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The Butcher's Ballroom - Diablo Swing Orchestra

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Artist: Diablo Swing Orchestra / Audio CD released 2007-08-13 at Candlelight

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      30.12.2008 11:52
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      Quite original

      The Butcher's Ballroom is an album released by Swedish avant-garde metal band Diablo Swing Orchestra, the album was released in 2006 by Candlelight.

      Balrog Boogie is most definitely the best song on the album with a superb brass section and a great big band sound to it - mixed in with the crazy high pitch Swede singing in Latin and raucous guitar riffs makes it a must listen! Unfortunately a lot of the rest of the album is hit and miss - I like swing and I like metal but I guess it's the operatic sections I do not like - opera vocals get on my nerves and the sections on this album are no different.

      These guys are talented musicians though and it's good to see them trying something new, they really mix it up when it comes to styles and it's unlikely they'll please everybody or even anyone fully - as the songs vary so much. You can't really call it catchy but some of the melodies are superb, whether it's the slightly haunting Ragdoll Physics, the dramatic operatic Zodiac Virtues or the groovy Balrog Boogie (I love that song!)


      1. "Balrog Boogie" 3:52
      2. "Heroines" 5:21
      3. "Poetic Pitbull Revolutions" 4:52
      4. "Rag Doll Physics" 3:52
      5. "D'angelo" 1:53
      6. "Velvet Embracer" 4:04
      7. "Gunpowder Chant" 1:50
      8. "Infralove" 4:53
      9. "Wedding March For a Bullet" 3:13
      10. "Qualms of Conscience" 1:15
      11. "Zodiac Virtues" 4:46
      12. "Porcelain Judas" 4:08
      13. "Pink Noise Waltz" 6:05

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        23.06.2008 20:31
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        Diablo Swing Orchestra's first album (2006).

        Certainly among the more adventurous metal albums I've heard, 'The Butcher's Ballroom' is self-consciously experimental heavy metal, incorporating substantial elements of, as the band's name would suggest, swing music and opera. While opera has had its place in metal for a number of years, Ann-Louice Lögdlund's female vocals here are performed in full-blown operatic style, rather than the diluted imitations of bands such as Nightwish and Epica.

        The style occasionally fails to impress, or ends up sounding like an inferior version of something Finntroll might do, or failing that a Devin Townsend polka experiment, but for the most part it's rewarding and satisfyingly different from the norm, even if the songs tend to blur together after a while despite the distinct differences. All songs are tightly edited to be as long as necessary without overdoing it, which occasionally means songs shorter than two minutes, and the intermittent use of cello, sitar and keyboards are the icing on the cake.

        1. Balrog Boogie
        2. Heroines
        3. Poetic Pitbull Revolutions
        4. Rag Doll Physics
        5. D'Angelo
        6. Velvet Embracer
        7. Gunpowder Chant
        8. Infralove
        9. Wedding March For A Bullet
        10. Qualms of Conscience
        11. Zodiac Virtues
        12. Porcelain Judas
        13. Pink Noise Waltz

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Balrog Boogie
      2 Heroines
      3 Poetic Pitbull Revelations
      4 Rag Doll Physics
      5 D'Angelo
      6 Velvet Embracer
      7 Gunpowder Chant
      8 Infralove
      9 Wedding March For A Bullet
      10 Qualms Of Conscience
      11 Zodiac Virtues
      12 Porcelain Judas
      13 Pink Noise Waltz