The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
Danza III: Series Of Unfortunate Events


4.0
excellent

Review

by John Henry Pitts, III USER (10 Reviews)
July 5th, 2010 | 123 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grab your bottle of Jack Daniel's, turn up the bass on your speakers, and let rip one of the most explosive, groove-inducing metal releases of this year.

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza (TTDTE for short) play a modern, technical style of hardcore metal in the vein of early Meshuggah and Pantera. While their earlier releases veered more towards the chaotic, TTDTE find themselves embracing their southern Murfreesboro, Tennessee roots for their 3rd full length release.

Key factors include the massive change-up in lineup, with vocalist Jessie Freeland being the sole original member. Still being publicized as a three piece (guitarist Josh Travis handles both studio guitar and bass performances. Live performances have included an additional 4th member for bass duties.), the essence of that which is the trademark TTDTE sound is still surprisingly very much present.

Where Josh differs most from previous lead guitarist Layne Meylain is in his keen sense of groove and chord composition. Long time fans may find the new material lacking in the off-kilter sense that Layne brought to his guitar playing, but most new listeners will be amazed at the sheer ferocity and outright catchiness of this album. Those who cut their metal teeth on Destroy Erase Improve-era Meshuggah after being weened off of early-90s Pantera will feel right at home.

Vocalist Jessie Freeland does of admirable job of delivering his socially and musically critical lyrics in a straightfoward, non-trendy fashion. In fact, I was taken aback at how little VOX enhancement and overdubbing is done on this album. Clear and seemingly a direct mic recording, his voice cuts through the chaos in a refreshingly direct way.

Nitpicking criticisms are mainly due to how closely the band, for the most part, stick to their newly found template of chaotic epicness. Drummer Mike Bradley, while adequate, only on ocassion showcases any sort of flourishes that would elevate his drumming beyond the functional. Guitarist Josh Travis, while very adept at bringing out every nuance in how an 8-string electric guitar can (and should) be played, will on occasion become slightly repetitive in his choice of standard scale and open string harmonic sweeping.

Much confusion will be on how this band will be able to reproduce it's sound live. Quite similar to Nordic headbangers Messhugah, TTDTE's downtuned 8-string guitar, played along with a heavily distorted 6-string bass, create an almost singular sound on the album recording.

Many, including myself, will miss former bassist Mike Butler's insane form of freehand slap bass, but current TTDTE touring bassist does an adequate job of "rhythm guitarist" due to the extended range of his 6-string bass, allowing lead Josh Travis to handle all tech flourishes heard on said album.

Special mentioned must also be made on behalf of bands like TTDTE embracing their cultural roots and infusing their music with it for the better. These aren't some skinny, white kids from Nowhere, USA pretending to be pissed off. These are some down home southern boys who appreciate a good time and an even better groove.

Along with newcomers Upon a Burning Body, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza are bringing a sense of fun and vitality that has been sorely lacking in a scene the emphasizes grisly posturing over musical creativity and innovation.

Grab your bottle of Jack Daniel's, turn up the bass on your speakers, and let rip one of the most explosive, groove-inducing metal releases of this year.



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Iamthe Nightstars
July 5th 2010


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The best they've done by far, but I could've done with fewer breakdowns.

Bitchfork
July 5th 2010


7584 Comments


This is their best album thus far.

grindpantera
July 5th 2010


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's why I made point to over-mention bands like Pantera and Meshuggah, or even more recent bands like Ion Dissonance.

10 years ago, nobody would have called anything on this album a "breakdown," but due to the recent deathcore backlash, groove metal of this sort automatically gets lumped into the same generic open chord breakdowns most other bands do.

This is classic, headbanging heavy metal. Just my opinion of course.



Iamthe Nightstars
July 5th 2010


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The thing about that is that Pantera and Meshuggah don't over use breakdowns.

iwrestledyourmomonce
July 5th 2010


75 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta love their Nirvana cover.
Album is really good.

Dryden
July 5th 2010


13276 Comments


band is poop

Bitchfork
July 5th 2010


7584 Comments


dryden i know but this is good somehow.

cvlts
July 5th 2010


8985 Comments


I'll check this out. I find it very odd that Bitch likes this, so I'm intrigued.

Bitchfork
July 5th 2010


7584 Comments


You should know that I hate everything. But rrr's little "we have to review every summer metalcore album evar" routine is getting me acclimated to mathcore besides mongrel

Bitchfork
July 5th 2010


7584 Comments


though rating will undoubtedly decline

ianjulian
July 5th 2010


637 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

play a modern, technical hardcore brand of classic thrash metal in the vein of early Meshuggah and Pantera.

mmfarva
July 5th 2010


1352 Comments


Mongrel is fucking king.

I may check this out though. The last album generated little interest, I think I spun it twice.

TheBloodTypo
July 5th 2010


757 Comments


This entire album is extremely typical. It all sounds like every wanna-be metalcore band out there. The vocals, the "shredding," everything. Where's the variation? :/

Winsomniac
July 5th 2010


8014 Comments


Nvm, got. Very intrigued. Yippie made me really excited for this album.

Digging: Submotion Orchestra - Alium

Zoo
July 5th 2010


3759 Comments


band's for fags

Bitchfork
July 5th 2010


7584 Comments


listened again. hated it.

crowing51
July 6th 2010


3463 Comments


ill check this out i guess, if its better than there last release

Bitchfork
July 6th 2010


7584 Comments


it is but that's not saying much at all.

couch
July 6th 2010


311 Comments


I SAY GOD DAMN BOYS

couch
July 6th 2010


311 Comments


breakdowns the album



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