Review Summary: Lets get drunk!!!!!!!!
If you take this band serious you are going to hate them… no, I mean really f*cking hate them. Dance Club Massacre
is an embodiment of living fast, driving hard and screwing college girls; but to the tune of a harpsichord. Dance Club Massacre, one of the most original names in the biz (sarcasm), are a deathcore band that carries heavy influences ranging from hardline grindcore, blackened symphonic metal, to melodic death metal (ala The Black Dalia Murder). They have put a niche in their genre by relying heavily on their keyboardist to add overly melodramatic tunes to their fast and no-nonsense approach to their music, seriously in nearly every track you can hear him jamming along in the forefront. In their sophomore album, Circle of Death
, Dance Club Massacre have definitely not improved or regressed in any way, but are simply content with the style of music they play: “If it aint broke, don’t fix it” is the rule of thumb on this one. Dance Club Massacre is all about the booze and the girls, every track is an ode to some obscure drinking game or some sexual conquest that either member of the band has experienced.
So after all this talk of playing a generally hated form of music, not taking their music seriously and just not giving a sh*t about their lifestyle, why the hell would one appreciate this? Well, for the very exact same reasons as stated. While every track on this record ranges from ‘okay’ to just plain ‘horrible’ from a critics perspective, it is arguable that Dance Club Massacre are masters at making infectiously catchy and brutal beats that, combined with their overall lack of morals, make Circle of Death a listen that will have you stomping your feet, banging your head, acting like an ape in your bedroom or whatever way you get off to your music. Tracks like the overly dramatic opener ‘Risk Is My Business… and Business Is Risky
’, which features some impressive keywork by keyboardist Matt Hynek, to the ultra fast, symphonic black metal track ‘Have You Ever Chopped a Wolf
’, will nearly always get you in a groovy and ready-to-party state of mind… that is if you have the right mind set.
In conclusion, Dance Club Massacre is a band to be taken lightly… very lightly. Their intention is to make fun party music for people who have fringe tastes in music and they have definitely succeeded in doing so. While breaking little to no ground in their sophomore album, Circle of Death, Dance Club Massacre once again makes another enjoyable album that can be taken for granted and played for those ‘lighter’ moods in our lives. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t be ready to get plastered after listening to ’99 bottles of beer on the wall
’ done Dance Club Massacre-style? (see ‘Bonus Track
‘We pour this booze and drink this booze because its yummy in our tummy
So over the throat and down the hole to party in our tummy
Down the Hole-a, Bitchola’