What in the hell did I just listen to? I’m still trying to figure that out. Let’s put it this way. If you took the worst, corniest Japanese anime and played Dragonforce while watching it, you might have an idea of what to expect with Space Ninjas From Hell.
It’s hard to believe that this is the same band that released two superb, if not brilliant, power metal records, The Awakening and Dreamchaser, and followed them up with the cartoony, conceptual nonsense of Dinosaur Warfare – Legend of the Power Saurus and the equally juvenile Space Ninjas From Hell.
It boggles my mind how Victorius arrived at this uncreative nexus of record making, and then copping a Dragonforce-like sound to top it off? Ugh, why? Their aforementioned first two records should’ve been the blueprint for their career; they were that good.
Space Ninjas From Hell is the goofy, outlandish story about an evil ninja clan called “The Sun Bladers” who align with a shady dragon god to enslave an unsuspecting Earth only to be banished by a Wu Shu wizard master at the very last second. But wait, there’s more! The Sun Bladers are actually alive and well in space! YES!!
The ninja baddies were secretly living deep inside their “Cosmic Space Commando Base” and, as expected, were plotting mad revenge on mankind for what seems like an eternity—I didn’t see that coming! Nah, I did. The ninjas are stronger than ever and armed with an arsenal of super weapons, having re-aligned with their ally of allies, the dragon god. I swear, I can’t make this up. Here’s the track listing if you’re still in doubt:
The track listing for Space Ninjas From Hell is:
- “Tale of the Sunbladers”
- “Ninjas Unite”
- “Super Sonic Samurai”
- “Evil Wizard WuShu Master”
- “Nippon Knights”
- “Shuriken Showdown”
- “Wasabi Warmachine”
- “Wrath of the Dragongod”
- “Astral Assassin Shark Attack”
- “Space Ninjas from Hell”
- “Cosmic Space Commando Base”
- “Shinobi Strike 3000”
Victorius try too hard to be “over the top” and fantastic, instead appearing trivial and somewhat comedic. The intro to their song, “Wasabi Warmachine,” is a good example of this. If you’re between the ages of 10 and 14 and you’re into Dragonforce, 16 bit video games, and Pokemon Go, you’ll cozy up to Space Ninjas From Hell quick. Otherwise, this record isn’t for you.