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Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, The - Danza II The Electric Boogaloo (7/10) - USA - 2007

Genre: Metalcore / Grindcore
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 31:35
Band homepage: Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, The

Tracklist:

  1. T.R.O.U.B.L.E.
  2. You Gonna Buy The Beers Or The Whole Damn Bar
  3. I Don't Mean To Impose But I Am The Ocean
  4. Go Greyhound
  5. Top English
  6. The Electric Boogaloo
  7. Crunchy Black Did Me In At Midnight Madness
  8. Mad Max Beyond Superdome
  9. Carroll 14 Wossman 7
  10. Nobody Eats BBQ Two Days In A Row
  11. Shot Of Whiskey
  12. The Louisiana Dive Bar Massacre
Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, The - Danza II The Electric Boogaloo

When a concept album ostensibly revolves around the story of a midget slaughtering the patrons of a Louisiana dive bar (as evidenced by the final track on “Danza II The Electric Boogaloo”), the listener is advised to be prepared for an experience, to say the least. It is obvious from the story, the album’s title, songs with names like “Crunchy Black Did Me In At Midnight Madness,” and the moniker TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA itself, the band wants this experience to be an entertaining one.

 

THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA succeed in this regard, delivering half an hour of blistering ferocity, only interrupted by the few unfortunate and irritating skits interspersed throughout the album, all featuring annoyingly-forced southern accents. It is these skits that are the album’s weakest feature as they do nothing but slow the momentum established by the intense pace set by the music. The songs themselves are vicious, if perhaps interchangeable. Each track features squealing guitars, breakdowns, and various time signature stunts and it can be frustrating to listen to the album and not recall a specific song or section as the whole thing sort of melds together in a hodgepodge of high-volume antics. However, the band is smart enough to keep things short and sweet, preventing “Danza II” from becoming monotonous. Basically, it’s Metalcore/Grindcore made by drunken lunatics. Not the kind of drunken lunatics that kill people, but the kind that just want to get more drunk and make noise.

 

When a concept album ostensibly revolves around the story of a midget slaughtering the patrons of a Louisiana dive bar (as evidenced by the final track on “Danza II The Electric Boogaloo”), the listener is advised to be prepared for an experience, to say the least. It is obvious from the story, the album’s title, songs with names like “Crunchy Black Did Me In At Midnight Madness,” and the moniker TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA itself, the band wants this experience to be an entertaining one.

 

THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA succeed in this regard, delivering half an hour of blistering ferocity, only interrupted by the few unfortunate and irritating skits interspersed throughout the album, all featuring annoyingly-forced southern accents. It is these skits that are the album’s weakest feature as they do nothing but slow the momentum established by the intense pace set by the music. The songs themselves are vicious, if perhaps interchangeable. Each track features squealing guitars, breakdowns, and various time signature stunts and it can be frustrating to listen to the album and not recall a specific song or section as the whole thing sort of melds together in a hodgepodge of high-volume antics. However, the band is smart enough to keep things short and sweet, preventing “Danza II” from becoming monotonous. Basically, it’s Metalcore/Grindcore made by drunken lunatics. Not the kind of drunken lunatics that kill people, but the kind that just want to get more drunk and make noise.

(Online December 9, 2007)

John Arminio



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