Dance Gavin Dance
Downtown Battle Mountain II


3.0
good

Review

by Beauville88 USER (84 Reviews)
March 9th, 2011 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A return of original talent? Absolutely. A return to form? Not exactly.

When Dance Gavin Dance, post-hardcore’s favourite revolving door line-up, announced that the original members were returning and naming their new record in homage to Downtown Battle Mountain, I showed some cautious interest; While Downtown Battle Mountain was a great album, I was afraid that the band might be turning their back on all the tremendous progress they’ve made with evolving their sound over the years. After being experimental with their Self-Titled and creating funky grooves with Happiness, would Downtown Battle Mountain II serve as a continuing progression of the band’s sound, or would it simply rehash the band’s old sound?

Ironically enough, I have to say that Downtown Battle Mountain II sounds nothing like the original: where-as Downtown Battle Mountain focused more on heavy streamlined riffs, this record is more of a mix between the experimental style of the S/T and the funk of Happiness. “Spooks” gets things started on the right foot, as the band shows off its versatile structures by going from busy guitar and drums to a funky rap section. “Heat Seeking Ghost Of Sex” is a more straight-forward, harder-hitting song, while “Thug City” flows terrifically with its use of louder and softer dynamics, build-ups and catchy choruses. The band even takes it’s time to homage Happiness with the laid-back, groovier “Blue Dream”, which proves to be one of the album’s highlights.

But a glaring fault in Downtown Battle Mountain II is that, while some songs are enjoyable as a whole, some songs are only enjoyable in parts: I really enjoyed “Robot With Human Hair Pt. 2 ½” with the first couple of listens, but I now only find joy listening to certain sections after the song took some time to set in (Jonny’s entrance at 2:30, to name one). “Pounce Bounce” has some catchy guitar but the song length feels too short, “Elder Goose” has some great riffs from time to time, and “Purple Reign” only gets interesting until the build-up at the very end. But while some songs have some merit, there are some songs that are just a mess: “Need Money”, aside from its building, orchestra-hit-sounding riff at the beginning and end, is a swirl of schizophrenic grooves and needless riff changes. Other head-scratchers include “Privilously Poncheezied” and “Swan Soup”, which sound less like songs and more like recycling bins for the band’s throw-away riffs.

And aside from the collection of good, bad and ugly, Downtown Battle Mountain II also features the band members utilizing some new tricks. On the plus side, Jonny Craig turns everything he touches into gold, sounding just as good as he did before, while the drummer for the band has really peaked creatively and shows off his talents through-out the album. On the negative side, I’m not really digging Jon Mess’s new screaming approach, as he sounds too whiny and grating more often than not, and I find that the guitar’s wah-wah effect is a little over-utilized at times on the album.

So while I commend the band for continuing the evolution of their sound, I can’t really say that Downtown Battle Mountain II was overly successful, even though it’s by no means a bad effort. While Downtown Battle Mountain II houses a ton of different styles and tastes, there is just too much inconsistency that drags it down, and it really fails to capture the creativity and tasteful structure that made the original Downtown Battle Mountain so successful. I know that fans of the band already have enough debate fodder on their plate (Kurt vs. Jonny, Happiness vs. S/T vs. DBM, Will vs. Jon, etc.), but I’m sure the new elements and features of Downtown Battle Mountain II will, with good reason, introduce a slew of fresh arguments and discussions about one of post-hardcore’s more creative and notorious bands.




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Beauville88
March 9th 2011


245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

BTW, DBM > Happiness > DBM II > S/T M I RITE M I RITE

balcaen
March 9th 2011


3183 Comments


this reads closer to a 3.5... like a 3.26 or something... but i agree with you. best review yet.
i get a feeling that it's a grower. probably something that'll come back for an honorable mention when we make the lists in december.

cvlts
March 9th 2011


9670 Comments


Yeah, excellent review David. Good to have you back.

Agreed with a lot of things you pointed out. For some reason, I can't stop listening to this even though it's kinda lackluster

sniper
March 9th 2011


19075 Comments


mega disagree.

Tyrael
March 9th 2011


21112 Comments


Jon Mess' vocals are horrible.

ohfoxxxycole
March 9th 2011


4352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Youre wrong

dylanthedesertpea
March 9th 2011


587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mess's vocals have never been better imo. his lyrics however, are so bad their funny.

promiseswept
March 9th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

pos'd. pretty good review even though I'm tired of seeing them for this CD lol



self-titled>DBM>DBM2>Happiness

promiseswept
March 9th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

dylan-they are definitely weird but props to him for being either a boy genius for randomness/utter retard that keeps me entertained

Comatorium.
March 9th 2011


4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i think jon mess's vocals are great, they're more like he sounds live. the lyrics walk a fine line between pure genius and utter retardation. album's pretty cool, but there's no flow. best review for it yet. good job sir.

dylanthedesertpea
March 9th 2011


587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

promise-true that. i think they definitely suit the fun sound/vibe that dgd has crafted

sniper
March 9th 2011


19075 Comments


jon mess is hilarious.

dylanthedesertpea
March 9th 2011


587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha i love the opening lyrics to heat seeking ghost

sniper
March 9th 2011


19075 Comments


all the lyrics on this are bomb. i think my favorite is the first mess part on thug city so good.

PinkBlackberry
March 9th 2011


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

CDs awesome

feedhertothesharks
March 9th 2011


144 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

mess>>>>your favorite lyricist.

HighandDriving
March 9th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mess is not greater than Drake.

MalleusMaleficarum
March 9th 2011


16382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Clean as fuck and feeling more alive then a new born baby! Clean date 02/27/11!!!!"



looks like Craig ain't so cool anymore

HighandDriving
March 9th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol, he is just fooling you kids. Trust me, I know.

MalleusMaleficarum
March 9th 2011


16382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I want to apologize for my recent behavior. My actions regarding taking advantage of fans was inexcusable. I'm in the process of paying everyone back so please forgive me. My state of mind was completely shot and obviously my decision making skills were heavily impaired due to my drug use. I've since been in detox and successfully completed the treatment. I've learned a lot from this ordeal and I realized I've redeemed my second chance. I want to personally thank Eric at Artery and Craig at Rise for helping me through this emotionally and financially. I'm embarrassed with my past actions, I want to make amends to everyone I hurt. Again, sorry to all my fans, family, band mates and colleagues. I'm truly sorry. Now back to work...I'm looking forward to seeing all the DGD fans and their positive energy that they always bring to the shows. With that being said, the past will stay dead and let's toast to the future kids." --





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