The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
Danza III: The Series Of Unfortunate Events

1. Vicki Mayhem
2. Yippie-Kay-Yay [email protected]#$%^
3. Sammy Jankis
4. The Lost & Damned
5. Passenger 57
6. There’s A Time And A Place For Everything
7. W.A.L.L.S.
8. Suicide’s Best Friend
9. Hour Of The Time
10. The Union
11. A Trail Of Tears
12. 12-21-12

A band like The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza is hard to digest. Their brand of technical metalcore is abrasive, loud, fast, and just a little weird. A lot of people don’t “get” Danza, but those that do will be blown away by their newest effort.

Danza III: The Series Of Unfortunate Events is a continuation and a progression on the Danza sound of groovy tech metal with a further explored touch of atmosphere. Since their last album, Danza have underwent a lineup change that would cripple any band, but having multi-instrumentalist Josh Travis step up to guitar and bass duties for the album’s creation has done wonders. Danza are sounding as good as, if not better than, they ever were.

Things may not stray too far from the sound band’s previous releases, but there is some definite notable growth. Expect the crazy rhythms and strange guitar riffs and grooves that Danza are known for, as well as the lowest chugging you’ve ever heard; Danza yields 8 string guitars tuned to low E, an octave below your standard six string. How they manage to get that low without mudding up the tone and the sound of the album is beyond me, but they manage it. Their past albums have hinted at atmospheric guitar playing, but on Danza III, they step it up a notch, giving the album a more epic feel when the style is applied. Parts of this album give off the feeling that they’ve discovered post-metal and put their own destructive spin on it, most notably on “W.A.L.L.S.” and the album’s mind-blowing two-part closer, “12-21-12.” The band seems to be hitting the sweet spot with the perfect balance of groove,  technical prowess and atmosphere, and it makes them stand out amongst the other bands in the scene that rely too heavily on chugging and breakdowns as something original and confrontational. As Freeland proclaims in “Yippie-Kay-Yay [email protected]#$%^”, “I’m The Industry’s undisputed terrorist… burn this scene to the ground.”

Vocalist Jessie Freeland sounds as powerful as ever, and he compliments the style very well. Applying vocals over this madness isn’t easy, and he does it perfectly. His lyricism ties the album together into a theme following a series of unfortunate events, leading into the world’s destruction on “12-21-12.” His lyrics and vocal delivery can sometimes create an anthemic vibe that, when coupled with the instrumentation, contributes to the epic subtleties the album caries throughout.

All things considered, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza have raised the bar considerably, taking more of a serious approach and crafting what is no doubt their greatest album to date. Danza not only deserves more than to be touring with your run of the mill deathcore bands, they completely put those guys to shame.

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza – Danza III: The Series Of Unfortunate Events gets

– JR

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