Enlarge "Over and Out" is about "how death can seem like the arms of a lover beckoning us to an early demise."

Twelve Foot Ninja Release New Song With Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmayluk


Twelve Foot Ninja have released a new single from their forthcoming album, Vengeance, out Oct. 15 via Volkanik Music.

The track, “Over and Out,” includes guest vocals from Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmayluk.

Says TFN singer Kin Etik of the track:

“The song is an ode to the complicated relationship we have with our own mortality and how death can seem like the arms of a lover beckoning us to an early demise. The French first coined the phrase ‘l’appel du vide,’ which is the feeling of wondering what it would be like to jump in front of a truck or to jump off a cliff. It translates into English as the ‘call of the void.’ The phenomenon is actually a positive affirmation that by not answering the call you unequivocally choose life.”

Speaking about Shmayluk’s contribution, Etik continues:

“We wanted someone who could represent the lyric ‘the devil in my blood’ – both the darkness and the light. Tatiana embodies what we needed for this track perfectly so asking her to feature on it was a no brainer. Her band Jinjer and Twelve Foot Ninja have played together a number of times and we instantly connected the first time we met in the Ukraine capital Kyiv. We’ve since tom to respect Tatiana as a musician and as a human so we’re stoked she’s agreed to jump on this track.”

Shmayluk herself adds:

“When the TFN guys asked me to feature on one of their new tracks, I immediately said yes without even hearing it! The song and video were a lot of fun and very different from anything I’ve done with Jinjer… it’s a great pleasure to be an honorary member of the Twelve Foot Ninja clan now!”

Listen to “Over and Out” below.

Incidentally, Shmayluk is the guest on this week’s episode of The MetalSucks Podcast. Listen here.

Twelve Foot Ninja’s Vengeance arrives as an immersive multimedia project, with the album being released simultaneously with The Wyvern and The Wolf, a high-fantasy novel written by Nicholas Snelling. Set in a grim and savage world, “The Wyvern and The Wolf” tells the tale of an orphaned samurai boy named Kiyoshi who is adopted by the ruthless leader of a clan of ninja. Much more than a mere origin story, however, the novel is a tour de force in fantasy fiction and world-building, and represents a unique partnership with Snelling.

The original story of the Twelve Foot Ninja was conceived by Stevic MacKay and his partner Fiona Permezel. It was that concept which first inspired The Wyvern and The Wolf.

A graphic novel, Vengeance is also available now, written by MacKay with artwork by George Evangelista, “Vengeance” sees the band’s namesake, the Twelve Foot Ninja, journey through alternate dimensions to take on an evil alien entity.

The album, novel, and graphic novel can all be purchased here.

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