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Riksha – Five Stages of Numb CD Review

Posted December 21, 2017 by Ryan Hensler in CD Reviews

Riksha -Five Stages of Numb

May 20017 Zombie Shark Records
Review by: Ryan Hensler

Riksha come storming back with their third release Five Stages of Numb and picks up were 2013’s Dreams Drop Red left off. Though the band has grown and the sound is a bit more defined on the new release, Riksah continues with their patterned mashing of genres.

Riksha have taken the roots of progressive rock and thrash and combined them both into what they affectionately call “throg”. Aside from those distinct sounds you will find elements of many other musical styles bubbling to the surface of this release. There are hints of NuMetal hidden in their down tuned guitar sound along with angelic guitar solos that equally compliment the harmonies and abrasiveness.

In today’s metal there are so many branches to the movement and a band like Riksha is something purists tend to shy away from even when they are on the hunt for new and exhilarating music. However this is a band that shows such diversity that they should not be overlooked by any fan of the genre. If you are looking to expand your playlist and open up your mind a bit this is a tremendous place to start.

Initially was really stoked to hear what this band had to offer given their bold comparisons to Killswitch Engage, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, and Hell Yeah. Frankly, I was not disappointed. Along with those bands I hear elements that I would considered Tool or A Perfect Circle like. I know I can not just throw out a comparisons to bands like Tool and A Perfect Circle without the band delivering some solid songs. You would have a herd of internet trolls yelling “click-bait” from behind their keyboards as those two bands have some of the best musicians within the industry today.

For me there were a few standout tracks that will be added to my personal playlist. The title track “Five Stages of Numb” is so powerful and has more of a thrash vibe to it with some old school metal flares here and there coupled with main guitar riff that harkens to the sound of the late Dimebag Darrell.

Another favorite is “Shovel It”. I believe this is is my favorite track on this album. It reminds me of when I was experimenting with Nu Metal, and my favorite band of that genre was and always will be Dry Kill Logic. This track reminds me of that band, I actually thought it was them at first.

As you listen to Riksha you can hear how truly talented the band is. They do have a very diverse and refreshing approach to the album, This release is a resurgence of several genres blending together and delivering a full album of super amazing tracks.

When I was first given the opportunity to review this album I was bit skeptical. As you know, I can be somewhat of a metal-snob at times, but I listened to this album straight through four times. After listening and giving them a chance, I know for a fact that this is a band I will support and follow from this day forward.

If your like me and you have been around for over forty years, and your still a die-hard, metal-head and you support all the genres and sub genres, heed my advice and give this band a chance. I believe I would be hard pressed to find many who would not like this album after giving it a chance.

This is an album you really need to check out and don’t be afraid to lay down some of your hard earned cash and support this band

Just a bit of a side note, and maybe another selling point for some of you who still might be on the barrier before jumping onto the stage with Riksha, and crowd surfing to their killer music. Riksha have recently inked a deal with Zombie Shark Records (A really killer label with several amazing bands on their roster). Zombie Shark Records is a labeled owned and operated by Noah “Shark” Robertson who was a member of Motograter and The Browning. You can see the attraction for someone who never turned their backs on Nu Metal and so many other sub genres of metal. Riksha stands out and to not give them a chance would be a musical travesty!


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