RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR

The Legacy Of Shi NU­CLEAR BLAST

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Ja­pan-ob­sessed cross­over met­allers get Go­jira front­man be­hind the decks

Where to place Rise Of The Northstar in the metal land­scape? The cross­over met­allers’ sec­ond al­bum is an­other un­holy mix of thrash metal, nu metal, hard­core and hip hop, merged with the band’s fas­ci­na­tion for Ja­panese cul­ture. That last ele­ment of their sound sounds gim­micky but, in truth, lyrics about un­de­feated em­per­ors, Manga char­ac­ters and Tokyo sub­urbs are for­got­ten once the open­ing riff on The Awak­en­ing kicks in. Fit­tingly, The Legacy Of

Shi was pro­duced and recorded by Go­jira’s Joe Du­plantier who makes his pres­ence felt in the slam­ming swag­ger of Nekketsu and This Is

Cross­over, which sound like Godzilla crush­ing a build­ing. There are early Ma­chine Head vibes on All For One while the band’s hip hop in­flu­ences come through with French rap­ping on Furyo’s Day and nods to KRS One on Cold Truth. This is mon­strous fun, de­signed to get pits mov­ing. FOR FANS OF: SLAYER, MADBALL, RAGE AGAINST THE MA­CHINE

DANNII LEIVERS

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