Metalucifer
Heavy Metal Ninja EP

I realize that some bands just aren’t for everyone.

Japan has always been a solid part of the world of Metal. Loudness and Sigh are the first two that come to mind for me. Metalucifer, not so much. A side project conceived by Gezol (Sabbat), Metalucifer have a body of work that dates to 1996 with Heavy Metal Drill. In all honesty, since I’ve never heard them before Heavy Metal Ninja, I must concentrate on a four song EP with karaoke versions of the same songs… Yeah, ok.

Metalucifer have a big love for all things eighties metal. Riffs are fatter than a school of Sumo fighters, and vocals soar like a steel eagle across an open steppe, traveling swiftly to a giant Heavy Metal party in the clouds. So, Heavy Metal Ninja… sensational production means that every note rings true, and everything is in its right place. I love the fun aspect of their music, it’s like Steel Panther without being a gang of annoying douche canoes, these guys are serious about their Metal, even if it is a bit cheeky.

Let’s see here, “Born to Play Heavy Metal” starts the album off with a nice, driving riff as do all the tracks present; title track- fat riff, “New Wave of British Heavy Metal”- fat riff, “Heavy Metal Bang your Heads”- fat riff. This album is so fat, it needs a diet! But I digress because after the four songs are over, they come back again- in karaoke versions!!!!!!

Anyway, this is a solid, riff heavy piece of Metal. Like I said it isn’t for everyone, but then neither is Taylor Swift, and this is still better than anything she’s ever done. So, if you like traditional Heavy Metal that feels like 1989 ended yesterday, this is for you!

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Written by Jeremy Beck
September 2nd, 2022

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