Modern drum & bass with hints of techno.
This style moves like techno at halftime drum & bass speed—hulking and linear like the treads of a tank. The title track is the most illustrative, with a martial beat and growling techstep basslines. The more cinematic "Strategy Of Two Heavens" adds a swirling strings melody, while the B-side is more anxious. "Ujimasa" feels apocalyptic, and is spiced up with rude basslines.
The most impressive track, "Shinto Muso-Ryu," is also the subtlest. Named for a style of martial arts involving a short stick, half its appeal comes from silence. Quaking drums are interrupted by pockets of low-end and vocal gasps, quiet passages that could prove explosive in the hands of the right DJ. With records like this, Shiken Hanzo—if you can look past the questionable cultural appropriation—is earning himself a spot alongside drum & bass's most inventive minds.