Dance Gavin Dance
Afterburner


2.0
poor

Review

by tyler USER (9 Reviews)
April 30th, 2020 | 237 replies


Release Date: 2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No

Much of the discourse surrounding Dance Gavin Dance revolves around their singer Tilian’s rather annoying voice. While it is true that his voice is an acquired taste to say the least, he is not solely to blame for the state the band finds itself in for Afterburner.Tracks from Instant Gratification and even Acceptance Speech have proven that the band can write compelling songs despite how god awful Tillian can sound at his worst, and I would be lying if I were to say he never had his moments. Apart from the absolutely unnecessary and obnoxious Spanish on “Calentamiento Global”, Tilian is Tilian for better or for worse. The issue with their latest two albums seems to be how comfortable they sound, and how they seem like they’ve run out of compelling new ideas.

Almost every song feels like a rehashed old idea, or an idea being slightly re-contextualized. Throughout Afterburner there’s this persistent feeling that we’ve heard this before, even if it’s hard to pinpoint where exactly. It all blends together. Will Swan is a fantastic guitarist, and every unnecessarily technical guitar riff sounds like your garden variety Dance Gavin Dance noodling. A significant amount of the guitar playing found here feels so arbitrary and meaningless. So much of the guitar playing here feels excessively technical for the sake of it; “Lyrics Lie” feels as if Will knows he should be playing a certain way but the end result ultimately lacks purpose. Once and awhile he stumbles on something genuinely catchy and compelling until the song moves on to more mind numbing guitar playing. “Parody Catharsis” has a really groovy and fun section featuring the best vocal performance from Swan in any Dance Gavin Dance album, but moments that immediately follow include unnecessary lead guitars that add nothing of value to the song. These guitar lines could have very well have been randomly added for all they add to the track. “Born to Fail'' has a similar issue with a completely unneeded lead guitar during the verses that doesn't add anything significant to the song.

Some of the most enjoyable bits of Afterburner come from the groovier “funk” inspired parts, because Will has to slow down, and actually craft something that is specifically compelling, rather than his usual autopilot playing. The aforementioned tracks “Calentamiento Global” “Parody Catharsis”, and the song “Three Wishes” all have this in common, yet even though these are easily some of the best tracks from the album, they all have their uninspired moments to stifle the interesting ones.

This seems to be the issue with this band as a whole now. Afterburner is not devoid of interesting moments, ideas, or performances. Both vocalists and the instrumental performances have their time to shine. Apart from the Spanish,“Calentamiento Global” is a groovy song and one of the most enjoyable, but even that track suffers from excessive guitar playing. The band seems to be incapable of translating these ideas into a fully enjoyable song. They need to fall back on their old tropes, with Jon screaming nonsense after a groove-centric part with Tilian because that’s what a Dance Gavin Song is, right?

It’s a common argument that the band’s tumultuous early days bred distinct albums that still felt like Dance Gavin Dance no matter who was singing or any other line up changes they had. Songs can be instantly recognized from each album based on songwriting alone. It is easy to blame Tilian for being the dumpster fire of a singer he is but in reality it isn’t his fault, as Dance Gavin Dance had entered a state of complacency and it shows in a really ugly way on Afterburner.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler.
April 30th 2020


19021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thats my shit thats my way

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2020


60519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nice dude

Tyler.
April 30th 2020


19021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wel4iv 4yhy98wab4635 vslknzvhjeinksjldhgvf



Edit: jac mars and Johnny proofread this a bunch and helped out a lot

MarsKid
Emeritus
April 30th 2020


21035 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Get this man Emeritus

Tyler.
April 30th 2020


19021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

change.org

JustJoe.
April 30th 2020


10944 Comments


change “complacentness” in the last paragraph to “complacency” but never change who you are

Ziggity
April 30th 2020


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

“and how they seem like they’re run out of compelling new ideas.“



Maybe change run to running, or they’re to they’ve. Good review posd.

Tyler.
April 30th 2020


19021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yall are right i fixed everything

veninblazer
April 30th 2020


16839 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

the one i was waiting for all along

also "arguement" is supposed to be "argument"

Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2020


26593 Comments


no it isnt

veninblazer
April 30th 2020


16839 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Also I'm pretty sure there's only one "L" in Tilian's name, but I could be mistaken.

Tyler.
April 30th 2020


19021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

u righty

veninblazer
April 30th 2020


16839 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

if you put the lyrics of "Calentamiento Global" in a translator, you literally get lines like "your ass brings world peace." It's like Despacito, except it sucks.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2020


60519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol translating lyrics via translators

veninblazer
April 30th 2020


16839 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

actually I took it from the official video DGD has up on their youtube page.

"Your hips cure disease. Your ass brings world peace. The way you move solves global warming." And people say Matt Tuck is cringe...

Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2020


26593 Comments


they're right

Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2020


26593 Comments


like do you think this band takes themselves at all seriously?

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2020


60519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

matt tuck's cheeks are too sallow for him to place his tongue in them. not a failing that's ever applied to this band.

veninblazer
April 30th 2020


16839 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

@Sint: do you think Brokencyde takes themselves seriously? No? didn't think so.

Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2020


26593 Comments


what is your problem with constantly bringing up unrelated examples in discussions? brokencyde have nothing to do with this. but ftr i'm not sure that's an argument you want to make because i agree with it. brokencyde aren't trying (or at least they didn't used to be idk now don't follow them) to make super serious music and therefore should not be judged on that preconception



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