Release date: 22 May 2012
Style: Symphonic avantgarde metal

Rating:

8.2 | 308 votes

Owners:

273 have it
57 want it


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

Review
Lyrics (11)


Line-up
Annlouice Loegdlund - vocals
Martin Isaksson - trumpet, backing vocals
Daniel Hedin - trombone, backing vocals
Daniel Håkansson - guitars, vocals
Pontus Mantefors - guitars, fx, synths
Petter Karlsson - drums
Johannes Bergion - cello, backing vocals
Anders "Andy" Johansson - 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

Guest review by
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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Staff pick by
Susan

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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FrozenJoy - 18.03.2011 at 22:35  
  I definitely CAN'T wait for this... "Sing Along..." was simply awesome...
godisdead - 30.05.2011 at 20:25  
  Cant wait for it.
AXA - 25.07.2011 at 09:50  
  I want more ,,,

I can wait ...
I need a good work like always
DelightfulJim - 24.04.2012 at 02:03  
Rating: 10 Just listened to it in full.


Holy shit.

They actually keep topping their previous works. This is fucked up shit, but it's amazing!
Unhealer - 24.04.2012 at 06:09  
Rating: 9 The Chinese boys choir, the black metal bit, the mexican song... everything was true.
The low quality leak turned me off a bit, but composition-wise it's excellent.
Numa - 24.04.2012 at 15:30  
Rating: 9 They outdid themselves again, i never thought it was possible, some bands start to suck after several albums, but this band doesnt!
PocketMetal - 24.04.2012 at 16:13  
Rating: 10 Love love LOVE D:S:O for doing this , not only they have never disappointed ... they keep releasing excellent stuff . I find this record absolutely amazing .
Fritillaria - 24.04.2012 at 22:35  
  Though I didnt like the first song they have released still I am looking forward to hear,the whole album
alain.bejjani - 27.04.2012 at 15:40  
  This album is the purest of arts! I think this band now is one the top of my list with no one to challenge ...maybe just Lacrimosa
PocketMetal - 27.04.2012 at 18:27  
Rating: 10
Written by alain.bejjani on 27.04.2012 at 15:40

This album is the purest of arts! I think this band now is one the top of my list with no one to challenge ...maybe just Lacrimosa


make sure you listen to their previous albums too , you don't wanna miss something like that . best album of the year so far !
eponymous - 27.04.2012 at 22:39  
  I thought the single was unimpressive, but I'm hoping that was just a fluke.
DelightfulJim - 01.05.2012 at 03:10  
Rating: 10 Not that many songs on the new one sound like the single. But I adored it, personally.
Sync - 06.05.2012 at 21:20  
Rating: 9
Written by Unhealer on 24.04.2012 at 06:09

the black metal bit


Which song is this?
Unhealer - 06.05.2012 at 21:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Sync on 06.05.2012 at 21:20

Which song is this?


Of Kali Ma Calibre. Just some seconds of blast beats and rather violent drumming for DSO standards, nothing to be crazy about.
HitokiriNate85 - 07.05.2012 at 17:28  
  Been listening to the whole album the last couple days. It's hard to know what to say. I think they might have actually topped their previous albums, which I listen to so often that I didn't think they could. Lots of new stuff in this album, and it has both their heaviest and lightest material to date, I think. Preordering the album and hoping they actual come play in the US for once.
Fredd - 12.05.2012 at 12:37  
  Leaked.
PocketMetal - 17.05.2012 at 11:00  
Rating: 10
Written by Fredd on 12.05.2012 at 12:37

Leaked.


it was leaked 20 days before your comment xD
Fredd - 17.05.2012 at 16:16  
 
Written by PocketMetal on 17.05.2012 at 11:00

Written by Fredd on 12.05.2012 at 12:37

Leaked.


it was leaked 20 days before your comment xD

NOOOOOOOOO
DelightfulJim - 21.05.2012 at 16:25  
Rating: 10 Oh man. I have this on cd now. I'm so happyyyyy <3
PocketMetal - 22.05.2012 at 11:49  
Rating: 10 After like 30 listens , I think it's their best album and one of my favorites of all time . It leaves me speechless .
Unhealer - 22.05.2012 at 20:23  
Rating: 9 I still don't know what to say about this album. I know it's good but it left me somewhat confused.
Here goes another listen...
The Melting Snow - 22.05.2012 at 21:28  
Rating: 4 this is hilarious stuff... and very annoying...
The Melting Snow - 22.05.2012 at 21:47  
Rating: 4 Laughable would be the right word.
Justicelust - 22.05.2012 at 22:11  
Rating: 5
Written by The Melting Snow on 22.05.2012 at 21:28

this is hilarious stuff... and very annoying...

you are totally right, I don't understand how this is at the top?
when I saw this at the top I thought it is something great but WTF I heard lol
The Melting Snow - 22.05.2012 at 22:15  
Rating: 4
Quote:
When I saw this at the top I thought it is something great but WTF I heard lol



exactly my reaction too.
it'll go down pretty soon i guess... doesn't have any material that'll attract people who aren't already fans..
Valaskjalf - 22.05.2012 at 22:17  
Rating: 8 Very good album, yet not close to the previous two. The first song especially is not as good as "Ballrog Boogie" and "A Tapdancer's Dillema" - they really kicked those 2 albums off with a bang!
Asunder - 23.05.2012 at 04:43  
Rating: 5 Soo dissapointing
Moose - 23.05.2012 at 05:24  
 
Written by Asunder on 23.05.2012 at 04:43

Soo dissapointing


3 songs in so far, and it's sounding pretty awesome.

People giving it criticism... care to elaborate? Just interested..
PocketMetal - 23.05.2012 at 08:40  
Rating: 10
Written by Moose on 23.05.2012 at 05:24

Written by Asunder on 23.05.2012 at 04:43

Soo dissapointing


3 songs in so far, and it's sounding pretty awesome.

People giving it criticism... care to elaborate? Just interested..


either close minded metalheads or new to D:S:O , I don't thinik it's the best album to start listening to this band ... first album is the best for that . anyway the musical talent and songwriting skills of D:S:O needs no discussion .. they are among the best .
Fritillaria - 23.05.2012 at 09:58  
  Disappointment !
Moose - 23.05.2012 at 13:54  
 
Written by PocketMetal on 23.05.2012 at 08:40

Written by Moose on 23.05.2012 at 05:24


3 songs in so far, and it's sounding pretty awesome.
People giving it criticism... care to elaborate? Just interested..


either close minded metalheads or new to D:S:O , I don't thinik it's the best album to start listening to this band ... first album is the best for that . anyway the musical talent and songwriting skills of D:S:O needs no discussion .. they are among the best .


Agreed.
Hmm, but I see at least two people who have them listed as a favorite band say 'disappointing' now.
Cynic Metalhead - 23.05.2012 at 14:04  
 
Written by Moose on 23.05.2012 at 13:54

Written by PocketMetal on 23.05.2012 at 08:40

Written by Moose on 23.05.2012 at 05:24


3 songs in so far, and it's sounding pretty awesome.
People giving it criticism... care to elaborate? Just interested..


either close minded metalheads or new to D:S:O , I don't thinik it's the best album to start listening to this band ... first album is the best for that . anyway the musical talent and songwriting skills of D:S:O needs no discussion .. they are among the best .



Hmm, but I see at least two people who have them listed as a favorite band say 'disappointing' now.


Band who is been listed favorite by any user doesn't mean that person has to like every album of that band. Some of the albums are too boring/ disappointing and it leads to nowhere. It's saying like "you gotta that band in your favorite list, how you now hating that album?" won't payback you with good responses.
BoxCar Willy - 23.05.2012 at 14:37  
 
Written by Moose on 23.05.2012 at 13:54

Agreed.
Hmm, but I see at least two people who have them listed as a favorite band say 'disappointing' now.

I agree with Cynic, I have Shadows Fall in my favourite band list, but their new album sucks donkey dick.

However I still love their old stuff, and they are one of my favourite bands.
Moose - 23.05.2012 at 14:44  
 
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 23.05.2012 at 14:04


Band who is been listed favorite by any user doesn't mean that person has to like every album of that band. Some of the albums are too boring/ disappointing and it leads to nowhere. It's saying like "you gotta that band in your favorite list, how you now hating that album?" won't payback you with good responses.


Guys, hold up. Pocketmetal suggested that the people expressing disappointment about the album were simply new to D.S.O. I was just pointing out that some 'fans' of the band had also posted negative comments. Not that they aren't allowed to.
I'm just curious to see why they think this album is so much worse than their previous work.
BoxCar Willy - 23.05.2012 at 14:46  
 
Written by Moose on 23.05.2012 at 14:44

...


Okay, I thought you meant that you can't favourite a band unless you like all their albums
PocketMetal - 23.05.2012 at 15:53  
Rating: 10 Actually I didn't check their profiles but the people who call it "laughable" or " WTF did I just listen to " are certainly new to D:S:O so their brain automatically rejects their strange music .
Troy Killjoy - 23.05.2012 at 17:15  
  I love it when people make excuses for one of their favorite albums being criticized. "Oh, they must be new to the band. They must not understand the music. They must be completely retarded."

It's called an opinion. I've always thought this band was shit, and I have no interest in checking this album out. I would like to think I can still recite the alphabet in spite of this.
PocketMetal - 23.05.2012 at 18:51  
Rating: 10
Written by Troy Killjoy on 23.05.2012 at 17:15

I love it when people make excuses for one of their favorite albums being criticized. "Oh, they must be new to the band. They must not understand the music. They must be completely retarded."

It's called an opinion. I've always thought this band was shit, and I have no interest in checking this album out. I would like to think I can still recite the alphabet in spite of this.


err ... I didn't call anyone retarded ? and BY THE LOOKS OF THE COMMENTS I just said they are new to the band ... 'cause they stated it like that ! but yeah I think it takes a little open-mindness to like this ... but that isn't an insult to anyone who doesn't like this .
I don't even care about the ratings ... but I wish some people stop just throwing words instead of saying why , so we can understand them better ? it's not being "criticized" in any way ... it's just being bashed without giving the reasons .

and I didn't say they don't "understand" the music , I just doubt they gave it any chance . ( it happened for me when I listened to their debut ... I just deleted it from my PC )

I know you don't like Avantgarde music in general , that's totally ok ... I don't like Black Metal , so what's the big deal ?
Troy Killjoy - 23.05.2012 at 19:00  
 
Written by PocketMetal on 23.05.2012 at 18:51
err ... I didn't call anyone retarded ?

it's just being bashed without giving the reasons.

I was just paraphrasing. People who can't understand why people criticize albums they like usually don't respond very well.

As for it being bashed without any reasons, you do realize those who are saying they like it haven't provided any explanations either, right? Comments don't have to be mini-reviews - some people like things and some don't, and they'll post according: "I think this album is a disappointment" or "I really enjoyed this album, best release this year so far" are things that are normal. If they wanted to elaborate more than that, they would. Or they'd review it.

As for you not liking black metal... not really sure what the point of that is. For the sake of being on-topic I posted that I wasn't interested in this album because the band has never interested me. :/
PocketMetal - 23.05.2012 at 19:17  
Rating: 10
Written by Troy Killjoy on 23.05.2012 at 19:00

As for you not liking black metal... not really sure what the point of that is. For the sake of being on-topic I posted that I wasn't interested in this album because the band has never interested me. :/


I was just using an example , some people don't like some kinds of music ... I mean it's a normal thing .

I hate being out of topic so I decided to do a mini review :
first of all , this album is so much fun to listen to ... that's the most important part , it's less metal and less aggressive than previous ones but it's more varied and the craziness is still there . also Annlouice ones again destroys most of the female vocalists in the scene ... just listen to Aurora to see how great she can sing . what I noticed during my countless listens is that the drums are now far better .. they have a certain kick that stands out between all the cello/trumpet and trombone madness ( no I don't know what's a trombone ) , also there is some crazy adorable bass going on in some songs , if you have heard them before , you can guess how the rest of the music works . to conclude this , D:S:O are back with another creative album , and with many influences from various genres ... they just keep it "fun" this time from start to finish .

Highlights : Voodoo Mon Amour , Kevlar Sweethearts , Mass Rapture , Honey Trap Aftermath and the last song .
Fredd - 24.05.2012 at 01:58  
  I really like those sad oriental melodies.
Asunder - 24.05.2012 at 02:07  
Rating: 5 It isnt' avante garde at all
Unhealer - 24.05.2012 at 07:31  
Rating: 9 I just noticed they've ended the record with a dubstep section.
Damn, one more listen and I'll give it a score.

Can't believe I'm seeing them live in just one week
Numa - 25.05.2012 at 03:37  
Rating: 9 Looking forward to read a metalstorm review of this great new album.
alain.bejjani - 25.05.2012 at 12:17  
 
Quote:
Make sure you listen to their previous albums too , you don't wanna miss something like that . best album of the year so far !


I have all their albums and I love them all 10x
strade - 27.05.2012 at 06:44  
  Great stuff. It's bizarre, bombastic, and completely awesome. This is one of those things that almost sounds like comedy on paper, but it ain't no joke in terms of execution.
Paradox0 - 27.05.2012 at 08:35  
Rating: 7 I don't know what it is but there is something lacking and uninspired in this album. I thought this would be a formula that really couldn't run itself dry but it might have for me. It's not like DSO is a deep enough band that multiple listens is really going to change my opinion of this album. Voodoo Mon Amour, and Guerilla Laments would seem right up my alley but they just seem to not grab my Attention. Black Box Messiah sounds like something by Stolen babies, but those fucking babies singing is annoying. Oddly Enough, Exit Strategy Of A Wrecking Ball, is kind of interesting with its rolling bouncy feeling to it, if not the concept itself creates some interesting imaginary, and Honey Trap Aftermath is a pretty slick song, if not for the distorted bass lines. Everything else is just sadly forgetable.
Hollberr - 05.06.2012 at 06:21  
Rating: 9 It's been a long time since a song didn't blow my mind up like Justice for Saint Mary did.

This band, wether you like it or not, can't leave you indifferent. They try so many things, sometimes it's not that good (I did not like their 2 previous albums in their whole) but this time, it's brililant.
R'Vannith - 05.06.2012 at 07:51  
Rating: 8 This is steadily getting better and better, my favourite is easily the short 'Black Box Messiah', bloody brilliant
Unhealer - 05.06.2012 at 16:07  
Rating: 9
Written by R'Vannith on 05.06.2012 at 07:51

This is steadily getting better and better, my favourite is easily the short 'Black Box Messiah', bloody brilliant


It was the only song I didn't quite like at first, but after hearing it live it convinced me I danced like nuts.

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