I’ve heard Metal mixed with almost every other kind of music out there (including Flamenco - a local band called Flametal did a Flamenco/Metal fusion that was kind of interesting in a live setting, but ultimately they were more of a novelty act than anything else), but this is the first time I’ve ever heard Metal fused with Swing. Diablo Swing Orchestra is more Swing than Metal, so if you’re expecting a Metal album with a Swing garnish, you’re going to be disappointed. If you don’t like Swing music, you’re going to hate this album. For me, this is a “listen to it once and that’s it” band. Once you own one album by this band, you’ll never need another one because this goes just about everywhere it can go. In fact, you can get essentially everything you could ever want out of this band after listening to a small portion of Pandora’s Pinata. Personally, the only real reason I can see to even own this is to show your non-Metalhead friends how “open-minded” you are. It might even get you a blowjob from some hairy armpitted, blue dreadlock encrusted college chick. Of course, you could probably get that same blowjob if you just let her smoke some of your pot, but that would be a waste of good weed (and you’ll be able to play the Diablo Swing Orchestra CD again for a different hairy armpitted, blue dreadlock encrusted college chick). Swing appeals to a small number of people and none of those people are Metal fans. The fusion of the two genres is pure novelty, much in the same way as mixing comedy and Metal is. Once the novelty wears off, there’s nothing left. I’ve given Diablo Swing Orchestra a couple of extra points for at least trying to be different and original, but that’s just me being generous. This might be good Swing music, but that’s not a selling point if you’re a Metal fan.
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