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Diablo Swing Orchestra - Swagger & Stroll Down The Rabbit Hole

7.8 | 59 votes |
Release date: 2 November 2021
Style: Avantgarde metal, Symphonic metal


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01. Sightseeing In The Apocalypse
02. War Painted Valentine
03. Celebremos Lo Inevitable
04. Speed Dating An Arsonist
05. Jig Of The Century
06. The Sound Of An Unconditional Surrender
07. Malign Monologues
08. Out Came The Hummingbirds
09. Snake Oil Baptism
10. Les Invulnérables
11. Saluting The Reckoning
12. The Prima Donna Gauntlet
13. Overture To A Ceasefire

Staff review by
X-Ray Rod
"Cease fire! We spit fire! Sit back and watch it backfire!"
So I did, and so I saw. It backfired on them.

published 24.11.2021 | Comments (11)

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02.11.2021 - 09:24

They knew the production is shit since the first single, why couldn't they remaster it. Its sad as the compositions are really well written
the riddle wants to be...
02.11.2021 - 16:50
Rating: 8
On first listen, I have two issues with the album: the muddy production and how underutilized Kristin's vocals are. I'm baffled that a band with so much musical depth would release music in a way that makes it difficult for the listener to distinguish individual players. Especially during the "loud" moments. And even though I had issues with Pacifisticuffs, some of its strengths lay in Kristin's range, which I felt was either lost in the production or simply not used to potential.

Honestly, though, if you can get through the production issues, the songs themselves are excellently written and the typical DSO energy is there.
04.11.2021 - 20:19
Green Devil
I sadly agree with the statement above. But Jig Of The Century has some really nice Bohemian Rhapsody vibes to it. My favourite song of the album.
"When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It's only painful for others. The same applies when you are stupid." - Ricky Gervais
04.11.2021 - 20:55
Meat and Potatos
Everybody everywhere seems to be complaining about the production on this.
Meanwhile me, a black metal conosseur, didn't even notice it
Rose is red, violet is blue. Flag is win, Baba is you.
05.11.2021 - 12:17

But in this type of music the production can really bring it down. Much more than in black metal.
Swagger Steven Wilson remix when?
08.11.2021 - 22:53
Rating: 7
High Fist Prog
Honestly I'm not bugged by the production quality on this at all. What bothers me is they made such an awesome comeback with Pacifisticuffs and then this album takes a huge step backwards. They tried to incorporate too many influences, to which I gotta give them credit, but they didn't play to their strengths at all. Super disappointing.
10.11.2021 - 05:25
Rating: 10

Great álbum!! Very creative and fun. The surprise of the year!!! Try the song Malign Monologues. Fucking fun. I want more
12.11.2021 - 16:32
Rating: 7
When the first half of the record ended, I was wondering WTF it would be like in the last tracks. I felt the listen quite messed up and too distant from the sense of a metalish sound I was expecting from this band (I never dug their material to have an overall opinion about them, to be honest). 2 more listens and I can say this is surprisingly good for someone who don't enjoy too much experimentalism in metal. It could have been much better if it just wasn't that, though. As someone has pointed out, they put together too many influences and that caused a little lack of cohesion throughout the album.

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