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Diablo Swing Orchestra

Formed: 2003
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Diablo Swing Orchestra news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Brutal Assault Festival Band Upddate Announced

Brutal Assault Festival announces another band update for its upcoming 2019 edition. Tells the festival promotion agency:

"Let’s open this mega update with a black metal stormblast! Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world’s biggest black metal forge, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. And now DIMMU BORGIR have finally returned with a vicious work of art that is their latest album Eonian and they are coming to storm the main stage at Brutal Assault!
Wicked aural filth comes from the islands with GODFLESH, who are highly regarded as one of the pioneers of industrial metal; they took industrial to the next level with their fuse of heavy guitars and mixing it with slow drum loops and effects and their unique approach has spawned several musical styles since their conception.
Brutal Assault will also present a combo of iconic thrashers that need no introduction, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH will make it to the fest alongside upcoming crossover thrash ministry IRON REAGAN and a staple name of the genre PRONG. More...

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Announces New Album

Swedish avant-metal act Diablo Swing Orchestra has confirmed details of the upcoming new album titled "Pacifisticuffs." The 13-track album will be released on December 8th via Candlelight/Spinefarm.

The eight-headed beast behind "Pacifisticuffs" is notoriously hard to pigeonhole; although comfortable nestled in the rock and metal worlds, they incorporate elements of jazz, prog and even classical music. With tongues firmly in cheek, they take a sideways look at the world we live in and sprinkle their musical output with a healthy dose of theatrical sparkle.

Since the release of the last album "Pandora's Piñata" in 2012, lead vocalist Annlouice Lögdlund departed the band and has been replaced by Kristin Evegård. Evegård has wasted no time integrating into the band, and along with an all-round more democratic process, has added her lyrical and composition skills into the mix for "Pacifisticuffs."

The core style and approach of the band remains recognizable, but the band has turned its sights outwards rather than inwards. Less introspective than previous releases, "Pacifisticuffs" offers an expression of life's highs and lows and everything in between, all delivered with that recognizable Diablo Swing Orchestra touch of Technicolor.

The track list and cover art are as follows:

1. Knucklehugs (Arm Yourself With Love)
2. The Age of Vulture Culture
3. Superhero Jagganath
4.Vision of the Purblind
5. Lady Clandestine Chainbreaker
6. Jigsaw Hustle
7. Pulse of the Incipient
8. Ode to the Innocent
9. Interruption
10. Cul-De-Sac Semantics
11. Karma Bonfire
12. Climbing the Eyeball
13. Porch of Perception More...

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Parts With Vocalist

Diablo Swing Orchestra has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Annlouice Loegdlund:

"Aside from our wondrous experiences while writing, recording, rehearsing and touring during the last few years, one of our main concerns has been that AnnLouice's own opera career exceedingly has taken up more and more of her time. Hence, our long gaps between shows, and problems planning our operation as a band in general.

"Unfortunately, this fact has eventually led to AnnLouice leaving Diablo Swing Orchestra to pursue her own career to the fullest. As dear friends first, and a band second, we also separate as such.

"That being said, we're indeed glad for her success and wish her a thrilling venture like none other! Also — Our mutual thankfulness for the last decade of unison musical creativity as the orchestra we've grown into, sure shines through our creations; and always did, through thick and thin.

"As you sense by now, here comes the conjunction 'but.' Of course the matter at hand has meant that we somehow had to find a proper solution to continue doing what we simply love so much — creating and performing music as a group. 'Solution' is a poor word of choice really, as no words actually capture what we're trying to convey here, ten years in (!), but yes — conclusively we have now found a main vocalist replacement.

"A 'solution' that provides the band with an all new gusto, and which is taking Diablo Swing in prestine directions. Diablo Swing Orchestra finally materializes a new phase, featuring new mojo, delight and energy! Enter Kristin Evegård. And you won't have to wait long to hear her, as we're recording a new single as we speak, with a planned release in late October.

"Yes, we hear you say, 'less talk, more mojo,' so without any further ado: Presenting the new Diablo Swing Orchestra with Kristin Evegård." More...

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Posts New Music Video

Diablo Swing Orchestra has released a new video clip for the song "Black Box Messiah," which can be viewed below. The track comes off the band's "Pandora's Piñata" album (reviewed here). The full album's track listing is as follow:

1. Voodoo Mon Amour
2. Guerilla Laments
3. Kevlar Sweethearts
4. How To Organize A Lynch Mob
5. Black Box Messiah
6. Exit Strategy Of A Wrecking Ball
7. Aurora
8. Mass Rapture
9. Honey Trap Aftermath
10. Of Kali Ma Calibre
11. Justice For Saint Mary More...

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Announces New Album

Sweden’s eclectic metal troupe Diablo Swing Orchestra will release a third full-length in North America, "Pandora’s Piñata," on May 22nd via Sensory Records, with Candlelight Records handling the album in Europe. The band recently posted a new single online titled "Vodoo Mon Amour," and the following press release was also issued about the album:

"An eclectic mash up of metal, opera, swing jazz, tango, and spaghetti western soundtrack, the music Diablo Swing Orchestra creates is unlike that of any other group on the planet. The message of DSO has expanded its way through an incredibly devout fanbase developed over years of infiltrating viral markets dominated by open-minded musical thrill seekers, in addition to prominent live gigs on several continents over recent years, and fans of their incredibly unique, technical, ambidextrous groove are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pandora’s Piñata.

"The follow-up album to their acclaimed 2009-released Sing Along Songs For The Damned And Delirious, also released via Sensory, Pandora’s Piñata finds Diablo Swing Orchestra expanded into a massive eight-piece lineup, with the permanent addition of two horn players. The new album is a smörgåsbord of different levels of musical insanity building on the foundation laid down on their previous album. And as always the musical mayhem is fronted by the glass shattering voice of Annlouice Loegdlund, a metal queen at night but a trained opera singer by day, her incredibly infectious and professional range setting the rest of the incredibly layered tunes alive with vibrant flames of originality. More...

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Posts New Single Online

Candlelight Records has issued the following announcement about posting a new single online from Swedish avant-garde act Diablo Swing Orchestra:

"Ladies and gents, put on your finest dancing shoes and show us your moves. We give you the song 'Voodoo Mon Amour' from the upcoming album 'Pandora's Piñata' out May 22nd."

Check out "Voodoo Mon Amour" in the player below.

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Issues Update

Swedish progressive metal act Diablo Swing Orchestra has revealed plans to record a new album. The posted the following statement online:

"New album is coming along slowly but surely. We have around 11 songs in various stages of completion at the moment and we're still counting. Some working titles are: 'Día De Los Muertos', 'Voodoo, Mon Amour!' and 'Aurora'. Expect some Turkish pop mixed with black metal and Chinese boy choirs among other things. We're hoping to get the recordings ready some time during the spring of 2011."

You can check out Diablo Swing Orchestra at this location.

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Announces European Tour

Swedish avant-garde metal band Diablo Swing Orchestra has announced the following tour dates:

Sep 11 - Progpower USA X - Atlanta (US)
Sep 14 - Circo volador - Mexico City (MX)
Sep 15 - MMF pre party show @ Café iguana - Monterrey (MX)
Oct 02 - The Purple Turtle, Camden - London (UK)
Oct 09 - Nubux Festival - Reusel (NL)
Oct 10 - Nox Obscura - Nijmegen (NL)
Nov 13 - Diemelkult-Festival - Marsberg (DE)

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Plans London Debut

Diablo Swing Orchestra will be making their UK debut on October 2nd at the Purple Turtle, Camden. The show will also be a launch party for the band's second album, "Sing-Along songs for the Damned and Delirious." Support will be announced soon.

Tickets are available in advance from Seetickets. Alternatively you can avoid postage costs and booking fees by buying directly from Ascendance Records. Check the "Shop" link at ascendancerecords.com. They won't be issuing physical tickets, but they'll keep your name(s) at the door for when you arrive.

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Diablo Swing Orchestra Signs to Ascendance

Ascendance Records has announced the signing of Diablo Swing Orchestra to a worldwide deal.

The unique genre-hopping Swedish sextet has already garnered an ever-growing army of fans on the strength of their self-released debut “The Butcher’s Ballroom” (later licensed to Candlelight Records in Europe and Sonic Cathedral in the US) and their European festival perfomances including MFVF and Summer Breeze.

The new album, “Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious,” is tentetively scheduled for a September release. As well as the normal release there will also be a strictly limited and numbered boxed version, available by direct mail order only. It will feature an exclusive DVD, a set of postcards, a pewter pendant and a sticker all in an embossed tin box. Full details will be made available closer to release.

The album will be recorded at In Flames studio in Gothenburg under the supervision of producer Roberto Laghi who, besides his work on the latest In Flames effort, has also worked with the likes of Sonic Syndicate, Mustasch and Hardcore Superstar. Recordings will commence on April 6th and will be finished on May 1st. Mixing will be done between the 1st and 12th of June. The band will be posting a studio report at the end of each week on their Myspace site so that you can follow how the recordings are progressing.

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ProgPower UK Cancelled

This year's ProgPower UK, which was scheduled for March 28-29 in Bristol, England, has been cancelled. The following message has been posted on wwwww.progpoweruk.com:

"This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make, but it is with great regret that we have had to cancel ProgPower UK III.

"We have made no secret of the financial difficulties that have dogged our first two years, which is why we made a significant number of changes for year three. However, ticket sales have been extremely poor and, as a result, there is no way we can stage the festival without losing a substantial amount of money – again.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and we are fully aware of both the disappointment and inconvenience it will cause. However, we simply cannot afford to keep pumping money into ProgPower UK and we can assure you that we are as disappointed about this as you no doubt are.

"As a result of this, ProgPower UK LLP will cease trading with immediate effect.

"Ticket holders who purchased tickets via cheque or Paypal through the ProgPowerUK website will be refunded by the method through which the tickets were purchased. This will be done within twenty-eight days.

"If you purchased tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop, please contact them directly for a refund.

"Please direct any enquiries to enquiries@progpoweruk.com All enquiries will be dealt with, but please be patient.

"We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years, and also thank Rene Janssen and his team giving us the opportunity to make ProgPower UK a reality.

"The ProgPower UK Team"

The following bands were scheduled to perform at ProgPower UK:

Circus Maximus
Diablo Swing Orchestra
Thy Majestie
Vanden Plas

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Korpiklaani Added To Summer Breeze Festival

The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 14th to 16th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany:


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Primal Fear Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are the latest acts confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: ASP, BORN FROM PAIN, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMAL FEAR, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

Organizers are announcing a new band each day in December via their Adventskalender!

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Exodus Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

US thrash legends EXODUS are the latest act confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

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