MP3 Ronin - The Sun Rises In the East
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7 MP3 Songs
METAL: Alternative Metal, ROCK: Grunge
This collective known as Ronin was formed in late 2002 in NYC, and boasts some serious talent, with all the band members having extensive experience and credits in the world of rock...and beyond.
Drummer Michael Sapp is a world travelled jazz percussionist; Ranger X and Captain T usually travel in tandem, with the latter having no less than 6 releases to his credit while Ninja Boy fits in as the renaissance man, who works the production end, but also writes scores for TV and film when he's not laying pipe with Ronin. Still with me? In addition, lyrics on many of the tracks here come courtesy of underground NYC poet the Madd Doctor. This is merely the Cliff notes version of their lengthy and intimidating bio. For the full effect, check it out for yourself at Ronin
Given such varied individual accomplishments and musical leanings, I was bracing for an unrefined, hodge-podge of everyone doing their own thing...and that usually means a make record. Let's just say that is not the case with Ronin's debut "The Sun Rises In The East". On this record, Ronin touches on all the aforementioned styles and compacts them into a fiery, focussed slab that I've been spinning non-stop for two weeks.
Don't let the whispery, jazzy intro of "Six Eight" throw you, as before you know it, you are thrown headlong into some sharp riffage and complex bass that evolves into a real progressive jam, bringing to mind mid-era Rush and Opiate era tool. "Take The Sky" and "Portal" continue on by showcasing the hypnotic vocals and picturesque guitar soundscapes of Captain T and Ranger X. Huge praise for Emily Greene from New York rock band The Mynks, who steals the show with her soaring, riveting vocals on "Portal" - just one of the gems on this debut.
These bouts of melody and melancholy are usually short, but are integral to the layering and overall effect of the songs - and almost always end up kicking your ass with bursts of ad-lib bass and drum work. Ronin continue to push the envelope again with the loose funk-blues of "Say Goodbye", and "America's Free Pt. 2 (The Final Feast)", as they work a cool Rage Against The Machine style vibe (minus the ultra angry politico attitude). The only drawback in my eyes is the band's tendency to Tool-like song structures. Barring that, this amalgam of styles makes for an overall fresh and exciting listen.
Download "Take The Sky" and "America's Free Pt. 2 (The Final Feast)" at the band's website. I think y'all 'll dig it. NYC folks, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming live gigs. Buy the CD online at CD Baby - by Nick at Stoner Rock Chick https://www.tradebit.com
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