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Twelve Foot Ninja - Outlier album review

Aussie musical magpies' electrifying second album defies all genre conventions

Twelve Foot Ninja Outlier album cover

So, what to make of the second album from these bonkers Melbourne musos? Well, that’s easy, because as soon as Outlier’s opening track One Hand Killing unfurls, you know it’s just not possible to clarify exactly where this belongs. It’s got metal, rap, funk, soul, punk… all on one track that twists and turns quite breathtakingly.

This sets the scene, and from here on the five-piece explore a spectrum of avenues on an album that can be compared to early Faith No More or Rage Against The Machine, but stands on its own in a joyous exposition of music that refuses to stand still long enough to fit comfortably into any hole.

The album sways on Invincible and Oxygen, blares on Post Mortem and Dig For Bones and hits a smooth groove on Sick and Point Of You. Outlier is a fun record all the way, and with repeated listens becomes even more electrifying.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.