NINJASPY has the blood and guts to change the industry, no really … they’re a trio of blood brothers (Joel, Adam, & Tim Parent) who are seriously making an impact in the Reggae Metal Fusion genre. Its not a super popular scene, but few bands such as Skindred and 2 Skinny J’s have come to master the art. NINJASPY has been kickin’ it since 2006, and they’ve released two full length albums in the last 11 years. Their newest release, Spüken, is due out April 14, 2017. If you have heard them before, you know what they’re capable of. If you haven’t, read this. I think you’ll want to check out the hype.
The blend of the raw and heavy power needed in a metal band with the low end grooves of a jazz band is intense to say the least. Funky transitions into nu-metal screams, then back to the reggae beats. It throws you to the edge of your seat. “Brother Man” is that in a nutshell, and this is a jam that you’d rock with the windows down at 65. Another track that really had my attention was “Dead Duck Dock,” all metal, forget the reggae on this one … a mixture of classic Mudvayne and Avenged Sevenfold. The only time the track changes its pace is in the ending … back to the groovy melodic riffing. My favorite on the record and possibly the most fun, “Jump Ya Bones,” is a true form rock/reggae mixture that is that of a 311 or a Crobot. It takes the purest reggae and absolutely destroys this new genre with the lyrics and rhythm. “Slave Vehemence” is a heavy hitting, experimental, fast paced drag race from the green to the checkered. It’s extreme in the sense of their style, but it gives me so much love for their music. Knowing that this band can move from one end of the spectrum to the other, is portrays absolute talent that cannot be contained. NINJASPY will break out onto the festival scene very soon. Check them out NOW!
I find the coolest part about Spüken is it was completely fan funded, and was a blend from new writings of the band and songs that were written 10+ years ago. To put an album together with songs that were potentially not included on previous records and turn them into hits years later takes talent. Produced by the talented Garth Richardson (Kittie, Mudvayne, RATM, The Melvins), Spüken is one of the highly anticipated albums in 2017.
“These 10 songs span a decade, so there are a lot of different feels happening from song to song that represent what we got into over the years. It’s like we spent 10 years swallowing everything life threw at us, then we threw it all back up again, and are now able to listen to the blended, half-digested version of it.” says vocalist / guitarist Joel Parent.
Check out the video for the album’s first single “Speak”…
Dead Duck Dock
Jump Ya Bones!
Grip The Cage