Sweet merciful fuck it feels like it’s been too long since Danza III sucker punched fools back in 2010. I mean, the record release cycle is two years, but for some reason it feels like we’ve been without Danza for much longer. After all, the band has been on a hiatus and their label delayed the record for undisclosed reasons. Now they’re finally back in the eyes of their public again with Danza IIII. That’s right, they’re doing tally marks instead of Roman numerals. Suck on it.

With the announcement of Danza IIII comes a new track (!!!!) titled, ‘You Won’t.’ You can listen below.

Thankfully, they still sound like the Danza we know and love. Unfortunately — and this brings a tear to my eye to talk about — this will be Danza’s final record. Check a portion of the press release below:

For the fourth and final album, Danza IIII (think tally marks, not Roman numerals), we find a stripped-down Danza, consisting solely of core members Jessie Freeland and Josh Travis. With Freeland manning the vocals as always, this time with even more vitriol than ever, the virtuoso Travis is responsible for all other instrumentation on the album. The result: the most musical and bloodlettingly honest work ever to bear the Danza name. With a decade-long legacy behind them, Freeland and Travis have delivered what will serve as an incredible last will and testament for their band.

Travis, now a full-time member of Glass Cloud with former Of Mice & Men frontman Jerry Roush, made this comment about Danza IIII:

“For this album, Jessie and I were looking to create more of a visceral vibe than a completely technical vibe. There’s parts that do still get a bit chaotic of course, but not nearly as much as the avid listener is used to. Everything about this record is way more to the point, with much more heart put into it rather than just seeing how many notes could be thrown into a part or seeking to create ‘the heaviest shit ever’ or any of that nonsense. The record being titled The Alpha – The Omega, to us symbolized the beginning and the end of Danza. Jessie and I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it for you all.”

Danza IIII contains guest vocal appearances by Whitechapel’s Phil Bozeman and Obey the Brave/Despised Icon‘s Alex Erian. The album was engineered and mixed by Nicholas Scott (Miss May I). The artwork was created by Michael J. Windsor, known for his work with The Red Chord and Pig Destroyer, and for his book covers for bestsellers like The Da Vinci Code and Darkly Dreaming Dexter.

Surely, Danza IIII will be a worthy swan-song for such a brilliant force of music and I’ll be sad to seem them go for good. Commemorate the occasion with some sweet pre-order packages that are now available, including vinyl! I’m so bummed, but I’ll wipe my tears with some new Danza shirts.

Danza IIII will be out October 25th on Black Market Activities.

- JR