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Album of the Month - July
  • White Devil Armory
    White Devil Armory
    by Overkill
Video of the Month - July
  • Last Tangle In Paris - Live 2012 DeFiBrilLaTouR - Live 2012 Defibrila Tour (Blu-Ray+2xCD)
    Last Tangle In Paris - Live 2012 DeFiBrilLaTouR - Live 2012 Defibrila Tour (Blu-Ray+2xCD)
    starring Ministry
Good Reading
  • The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade
    The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade
    by Martin Popoff
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CD of the Month
  • Mudvayne
    Mudvayne
    by Mudvayne
Inspiration
  • Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition
    Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition
    by Michael Moynihan, Didrik Soderlind
  • Retribution
    Retribution
    by Shadows Fall
  • Brutal Legend
    Brutal Legend
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Thursday
May032012

Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Piñata

Okay, so it looks like the album cover was created on the iPad, but it works, just like the unconventional music on this CD.One of the coolest things about metal as a [sub-]genre [of rock and roll] are the myriad sub-genres that continue to come out of it. And now there's one more. Diablo Swing Orchestra is a dizzy mix of swing, tango, metal and jazz that will likely either intrigue or repel based on that description alone.

As crazy as that may sound, these Swedes have managed to put together one of the more interesting eclectic metal bands in recent memory without straying over the line into sheer gimmickry. That is to say, it works. And I would love to see a video for Voodoo Mon Amour with a dance hall of people in leather, spikes, tattoos and poodle skirts alternately jitterbugging and moshing.

DSO's key to success is to not go too heavy with the distorted guitars. It would be easy to take something like Benny Goodman's Gotta Be This or That and just add massively multi-tracked Zakk Wylde-like guitars tuned down a step. But these guys approach their tunes with the crunch as just another part of the instrumentation of a larger group with interesting results; Black Box Messiah sounds like the theme song to some surreal Japanese animated kids' show, while Exit Strategy For A Wrecking Ball is more like Sevendust meets U2 with Tito Puente guesting (dude, I'm telling you), and Mass Rapture is like a merengue by way of Pantera. Amazing.

The Bottom Line: Keep in mind that you don't want to approach this music like traditional metal with a horn section over it. This is basically latin-flavored, big band music with some balls and chunk - and a nice sense of humor to hold it all together. I can only hope to some day see these guys in person. Think of the pit!

Tracks That Make You Wish There Was Such a Thing as Swing Moshing: Voodoo Mon Amour, Kevlar Sweethearts, Exit Strategy For A Wrecking Ball & Mass Rapture

- Genghis is really just amazed at this album...

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