Diablo Swing Orchestra
The Butcher's Ballroom


4.5
superb

Review

by Shattered_Future USER (50 Reviews)
September 15th, 2007 | 37 replies | 10,543 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The equivalent of putting a bunch of musical styles in a blender and pushing puree, the Diablo Swing Orchestra's first offering is unlike anything else around today

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Every so often the metal scene will get a band that defies classification and brings something original to the table. There’s Peccatum, Unexpect, and whatever Ulver is producing now, to name a few. All produce music that no one has ever heard before, and all have created fantastic compositions that flirt with many different styles of music.

The Diablo Swing Orchestra is also one of these bands. Their first album, The Butcher’s Ballroom, flirts with nearly every style of music imaginable. Name one other band that combines chugging riffs with cellos, soprano vocals, horns, keyboards, didgeridoo, and a whole host of other instruments. I dare you. The composing ability of the band is astounding. I’ve never heard anything like their album anywhere else. Flamenco, swing, Middle Eastern, western, jazz and classical elements all make their way into the album at one point or another.

From the get-go, it may seem like the band is a gimmick band. Balrog Boogie, while still a good track, wouldn’t do well if the style used in it was replicated and used on the rest of the album. It’s basically a big band swing track in a minor key with heavy guitars. It’s interesting, to say the least. In the hands of any other band, the track would have bombed, but DSO manage to make it work.

However, not to worry. The rest of the album is plenty varied and plenty good. Heroines makes use of a terrific dark cello line and some creepy vocal parts, along with lead singer Anniouice’s massive range to pull out what is one of my favorite tracks off of the album. It gives off a great evil vibe. Wedding March For A Bullet breaks out some awesome guitar riffing that’s quite unlike anything I’ve heard in a metal song before. It’s quite hard to describe, really. Finally, we have Infralove, with some electronically altered didgeridoo faded in from the track before it and some great keyboard solos and western riffing. Yeah, it switches styles faster than Paris Hilton got out of jail, but it adds a great feel to the song.

Occasionally, the band makes use of some male vocal work, courtesy of their guitarist. Obviously, his voice isn’t as good as the lead singer’s voice is, but it works well enough with the music and throws a little more life into the band. He has a great part in Zodiac Virtues, which, even for this band, is ***ing weird. It goes from some great evil, heavy guitar riffing to a flute part in the middle. Even more suprising, it doesn’t sound out of place at all.

It’s hard to call this album anything short of amazing. One of the most original albums to come out in recent times, the Diablo Swing Orchestra have perfected a style that none other have been able to produce. There are still a few songwriting flaws that will undoubtedly be remedied the more the band plays and writes together, but they don’t detract from the overall flow of the album. This is an immense debut album, and should not be missed by anyone.

Recommended Tracks:
Heroines
Infralove
Wedding March For A Bullet
Porcelain Judas




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BallsToTheWall
September 15th 2007



44164 Comments


If this is similar to Therion's Vovin then ill have to check it out. Good review. Ill be myspacin this.

Killtacular
September 15th 2007



1314 Comments


'bout time someone reviewed this.
Excellent work.

Det_Nosnip
September 15th 2007



374 Comments


Nice! These guys rock a special kind of hard. This was actually my pick for best album of 2006 (it was released in 2006, btw)...fantastic group.

GodspeedYou
September 15th 2007



10 Comments


Does anyone have this, and can send it to me over AIM? SN: s0lidsn4k3zorz

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 15th 2007



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This band's name has always made my want to check them out, and this review only make that feeling even more so. Cool.

Digging: Pharoahe Monch - PTSD

Shattered_Future
September 16th 2007



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ted, I had so many different dates for the album release, I didn't know which to pick. I remember I had this in '06, but I couldn't find the official date anywhere.

Man, this is probably my shortest review ever. Oh well.

Intransit
September 16th 2007



2797 Comments


I remember hearing this on Last.fm radio a lonnnnnnnnggg time ago but could never find anything from the band. The one song I heard (forgot the name) was fucking hella awesome.

Takuah
September 16th 2007



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

After reading the review, I immediately checked them. They were just awesome. I still want to hear the rest of the album, when I get my next paycheck, I am going to buy this album. Amazing band, and great review.

Pebster49
September 17th 2007



2987 Comments


These guys are interesting, I have there cd, but I don't know what to think of it like after I have probably listened to it 5 times. I still am confused...

Tyler
Emeritus
September 17th 2007



7924 Comments


I love how Takuah rated it a 5 and wrote a sound off and he hasn't even heard the entire album yet.
Classy.

Pebster49
September 17th 2007



2987 Comments


lol...ya, I couldn't give anything a 5 without at least listening to it 10 or more times...usually my 5's grew on me.

MeowMeow
September 17th 2007



662 Comments


This is pretty good.

Poet
September 20th 2007



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow...this is quite interesting. I am a sucker for orchestral type of metal and with all of the other elements and instruments thrown in there, I will definitely listen to more of this album.

ohcleverhansyou
November 9th 2007



885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I kind of wish there weren't any vocals. They got on my nerves after the second song.

jrowa001
December 2nd 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i just got this out of curiosity and it owns. might go up to a 4.5. i didnt even know there was a review for this

Zoo
December 2nd 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who the FVCK gave this a 1.5?

Poet
February 12th 2008



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol^

This is definitely going to be my next review....and I will justify my 5 rating very easily I predict.

beans
February 12th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude this albums owns! got the first three tracks and its amazing, cant wait to hear the rest, amazing stuff here

Poet
February 12th 2008



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is probably the second easiest 5 I have ever given (Once being the easiest). This album is so diverse it's not even funny.

BallsToTheWall
February 17th 2008



44164 Comments


This band is really cool. Just checked them out today. Soon I will get this.



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