As ever, the band are led by guitar virtuoso, Ibanez-endorsed Richie Allan, and their line-up is now augmented by fellow Ibanez-endorsed guitarist Brandon Reihana (ex Blindspott/New Way Home), which increases the guitar power in HMN by a full third.
Many will recall their jaw-dropping performance of the winning classical composition at 2011's APRA awards, and the sheer power and spectacle of their live show has to be witnessed first hand. The band deliver a ferocious guitar onslaught of instrumentals while dressed as ninjas, complete with an impressive light show that has them firing laser beams from their fingers. Showmanship is something that has been sorely missing from the local music scene of late, but The Heavy Metal Ninjas arena-ready epic flamboyance is here to lift the bar.
Formed in Auckland in 2010 following years of jam sessions after Kora shows, the band also features Kora brothers Stu and Fran on guitar and bass respectively, and Joe Brownless on drums. They supported Shihad on their 2010 'Killjoy' tour and were one of the highlights of the G-Taranaki Guitar festival and this April they supported New York's punk-prog legends Coheed and Cambria. Rip it Up called them 'seriously cosmic ... vividly cinematic', see/hear for yourself when they headline their own nationwide tour later in the year.