Djent & Nu Metal Collide On New Track From Salt Lake City’s Riksha!
The new Tool?
Riksha have released the Official Music Video for the track “Shovel It” taken from their upcoming album Five Stages of Numb to be released via Zombie Shark Records in June.
Coming across like Meshuggah meets Tool (with a nostalgic nu-metal twist), Riksha’s “Five Stages Of Numb” is a progressive traversing of genre that inks them out as a band to steadfastly keep an eye on. Note, we’re far from walking in the shadows of rap-metal’s 90’s heyday here and, in fact, it’s the Maynard-isms of vocalist Palmer that carves out Riksha’s niche. As this nu-metal resurgence we are witnessing picks up steam (seemingly driven wholesale by Zombie Shark Records!), it’s forward-thinking bands such as Riksha that are leading the charge….delivering brains to match the brawn! 7/10
Salt Lake City’s RIKSHA have inked a worldwide deal with Zombie Shark Records, the new record label from Noah “Shark” Robertson (Motograter, Ex-The Browning). The band’s latest album, Five Stages Of Numb, was recorded at Elevate Studios by notable producer and drummer for Chelsea Grin, Pablo Viveros. Album art was provided by Die Elster.
Riksha’s NEW single “Five Stages of Numb” is currently streaming on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/3GddLzEKDvnKmdG8rctQqg
The band has released a computer animated music video for the title-track “Five Stages of Numb” produced by Vladyslav Tsarenko which can be viewed here:
Riksha’s sound is affectionately known as “throg”, a mixture of “thrash” and “progressive”. The band can best be compared to groove metal and nu metal bands such as Mudvayne, Tool, Pantera, Coal Chamber, Soulfly, Nothingface, and American Head Charge.
Riksha frontman Palmer states, “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Zombie Shark Records and the great bands they represent.”
Riksha have released 2 previous studio albums recorded by Bruce Kirby at Boho Digitalia Studios – Dream Drops Red released through Dark Harvest Records and the independently released Night Begins. Riksha burned up the underground metal scene in 2012, winning Project Independent’s “Industry Panel Favorite” voted on by a panel of producers, A&R reps, and record company owners. Since then, the band has purchased a 1973 Eagle Tour Bus and has hit the road throughout the US and Riksha are currently making plans to tour the U.S. in support of their upcoming release.
Zombie Shark Records label manager Michael Boodagh states, “Riksha is a growing artist that is continually perfecting their craft. I am pleased to welcome them to the ZSR team! I can’t wait to see what comes next!”
Riksha takes five guys and squeezes out as much sound and energy as possible. With a combination of both melodic and in your face vocal and guitar styles, Riksha hammers away with a musical montage of aggression, power, and strength to create a new and bold sound.
Update: Ian Law, original guitarist for the band Riksha has re-joined the group after a year and a half hiatus. The new addition to the current 4 piece line-up is an exciting expansion that proves to thicken the band’s sound and expand their writing capabilities.
Ian Law can be found on previous RIKSHA albums Night Begins (2011) and Dream Drops Red (2013) and was with the band for 7 years before taking a break to start a family with his wife Kuulei Law. “We’ve been toying with the idea of adding a second guitarist for a while and we’re very excited about Ian’s return” says RIKSHA bassist Kevin Bronson.
Five Stages of Numb tracklist:
1 – Departure Eminent
2 – Five Stages of Numb
3 – Shovel It
4 – Skeleton Rain Dance
5 – Kicking My Way Through September
6 – Banging Danger
7 – Insight Bleeds
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