Diablo Swing Orchestra   Pandora's Pinata
4.0
excellent
Ranking: #66 for 2012

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4.5 superbPhilalethes | May 26th 12

This band has morphed in to something truly special. In mixing the unlikely combination of classical, swing and metal, this band in the past had teetered on the edge of sounding absurd or gimmicky, leaving you to wonder if this was to be taken seriously or not. With this new album they leave no room to question. They have truly refined their craft and perfected their niche. The songwriting is so intricate and disturbingly beautiful. This shines through so well on the amazingly orchestrated songs "Aurora" and "Justice for Saint Mary". Either of these songs could pass as wonderful contemporary classical pieces of music. This is a band that deserves your attention.

4 Bumps | Bump

4.0 excellentLunaticSoul | January 29th 13

More direct, more focused, same craziness. "Pandora.." is one of the highlights of 2012, blown away by it.

1 Bumps | Bump

0.0 Hyperion1001 EMERITUS | May 26th 12

"ok i need to talk to you about that, because you're an asshole." -sam feldman

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3.5 greatEasterInTheBatcave | June 15th 16

Flat out fun from beginning to end. An upbeat, varied, unabashedly unique listen. "Justice for Saint Mary" is a brilliant mixture of acoustic balladry, violin, metal, and glitchy electronic music and is one of the best songs of the decade so far. Elsewhere, "Aurora" is an atmospheric operatic piece, "Honey Trap Aftermath" is a catchy jazz-rock number, and "Black Box Messiah" is over-the-top cartoon metal. Fans of Estradasphere, Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, and the like should enjoy.

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5.0 classicMarvinLapsus | March 15th 14

Well, after 3 years listening to this band my opinion of them changed dramatically: first, they seemed like an overindulgent neoprog/latin/metal fusion: now they're a brilliant image of what wonderful, funny, inspiring music this global and strange age is capable to bring. And after a year listening to this album, their best I must say, it has grown on me from a marginal classic to become one of the best metal albums I've heard in my entire life. Cleverly arranged, adventurous, psychedelic, festive and dramatic, Pandora's Piņata doesn't present no weak spots. Avant-garde guerrilla the way it must be done today.

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0.0 GiaNXGX | August 25th 12

A more perfected play-through that seamlessly exalts Diablo Swing Orchestra's passion for ,
swing jazz metal. there are moments in which you ask yourself "can this get even better?" It
does! The problem is that the ensemble's direction is way too standard for what it is; their
compositional skills are often dominated by their frequent swing jazz outbursts. Not a bad
thing at all but the motif is re-visited very frequently and as an outcome affects the final
product - Could DSO add something else? A new trick? A new mood? Their sound is getting
tiresome sadly :[

Bump

3.5 greatchambered49 | May 26th 12

Usually these kind of experiments don't work (re: Queen of The Wave) but in Pandora's case, the transitions of metal to classical to opera to swing flows beautifully and the metal parts don't come off as cheesy or overbearing. A lovely surprise.

Bump

4.5 superbmaudlinofthemike | May 10th 12

Band has matured greatly with a lot of fun catchy experimentation.

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