palace – CMW 2014

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Twelve Foot Ninja – Lee’s Palace – CMW 2014

Cred: Stephanie Tran

Cred: Stephanie Tran

Who: Twelve Foot Ninja
From: Melbourne Australia
Where: Lee’s Palace
When: Saturday, May 10 – 9pm


Style: Taking prog from Dream Theatre, funk from Faith No More and Korn, plus melodies from Lacuna Coil, Twelve Foot Ninja wear their influences on their sleeves. To their credit they generally don’t veer too far into generic modern rock or nu-metal territory, so they come across as genuinely passionate and energetic. At their best they sound like a tight blend of the groovier side of hard rock, and at their worst they sound like Nickelback with a techno backing track.

The Crowd: The hardcore faithful hadn’t arrived to see headliners OFF! and Cerebral Ballzy, so attendance was still a bit light. But there were about 50-60 passionate fans that turned up early to see these hard-rock upstarts, who were fresh off winning the “Best New Talent” award at the Revolver Golden Gods ceremony late last month.

Technicalities: Oblivious to the band, one of the guitars had dropped out near the beginning of the set. Vocalist Kin did a great job bridging the small delay with charming stage banter, while the rhythm section provided background distraction. Otherwise the band was technically on point, and worked well as a unit on stage.

Sex Appeal/Image: Appreciated the plain black clothes with lack of band shirts. Generally normal looking dudes, which is fine, but it wasn’t surprising that most of the people there to see them were also generally normal looking dudes, which is fine.

Memorable Song/Moment: Of all the bands that Twelve Foot Ninja evoke, Lacuna Coil is the most obvious. The band provides casually melodic hooks and big intros that drop out so the focus can be placed on the vocals. Kin has an impressive set of pipes and luckily the music seems to be built around showing them off. The melodies are generally pleasing, but they come across as if they are only there to increase anticipation for Kin to belt out the chorus. In that regard they succeed.

Review: Andrew Epstein
Photos: Stephanie Tranmore pics here


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