Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Piñata



8.2 | 326 votes |
Release date: 22 May 2012
Style: Avantgarde metal, Symphonic metal

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01. Voodoo Mon Amour
02. Guerilla Laments
03. Kevlar Sweethearts
04. How To Organize A Lynch Mob
05. Black Box Messiah
06. Exit Strategy Of A Wrecking Ball
07. Aurora
08. Mass Rapture
09. Honey Trap Aftermath
10. Of Kali Ma Calibre
11. Justice For Saint Mary

The best Avantgarde / Experimental Metal album of 2012

Line-up
Annlouice Loegdlund - vocals
Martin Isaksson - trumpet, backing vocals
Daniel Hedin - trombone, backing vocals
Daniel Håkansson - guitars, vocals
Pontus Mantefors - guitars, effects, synths
Petter Karlsson - drums
Johannes Bergion - cello, backing vocals
Anders Johansson (II) - bass

Session musicians
Erika Risinger - violin, viola
Diana Lewtak - violin
Emilia Wareborn - viola
Wictor Lind - timpani, percussion
Ekaterina Skidanova - oboe
Oskar Reuter - mandolin
Elisabeth Jansson - horn
Anna Melander - flute
Michael Carlqvist - double bass
Lucy Rugman - clarinet

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embracing
Rating:
9.0
The oldest band from Sweden is back to enchant, with an incredibly roundly built album. A definite must for everyone who, at least once, was institutionalized for erratic behavior, or was part of a circus.

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published 10.11.2012 | Comments (7)

06.06.2012
If you liked anything about DSO's previous 2 albums, or you're curious what all the fuss is about, then don't miss the opportunity to bask in their 3rd offering. They've tripled the energy, intensity, and crazy fun. No world music is safe from this insane band.

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13.06.2012 - 00:50
Rating: 9
Susan
Smeghead
Written by Unhealer on 12.06.2012 at 21:27

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 12.06.2012 at 20:26

Yeah, they probably think they're being cute by ending the album with a dubstep outro. xD


When in fact they're being awesome.


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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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26.06.2012 - 17:13
Rating: 10
Hughes
Wow this is frigging awesome , first time i hear about em O.O
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27.06.2012 - 13:06
Rating: 7
Zaph
The Nothingth
Damn, I really expected instructions on how to organize a lynch mob...
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27.06.2012 - 17:12
Rating: 7
Draugen
I seem to be part of a minority which regard Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious (phuh!) as the best DSO album yet. I generally want my avantgarde metal to be crazy and over the top in a "controlled chaos" kind of way and that is where the greatness of said album mainly came from, when the band took the formula of the debut and added drugs into the mix so to speak. I loved it.

Having said that, it therefor saddens me somewhat to see most of that craziness gone with Pandora's Piñata. Sure, it still contains a few of those moments but as a whole the album came across as too safe and restrained for me. It starts off fair enough however and it is obvious that the band members know their stuff. But as the album progressed more and more I could not help but feel that I was listening to less intriguing versions of already done concepts from previous works.
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21.07.2012 - 18:26
tuerda
Just listenning to this right now for the first time. My general feeling is that this is their best work yet. They used pretty much everything but the kitchen sink and threw it together in a way you would never have predicted. Contrary to what that would make you think, it all makes perfect sense and is never even slightly dissonant.
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24.07.2012 - 11:42
Rating: 9
CyberSymphony
Ollie
The most entertaining album of the year so far. So incredibly fun to listen to.
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31.07.2012 - 18:23
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
This new album sounds more "tame" when compared to its predecessors but I still enjoy it quite a lot. I loved a lot the craziness of their earlier works but I also like this, more mature music. And surely it wouldn't be DSO if their album sounded predictable so you are bound to find some little surprises here and there when you listen to it for the first time.
One of the not-so-many albums released this year that I really enjoy listening to.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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10.08.2012 - 11:22
Night Sight
It is one strange album,i dont know what to say,it makes me speechless.this is strong album for sure.i dont have much interests in symphonic metal and it is a bit too much symphonic for me but it has some interesting moments that doesnt heard on many albums.exit strategy of a wrecking ball is great song maybe the best song of the album.
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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11.08.2012 - 09:11
Rating: 7
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth
I don't know. DSO just fail to really impress me with their last two album. As with Sing-Along Songs, this has some interesting ideas, but somehow all this stuff feels recycled from the first album - even though there are seemingly new ideas here...
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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20.08.2012 - 04:04
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
First DSO album and i am utterly confused. This is so odd... goddamn i love it
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20.08.2012 - 12:09
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Alex F on 20.08.2012 at 04:04

First DSO album and i am utterly confused. This is so odd... goddamn i love it


Definitely check the others out. The debut is the only one I've heard in its entirety. Mindblowing stuff.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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20.08.2012 - 12:42
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.08.2012 at 12:09

Written by Alex F on 20.08.2012 at 04:04

First DSO album and i am utterly confused. This is so odd... goddamn i love it


Definitely check the others out. The debut is the only one I've heard in its entirety. Mindblowing stuff.


and it is still their best by quite a margin.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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20.08.2012 - 12:57
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
I really liked listening to this album...it is not something i would play over and over again each day, but it is very nice music of many shapes
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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16.09.2012 - 13:11
Rating: 8
Candlemass
Defaeco
Very nice. Thus far my favorite of theirs.
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13.03.2013 - 15:00
Rhiannon
Account deleted
I loved their first one, and was very disappointed in Sing-Along... (annoying vocals, bad songs, no focus). Fortunately they fixed most of these problems here, this is a great album! Hope to see them live someday.
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06.05.2013 - 07:18
Rating: 9
darklos
Great album
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26.06.2013 - 03:16
Rating: 9
Doge of Venice
This album is fantastic to listen to in the car.



As a matter of fact, so are the other albums. I like this one. On first listen, I thought there wasn't a song I didn't enjoy. Upon (many) further listens,only Kevlar Sweethearts seems to drag for me. Every other is fantastic. Think I still love the debut album (there is something nice about a lot of the sections with only one or two instruments, there is a restraint that I think was a little lacking in the past 2 albums).

Still goddamn fantastic.
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06.09.2013 - 11:09
Rating: 10
Lethrokai
Justice For Saint Mary has taken its place as one of my favourite songs of all time.
A song of beauty that transforms into something more sinister before being completely transformed in one of the most original ways I have ever seen in metal.

Every single song on this album is worth special mention, however I would buy this album just for Justice For Saint Mary. It's THAT good!
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Sometimes you just need to roll the dice and look away.
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31.10.2013 - 21:24
Erik M.
Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.08.2012 at 12:09

Mindblowing stuff.


Mindblowing, yes, as in mindblowing ridiculous.

It's baffling to me that Marcel enjoys this kind of music (their debut in this case) while he hates Ayreon (for example).
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31.10.2013 - 21:31
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Erik M. on 31.10.2013 at 21:24


It's baffling to me that Marcel enjoys this kind of music (their debut in this case) while he hates Ayreon (for example).


Because Diablo Swing Orchestra's debut is vastly superior to anything Ayreon ever did.

But the problem with Diablo Swing Orchestra is that they got weaker with every subsequent release.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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31.10.2013 - 21:34
Erik M.
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 31.10.2013 at 21:31

Because Diablo Swing Orchestra's debut is vastly superior to anything Ayreon ever did.

But the problem with Diablo Swing Orchestra is that they got weaker with every subsequent release.


Well, of course I disagree with that. Couldn't even finish listening to DSO's debut as I found the music ridiculous. Yes, still have it in my debut albums list because so many people seem to love that album, and that list isn't really subjective (in the sense that there are quite a few albums that I don't really like or even really dislike).
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30.01.2014 - 20:26
abysss
Written by Susan on 12.06.2012 at 18:15

I didn't love the 2nd album nearly as much as the first and therefore was a bit nervous about this one.

God. Damn.

This album is fucking brilliant and maybe even better than the debut. Certainly the energy has been kicked up to 11 and oooh I'm obsessing over Justice For Saint Mary. The album ends and I play that one several more times. Who knew that this band could STILL be full of surprises!!! That's really saying something. I never saw that song's ending coming in a million years.



I agree, their second album wasn't as good as the first one. It's so insane at times, in a bad way. But their Latest album is quite awesome, I think I like it more than their debut album. And it definitelly deserves a better rating But the dubstep outro really, when I first heard it i was like, wtf?! is there something wrong with the sound? and I am still wtf-ing every time I hear it.
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19.02.2014 - 19:21
Rating: 10
Creativinity
Listening to this album in the car, my stepfather who only likes stupidity like Lady Blabla and Rihanna, found this album interesting. But once Justice for Saint Mary blasted, he was in awe at the depth incorporated into this song and loved it.

This band changes people, man. It's like an experience.
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13.05.2014 - 17:17
Dima
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 31.10.2013 at 21:31


But the problem with Diablo Swing Orchestra is that they got weaker with every subsequent release.


Couldn't agree more. Why the great decline?
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