Polkadot Cadaver
Purgatory Dance Party


3.5
great

Review

by Dave de Sylvia STAFF
December 2nd, 2007 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Purgatory Dance Party is Dog Fashion Disco by other means.

You know that look. Her eyes glazed over by meth, or lust, or both. Powerless, she lays bound at your feet, those doting eyes fixed intensely upon yours, or the light fitting above you, and beyond her muffled screams she could be mouthing anything, but until that gag is removed you’ll just have to assume it’s “I love you.” It’s in the eyes.

Well-oiled machine that they are, Polkadot Cadaver have built a career on the sort of romance best conducted in an abandoned warehouse during lunch. Back when they formed the ever-present core of Dog Fashion Disco, singer/guitarist Todd Smith and drummer John Ensminger courted the likes of Slayer, Mushroomhead and System of a Down, all the while justifying their reputation as Mr. Bungle’s even-more-fucked up, metal-obsessed cousin. When Dog Fashion Disco called it quits in December of last year, the pair quickly hooked up again with guitarist Jasan Steppe, who’d joined the band for 2004’s Day Of The Dead, and formed the studio-only project Polkadot Cadaver. Rather than acting out their wildest Axl Rosian fantasies, the three-piece knocked out an album in a matter of months, and the impressively-titled Purgatory Dance Party sounds more like a “band” record than either of their last two records.

To recap for those at the back, Polkadot Cadaver are a little screwed up- in a playful way rather than a Varg way- in both the musical and lyrical senses. Lyrically, Purgatory Dance Party walks that oh-so-thin line between serial killing, sexual perversion and virulent anti-religious sentiments, the issues most of us struggle with daily. Opening track ‘Haunted Holiday’ sets the tone with jingle bells, subtly evoking The Nightmare Before Christmas and all of its Elfmanic connotations through gentle, Elliott Smith-inspired tones. ‘Chloroform Girl’ hits unusually close to home for this writer (under the stairs, to be exact), a deceptively sweet number. Opening with the seemingly innocuous line (and you’ll see why the Elliott Smith comparisons ring true), “your eyes look like bullet holes / it must be all that crying,” ‘Chloroform Girl’ quickly takes a turn like its intoxicated subject, building to a chorus which raises the points, each of them relevant: “Don't let me catch you sleeping again / you're only alive because I like you / it's been 3 years since you've seen the sunlight / but I know you're having fun / bound, gagged and chained up in my basement.”

The rest of the album is a little more various in its choice of sounds, ranging from furious thrash riffs and piercing, Botch-like grind sections through softer noises like the ska-pop hop of ‘A Wolf In Jesus Skin,’ familiar circus themes during ‘What’s The Worst Thing That Could Happen",’ church organs amid the trashy punk rock of ‘Deathwish,’ and the scrotum-defying Al Green antics of ‘Brainwash.’ ‘Pure Bedlam For Halfbreeds’ boils over with schizoid ragtime piano, and the effect is surely the one Avenged Sevenfold would have been aiming for with their unfortunate accident ‘A Little Piece Of Heaven,’ but it was lamentably not to be. One pitfall of this type of music is that it can seem an awful lot more impressive on first listening than it actually is, and repeat plays of Purgatory Dance Party reveal that it’s pretty formulaic at its core. Nevertheless, the songs and themes are varied enough to hold interest across its however-many-minutes, and if it comes across as a mere collage of other artists’ sounds, it’s a very good collage and worthy of display at robinfinck.com.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2007


3063 Comments


This sounds fuc[font=verdana]k[/font]ed up

Zoo
December 2nd 2007


3759 Comments


Are you submitting this for creepiest review of the year? I'd bet this is a shoe-in for that award.

This may have been the first good review (with a positive rating) that actually discouraged me from checking something out.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 2nd 2007


2722 Comments


Hahaha, awesome.

Slaytan
December 3rd 2007


1185 Comments


That was very entertaining.

DanD
December 3rd 2007


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think that it's a great album, I've given it repeated listens and it holds up well each time.



I think that the most impressive thing about the album is that even in the midst of all it's madness it's still very catchy and listenable.

Altmer
December 3rd 2007


5701 Comments


and I still need to listen to Mr. Bungle. :huh:

rasputin
December 3rd 2007


14961 Comments


Jom, your avatar cracked me up.

Abaddon2005
December 3rd 2007


684 Comments


I both liked and disliked Dog Fashion Disco, in that they weren't experimental enough for my taste, but at the same time I liked the poppier/rock parts. Might check this out

SynGates
December 3rd 2007


2467 Comments


good review
nice avatar Jom

Confessed2005
December 3rd 2007


4272 Comments


I liked this review.

Does that make me creepy?

Doppelganger
December 3rd 2007


3124 Comments


You recommended California, I must check this out.

Cytologic
December 4th 2007


32 Comments


Looks like my kind of album!

And Doppelganger, Rules #1 and #2, I guess they don't apply anymore.

Metalikane
December 4th 2007


851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really great. If you liked DFD at all, then you will like this. It may as well be another DFD release, to be honest. Its a little bit lighter as a whole, but still very similar.

Pebster49
December 4th 2007


3012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

SOunds like Mr. Bungles creepy cousin

lospokey
December 4th 2007


87 Comments


good review, sounds interesting, i'm gonna have to give these guys a listen

astrel
December 4th 2007


2615 Comments


but until that gag is removed you’ll just have to assume it’s “I love you.” It’s in the eyes.
I can totally relate.

DanD
December 5th 2007


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Except for the absolutely retarded ending, Sole Survivor is such a great track

Pebster49
December 11th 2007


3012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dunno why but I kinda dig this, reminds me of the days I was obsessed with Unexpect.

crazyman
December 11th 2007


14 Comments


This review really intrigued me

I won't lie, when i first saw the name of the album and the band my first instinct was to not even give the album a chance and leave a stupid comment

but after reading the review curiosity has definately caught me and although i'm not sure it would be my type of album to get into i would definatley like to give it a listen nowThis Message Edited On 12.11.07

Misfit_Fiend
January 11th 2008


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this by far the most interesting album I've listened to in a long time, I loved it!



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