Twelve Foot Ninja

Twelve Foot Ninja

 Victoria, AUS
BandAlternativeRock

Twelve Foot Ninja defy the norm in heavy music and the world is taking notice with 5-star album reviews, high profile fans and packed headline shows across Australia, UK & Nth America. They would sit comfortably alongside the likes of Tool, Deftones, Faith No More & Meshuggah, yet their sound is incomparable.

Biography

2014 has been a fruitful year for Twelve Foot Ninja, scooping up the ‘Best New Talent’ award at the prestigious Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles – before winning over thousands of fans at Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma and West Coast radio conference Sunset Sessions Rock.

Twelve Foot Ninja
’s journey started with the release of EPs NEW DAWN (2008) and SMOKE BOMB (2010) – both of which gained the support of alternative radio in Australia and enabled them to build a small but dedicated following across Australia. The band then followed up these EPs with their debut album SILENT MACHINE
. Silent Machine was produced by guitarist Stevic, while the mixing process was a dual effort by the unlikely duo of Christian Scallan and Tetsuya ‘Ted’ Furuhashi. Final mastering took place in LA by the legendary Howie Weinberg (Deftones, Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Muse). To accompany their debut album release, the band produced a world-class 72 page colour comic in collaboration with UK artist Keith Draws, as a way to deepen the experience of the album. In a rush to pre-order the band's debut album, fans crashed the Twelve Foot Ninja website. The debut album was released in the US October 2013 to stellar reviews by the most credible of heavy music press.

Twelve Foot Ninja are also known for creating world-class videos with unexpected plot twists. The videos for Mother Sky and Coming For You have a combined total of over 2.4 million views. Twelve Foot Ninja kicked off 2014 by premiering the long-awaited music video for the song “Ain’t That A Bitch.” Promising to create an action-packed and gory tale of retribution against an internet troll, the group was able to successfully raise over $45,000 to make the video using the crowd-funding website Pozible.com, breaking a world record for the most amount crowd funded for a stand-alone music video. To help the band bring their over-the-top vision to life, the band called on Penthouse Magazine “Pet” Madison Rhys, a seven-foot-tall Alaskan brown bear, and longtime supporters Periphery to make appearances in the video, as well as assistance from a prosthetics make-up artist who worked on the film The Hobbit.

On the live front, Twelve Foot Ninja were selected to support progressive metal juggernauts Periphery (US) and Tesseract (UK) in Australia – prompting the founder/guitarist of Periphery to profess, “Twelve Foot Ninja are basically one of the best live bands I have ever seen in my life. Holy f*** they are tight”. Fast forward- the band sold out all capital cities on their first national headline tour in January 2013 and backed it up later that year with the ‘Shuriken’ tour that saw audiences grow in intensity in Australia and surprise on the upside in the UK and Germany. The band’s first tour dates in Europe included a heaving, sold out headline show in London with most of the audience singing lyrics with the sort of familiarity previously only seen in their home city of Melbourne. The following night, Twelve Foot Ninja played the main stage at Euroblast Festival in Cologne, selling the most amount of merch of any band except the headliner, the godfathers of progressive metal, Meshuggah. In October-November 2013, Twelve Foot Ninja toured the US and Canada for the first time – opening for Periphery. The band attracted a lot of interest from metal and heavy rock tastemakers during that tour and were quickly scooped up and booked to perform some US festivals in 2014.

Twelve Foot Ninja’s debut album SILENT MACHINE was released in Europe and North America late 2013. Showcasing the group’s refreshing blend of metal with a turn-on-a-dime experimental side, Silent Machine crept into the Top 20 of CMJ’s Loud Rock music charts. Twelve Foot Ninja has also been championed by Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), Misha Mansoor (Periphery), Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Wolf Van Halen (Van Halen/Tremonti) and Jose Mangin (Sirius XM).

Lyrics

Molotov Brother

Written By: Twelve Foot Ninja

Look closely at this heart
and you’ll see what you forgot
what never happened may just be what you want
be what you want

Eat it up
and breathe it in
let it become you like it’s always been
what never happened may just be what you want
be what you want

Lies!
Your empire
ship of denial
run aground

Tell me
what have you got to lose?

Never too late to start again
for it is only just a means to an end
what never happened may just be what you want
be what you want

Lies!
Your empire
ship of denial
run aground

Tell me
what have you got to lose?
Nothing
there’s nothing left to lose
nothing left

I am a Molotov brother
you will only get burned
with all the hate
make no mistake
the flames will only get worse
for those that call me unforgivable
I’m raising the bar
am I too far gone to know I’ve gone too far?

In this world of hindsight and regrets
you know those moments are lost
never to play out again
the day when you finally flip and lose your mind
is only a matter of time

Beneath The Smiles

Written By: Twelve Foot Ninja

The scars beneath their smiles
run length to length
a million miles
the wisdom of a broken child
who feels at home amidst the fire
Master knows and he knows best
the universe within his chest
the ascendant rise
the cowards fall
learn nothing, when you know it all

Are we men?
or are we mice?
For certain death awaits outside
We must beat this system now
there’s too many to take them down
the only way we’ll make it out
shed ourselves of shame and doubt
the only way we’ll make it out
is if we make a break
without a sound

Seize their prize
storm the gates
for all we know they sleep awake

They’re marching to the drums like sheep
take a bow and grit your teeth
the shrouded moon
it’s a sign
we have to move now
it is time!

Are we men?
or are we mice?
For certain death awaits outside
We must beat this system now
there’s too many to take them down
the only way we’ll make it out
shed ourselves of shame and doubt
the only way we’ll make it out
is if we make a break
without a sound

Seize their prize
storm the gates
for all we know they sleep awake

We will overcome
atonement awaits
unseen to the eyes

Discography

NEW DAWN (2008 EP)
1. Molotov Brother
2. Beneath the Smiles
3. Portrait #1
4. F.E.A.R.
5. Endless
6. Dark Passenger

SMOKE BOMB (2010 EP)
1. Clarion
2. War
3. Apocolypstik
4. Child With No Enemy
5. Manufacture Of Consent

SILENT MACHINE (2012 Debut Album)
1. Coming For You
2. Kingdom
3. Mother Sky
4. Shuriken
5. Vanguard
6. Deluge
7. Liberation
8. Silent Machine
9. Rogue
10. Myth of Progress
11. Ain't That A Bitch
12. Luna

Set List

Mother Sky
Child With No Enemy
Vanguard
FEAR
Silent Machine
Portrait 1
Deluge
War
Manufacture of Consent
Rogue
Clarion
Kingdom
Coming For You
Shuriken