Bless Up

Artist: 
Shinobi Ninja
Non-Airable Tracks: 
NONE (FCC Clean)
Label: 
Shinobi Ninja LLC.
Album Art: 

Although music can be used express messages to its audience or stand for some higher politcal agenda, there's nothing wrong with using music as a medium to simply be enjoyed, or to be fun to listen to. Shinobi Ninja, a rock band that hails from Brooklyn, New York, is a band that falls under the latter. I had never heard of Shinobi Ninja prior to listening to their latest self-released album titled Bless Up, and decided to check out their upcoming album that is set to be released in March. Althoug I originally only planned to give it a listen because the group followed me on Twitter, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Bless Up is actually an extrememly engaging listen, and I had a ton of fun listening to it.

Let me start by saying that this is not your ordinary hip-hop inspired band. On Bless Up, Shinobi Ninja blend a variety of genres together with absolute ease, and it rarely sounds forced or awkward. From metal to electronic to hardcore-punk breakdowns, Bless Up never sounds mundane, and each song is unique in its own way. I also really liked the fact that there are 2 vocalists, one female and male, and felt that they matched each other very well and made the songs all the more interesting to listen to. On the chugging rock-anthem opener "Subcon", the band immediately lets you know that they are here to tear shit up. Most of the songs are upbeat and were definitely made to get the crowd moving, such as "Bang Bang" and "Bending Spoons". While I enjoyed most of the album, the only song that I found myself unintersted in was "Unswayable", which I felt was the only dud on the 11-track album. However, the rest of the album is filled with nonstop bangers. "Programmable Animal" showcases the best fusion of genres on the album, switching from a headbanging rock tune to an AWESOME genre switch to a hip-hop with electronic drums. The LP closes with "Dancing in the Crowd", a song with eerie lyrics... and reminds me of "Ride" by Lana Del Rey for some reason, but nevertheless, it was the perfect choice to close the album with!

Although Bless Up is an album that was obviously made with the intention to be sent to rock radio stations everywhere, its far from the ordinary radio-friendly album. Shinobi Ninja is a unique band that seamlessly blends a multitude of genres together, and seems to be having as much fun as they possibly can. Even if this doesn't suit your tastes, give these guys a listen. I feel that they will be blowing up in popularity in the near future. 

Sounds Like: 
Rage Against the Machine
Sounds Like: 
Flobots
Sounds Like: 
Banks & Steelz
Recommended Tracks: 
6. Programmable Animal - 5/5. That genre switch at the end is SO TIGHT
10. Bending Spoons - 4/5, a reggae inspired tune, super chill
11. Dancing in the Crowd - 4/5, an inspirational song that does a good job at closing the album
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017