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Twelve Foot Ninja to drop new record

AAP logoAAP 25/08/2016 Sarah McPhee

Twelve Foot Ninja say their latest album is a tribute to the loyalty of fans within a troubled industry.

The Melbourne-based band, who describe their genre as "heavy fusion" rather than metal, will tour Australia and the US after dropping their new release, Outlier, on Friday.

Guitarist Stevic MacKay says the record's title honours "the people bucking the trend of expecting it all for nothing", citing the financial impact of popular streaming services on artists.

"Mortality was a big theme on Outlier, and the idea that time is finite," he told AAP.

"Twelve Foot Ninja won't exist forever. Things don't last.

"That's the nihilistic angle but the positive angle is 'so you better make the most of it'."

He said the band had workshopped 60 songs for the release, including their newest single Invincible, as opposed to the 13 written for their debut album Silent Machine in 2012.

"We had this filter called the acoustic guitar test where if a song could stand up on acoustic guitar with just vocals, then we'd persevere," MacKay said.

He said the new album will appeal to those "who are cool with going a bit divergent with their metal - like romcom with a chainsaw".

The band will support metal heavyweights Disturbed on an Australian arena tour in November after appearing at a number of festivals in the US.

As for whether Outlier will be the last album from Twelve Foot Ninja, MacKay said their fate "is in the hands of everyone else".

TWELVE FOOT NINJA TOUR DATES

August 25 - Fowlers Live, Adelaide

August 26 - The Corner Hotel, Richmond

August 27 - The Village Green, Mulgrave

September 2 - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

September 3 - Bald Faced Stag, Sydney

November 9 - HBF Stadium, Perth

November 12 - Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne

November 13 - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney

November 15 - Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

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