To tell the truth, I don’t even know where to begin explaining what I just saw. I guess I could get away with calling it the most eclectic line-up I’ve ever witnessed, but hell, that isn’t even enough to describe Twelve Foot Ninja at the newly revamped 170 Russell St.

So let’s start with the first act, local boys Shadowgame. The three piece grunge act tore into their short set, but the true highlight of this act came when guitarist Aryn Carkeet threw himself away from his mic. With movements as jagged as his shrieking licks, the frontman was a thrill to watch. Unfortunately, these moments were few, and most of the time the act were quite still despite the roaring noise they created.

Next up was EDM/metalcore fusion act The Algorithm, whose show was just as confusing as that genre. The DJ/drummer duo hammered out a sound indescribable unless heard, what I assume Bring Me the Horizon would sound like if they had chosen to become a harsh noise act. Blasting their bizarre fusion sound over a backdrop of various retro game videos, the audience couldn’t help but stare at the intensity before them. Within the hour the entire room was transfixed by the duo, and they left to a wall of applause.

“So as you’ve all already guessed, I’m the cleanser before Twelve Foot Ninja fuck your ears” advised Daniel Calabro. And with his cheery demeanour, cleanse is just what he and his acoustic did. The second instrumental set for the night, the solo artist plucked his golden toned guitar to an audience catching their breath. Unfortunately, his set was just that, and he was rushed off the stage in little more than 20 mins.

With the floor rumbling and the crowd cheering, Twelve Foot Ninja burst into their set with ‘Coming For You’. But it wasn’t until the third track, ‘The Myth of Progress’, that the band hit its stride. As singer Kin Etik performs vocal gymnastics reminiscent of an early Mike Patton, the jittering bassline and guitar licks created a hellish carnival of noise.

Clearly missed, the crowd replied with a scream of applause and a flurry of big fists. As the five piece took on even the earliest corners of its discography, the energy didn’t cease. Each track radically different from each other, yet still flowing seamlessly together just proved why the demand is so high for these soon to be alt metal giants. After finishing with an encore of ‘Molotov Brother’ and ‘Mother Sky’, the crowd dissipated, but the hype was still there. And I doubt it’ll fade by the next tour.

Ben Spencer

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