Lone Ninja - Wave of Carnage (Review)

"Wave of Carnage" is the latest album from Twin Peril's rapper and Brooklyn emcee Lone Ninja. The album features guest appearances from June Marx and DJ TMB and is fully produced by JBL The Titan. It was released on October 21, 2014 via Holographic Pagoda Recordings.

1) Imposing Will (featuring DJ TMB) - The first song on the album finds Lone Ninja kicking some boastful bars over an ill piano loop that has my head nodding right out of the gate. The beat and rhymes are real nice and the scratching by DJ TMB helps to make the song that much more potent. Very dope way to start off the album. - 3.75/5

2) Terroristic Threat - JBL the Titan delivers another ill beat on this cut, this time with some mystic strings and pianos over gritty boom-bap drums. There is also the occasional ambiance that works its way across the beat and reminds me somewhat of the sounds that are in Wu-Tang Clan's "Radioactive (Four Assassins)" track for some reason. I dunno. Anyways, as far as the rhymes go, Lone Ninja gets quite visual on here as he describes the different ways he is going to kill you lyrically. Dope shit. - 4/5

3) Defense Perimeter - Lone Ninja kicks some militant rhymes over a string heavy beat with some shaker percussion and the occasional synth. The beat is real nice and Lone Ninja sounds good enough over it, while the Winston Churchill samples throughout the song help to tie it all together. - 3.5/5

4) Violent City - JBL the Titan comes through with what is probably my favorite beat on the album so far, with a triumphant horn sample layered over stomping drums that definitely up the energy level of the project. The beat bangs and Lone Ninja bodies it as he comes with a more lively flow than usual and spits some vividly violent rhymes. I'm really feelin' this one. - 4/5

5) Remote Location (Interlude) - Instrumental skit with a really dope beat.

6) Valley Of Hell - Lone Ninja kicks some Wu-Tang inspired braggadocios rhymes over another head nodding instrumental, this time with some pianos, kung-fu samples and synths weaving in and out over the beat. Dope shit. - 3.75/5

7) Hack & Slash - JBL the Titan delivers a more aggressive beat on this track, with a slashing sword and cut up vocal sample over stomping drums. The production is dope and Lone Ninja sounds about the same as he has on the rest of the album over it, which is a good thing for those who like this kind of stuff. - 3.5/5

8) Mortal Wound - Lone Ninja kicks some more vivid battle raps over a less intense intrumental full of cinematic violins/strings and gritty drums. This song is pretty good, but it isn't mastered quite as loudly as the others and kind of breaks the momentum of the album a bit. Still, once you turn it up it's pretty good. - 3/5

9) Masked Assailant - This cut starts out with a quick Ironman (the movie, not the album) sample before JBL blesses us with one of my favorite beats on the entire project. The vocal loop is just beautiful and has a vintage RZA-ish feel to it that I'm really diggin'. Lyrically the track is just as strong as the production, with Lone Ninja kicking some more boastful raps and changing up his usual monotone delivery a few times over the course of the track. - 4/5

10) Poise (Interlude) - Instrumental skit.

11) Center Of Gravity - The beat on this cut is also really nice, with a sort of tranquil bell/chime sample and subtle pianos layered over neck breaking drums. As far as the rhymes go, Lone Ninja sticks with the feel of the instrumental and kicks some positive rhymes about staying calm and remaining focused when under pressure. This one is real dope. - 4/5

12) Alpha Protocol (featuring June Marx) - The final song on the album finds Lone Ninja linking up with fellow Twin Perils member June Marx over a banging JBL the Titan instrumental. The beat is crazy, with a looped up vocal sample and ambient war noises in the background, and both emcees rip it. This shit is fire. Great way to close out the album. - 4/5

I'm going to rate the album

3.75 / 5

because it's really good. The production on here from JBL the Titan is quite nice, with mostly every beat keeping my head nodding the entire time and feeling full of that classic Wu-Tang sound that I'm such a fan of. This is my first time really hearing anything from JBL and he really impressed me on here. I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for more material from him in the future. As for the rhymes, Lone Ninja is just as nice as ever, spitting his usual vivid lyrics full of kung-fu and military references. If you are familiar with Lone Ninja's other releases, then you know exactly what to expect from this album (which is a good thing, in my opinion).


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