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THE NINJA REPORT – ‘IT’S BEEN A WHILE’ EP REVIEW

THE NINJA REPORT – ‘IT’S BEEN A WHILE’ EP REVIEW



Silently infiltrating their way onto the hard rock scene with their debut EP, they are “ninjas” after all, are these four talented gentlemen straight from the heart and birthplace of some of the most influential, rocking music to be created, Manchester. Silently infiltrating? Who am I kidding they’ve come charging in head first through rock’s front door!

Kick-starting the ride off ‘It’s Been a While’ with its alluring and distorted intro might have you suffering from brain shake for a little while, but that’s good, so have no fear as it only gets better. For me, you can’t go wrong when you turn everything up to 11, drums, guitar & bass. The heavier the better! The concoction these guys have managed to muster is just absolute shock and awe, fantastic.

I did say it was going to get better, right? Brace yourself then for the immense guitar solo midway through ‘It’s Always You’ courtesy of the guitar wizards Tim Smith & Dom Lane. The effortless transition between the two guys here from verse and rhythm to full on neck shredding string bending madness with strong and husky vocals throughout.

‘Leave Me Behind’ really captured this EP for me. The intro was something else and really took me to a peaceful place, especially when the harmonic was hit. Full of intricate walk downs and imaginative riffs. The lyrics, as with everything else about this song, such as Max Gore’s drumming are pieced together perfectly. Persistent guitar solos as well as the tremendous amount of energy and passion that actually seeps through the song, out of your speakers and into the physical world. Linking the melody of the song as well as the vocals reminded me of ‘With Arms Wide Open‘ by Creed, who I would say have had an influence on these fellas.

Epic guitar slide! ‘Open Arms’ by far being the heaviest track on the album and is a roof raiser, to say the least, definitely goes out with a bang. I couldn’t think of a better way to leave your fans, eager for more hard rock and with a slight concussion from all the head banging.

If they can keep this up which I have every faith they will they’ll soon be taking over Manchester’s Hard Rock scene as well as its shiny, thorny crown.

 

Words by Tomm

 

TRACK LISTING:

IT’S BEEN A WHILE

IT’S ALWAYS YOU

LEAVE ME BEHIND

OPEN ARMS