Dance Club Massacre - Circle of Death (Music CD)

Release Date: 04 July 2011
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As a rule, bands that have anything to do with black metal are not known for irony. They take their obsession with the dark side quite seriously, which is definitely a contrast to the irony and sick humor that early grindcore/death metal bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Carcass were known for in the early 1990s. But Dance Club Massacre is a rarity: a band that has both a strong black metal influence and a decidedly ironic approach. On Circle of Death, the Chicago-based outfit offers a blistering yet atmospheric mixture of black metal and death metal that gets a lot of musical inspiration from the Scandinavian extreme metal scene. But unlike most of the well known Nordic black metallers -- unlike, say, Gorgoroth, Marduk, or Dark Funeral -- Dance Club Massacre come across as very tongue in cheek. Circle of Death thrives on a mixture of horror themes and decadent, hedonistic sex/party lyrics, and there are definite parallels between Dance Club Massacre's over the top goofiness and the shock antics of GWAR, Carcass, Haunted Garage, and Cannibal Corpse; those who get the joke won't find originals like "Have You Ever Chopped a Wolf?" and "Ode to the Barracuda" to be genuinely disturbing. And anyone who doubts that Dance Club Massacre have a wild sense of humor should check out their nutty 26-minute version of "99 Bottles of Beer," which is a hidden track at the end of this 60-minute CD. "99 Bottles of Beer" drags on about 20 minutes longer than it needs to, but it's still funny and entertaining (if self-indulgent). Matter of fact, the entertainment value is consistently high throughout the memorable Circle of Death -- excesses, self-indulgence, and all. ~ Alex Henderson
Release Date: 04 July 2011

1. Risk Is My Business... and Business Is Risky
2. Brewtality
3. Ode to the Barracuda
4. Shenanigans
5. Return of the Blood Monsters
6. Have You Ever Chopped a Wolf!
7. Deuces Shoeless vs the Double Dribbles
8. Hoosh Hoosh
9. Countdown to Annhilation
10. Who Are You, And What Have You Done with Six?
11. Untitled

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Catalogue No: BMA029CD