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The Sun Rises In the East

by Ronin

Moody, dark, heavy rock. Ronin mix monster riffs with gorgeous sound-scaping.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Alternative Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Six Eight
5:01 $0.99
2. Take The Sky
4:22 $0.99
3. Portal
6:23 $0.99
4. Say Goodbye
4:38 $0.99
5. Ghost
4:19 $0.99
6. Introduction to America's Free Pt. 2
1:04 $0.99
7. America's Free Pt. 2 (The Final Feast)
5:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
This collective known as Ronin was formed in late 2002 in NYC, and boasts some serious talent, with all the band members having extensive experience and credits in the world of rock...and beyond.

Drummer Michael Sapp is a world travelled jazz percussionist; Ranger X and Captain T usually travel in tandem, with the latter having no less than 6 releases to his credit while Ninja Boy fits in as the renaissance man, who works the production end, but also writes scores for TV and film when he's not laying pipe with Ronin. Still with me? In addition, lyrics on many of the tracks here come courtesy of underground NYC poet the Madd Doctor. This is merely the Cliff notes version of their lengthy and intimidating bio. For the full effect, check it out for yourself at Ronin

Given such varied individual accomplishments and musical leanings, I was bracing for an unrefined, hodge-podge of everyone doing their own thing...and that usually means a shit record. Let's just say that is not the case with Ronin's debut "The Sun Rises In The East". On this record, Ronin touches on all the aforementioned styles and compacts them into a fiery, focussed slab that I've been spinning non-stop for two weeks.

Don't let the whispery, jazzy intro of "Six Eight" throw you, as before you know it, you are thrown headlong into some sharp riffage and complex bass that evolves into a real progressive jam, bringing to mind mid-era Rush and Opiate era tool. "Take The Sky" and "Portal" continue on by showcasing the hypnotic vocals and picturesque guitar soundscapes of Captain T and Ranger X. Huge praise for Emily Greene from New York rock band The Mynks, who steals the show with her soaring, riveting vocals on "Portal" - just one of the gems on this debut.

These bouts of melody and melancholy are usually short, but are integral to the layering and overall effect of the songs - and almost always end up kicking your ass with bursts of ad-lib bass and drum work. Ronin continue to push the envelope again with the loose funk-blues of "Say Goodbye", and "America's Free Pt. 2 (The Final Feast)", as they work a cool Rage Against The Machine style vibe (minus the ultra angry politico attitude). The only drawback in my eyes is the band's tendency to Tool-like song structures. Barring that, this amalgam of styles makes for an overall fresh and exciting listen.

Download "Take The Sky" and "America's Free Pt. 2 (The Final Feast)" at the band's website. I think y'all 'll dig it. NYC folks, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming live gigs. Buy the CD online at CD Baby - by Nick at Stoner Rock Chick



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4 out of 5 Stars
Ronin is "a perfect mix of Old Soundgarden and Kyuss"

Review forund online at written by Mark Carras

Tommy Hash

a mix of Primus, Melvins and early Soundgarden
Somewhat progressive, somewhat artsy, and technically groove-driven with aggression, Ronin's The Sun Rises In The East is almost indescribable.
Mixing funk, metal, and schizophrenic key changes and rhythm patterns, and in one sense or another jamming against a more normalized song structure, Ronin has its own identity of sound in mind. The mixture of sound comes from the near Sabbath stoner/doom crunch of the guitars, the sub funk and fuzzed-out bass styling, jazz/fusion drumming, as well as the emotionally-challenged vocal styling of Captain T, making for such an odd mix…well, maybe not so odd after all. The sound for one, is almost a mix of Primus, Melvins and early Soundgarden all thrown into one pot (no pun on the pot remark, since Ronin has somewhat of a stoner metal sound mixed in).
The seven cuts on The Sun Rises In The East show the band's ability, cuts like the doomy yet moody opener "Six Eight" demonstrating a dark pasture within the sound. The indie rock vibe is found clearly within "Take the Sky" while "Say Goodbye" has the Blue Cheer/Black Sabbath influence written all over it with it's "wah wah" guitar solo.

The technicality of the musical chops is here, and one can imagine that these guys are pretty loud live and probably have it together, performance-wise. The diversity in Ronin's sound should easily put them on the spot for college radio and beyond that scene to the harder-edge music culture, playing music on their own terms.

- Review by Tommy Hash


Hard Rock with groove and attitude
“This indie band based out of New York has alot of bite, their songs range from mellow & moody, to riff heavy rage, & the vocals vary too from smooth to intense! I enjoy this band, because they don't sound jaded & void of artistic license/freedom. You can check their site out at For the most part, I get the feeling that they are a jam band that finally put their material to tape, & as a music fanatic, I'm really glad that they did, because alot of times rock songs have no groove, but the tracks on this disc are hard rock with a groove & attitude!”

– Rock N Roll Experience

Jim W.

this band sounds great. Highly Recommended.


A diverse talented group of kick ass musicians...
I've seen all but 2 of Ronin's live shows and each time they add something unique. Whether it's a new song or something they've added to an existing song, the members of Ronin are constantly working on re-inventing and sculpting something original for us Rock and Roll junkies. I picked of their debut album and completely recommend it. Thank you