Listening to the latest work by Rise of the Northstar after that the band had already shared in advance the best songs of the record is like going to the cinema to see a comedy after that the funniest jokes have been anticipated by the trailer. Surely the surprise effect is lost, but in the specific case of The Legacy of Shi, which is Rise of the Northstar’s second LP, the problem should not be really imputed to the few songs that were published in advance, but rather to the fact that the remaining tracks of the LP seem to have not the same impact of the singles.
Anyway, beyond this difference between the strongest singles and the weakers songs, the French band has certainly a lot of potentials and these guys from Paris, in just a few years, managed to become one of the emerging realities of hardcore and groove metal. Much of their succees is certainly due to the fact that the band has created a strong and unique identity by mixing together Japanese culture, catchy riffs and a style of music derived from the New York Hardcore scene of the 1990s.
Rise of the Northstar is a French heavy metal line-up that was formed in Paris approximately ten years ago. The band plays a style of metal which moves with ease between hardcore and nu-metal, with many influences from groove and crossover. After their debut LP in 2014 (Welcame), they published this year the second and latest LP, The Legacy of Shi, which substantially replicates the same formula that had already been anticipated in their debut work. The songs on the album are all energetic, explosive and with a touch of violence and brutality that makes them particulary impactful. The LP is plenty of clear influences and also explicit references to what has been done in the past by a wide range of bands which includes Pro-Pain, Korn, Slipknot and Body Count.
Maybe what’s missing today in their music is the capacity to evolve a step further and consolidate a style that result as unique and original as the image and the identity that they managed to create. In the meantime, however, we can for sure enjoy the powerful and headbanging songs of their new LP. Apart from the “nostalgia effect”, in fact, this remains a strong and effective record.
The Legacy of Shi can be streamed from Spotify.
Standout tracks: Nekketsu, Here Comes the Boom, Teenage Rage and All for One.
Rise of the Northstar and their new album are contributing to a couple playlists among those I’m curating on Spotify, i.e. GROOVE METAL FEAST (best of groove metal) and POWER OF THE CORE (best of hardcore, beatdown and moshcore).