"some music was meant to stay underground..."

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - "Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events" (CD)

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - "Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events" CD cover image

"Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events" track listing:

1. Vicki Mayhem
2. Yippie-Kay-Yay Mother!@#$%^
3. I Am Sammy Jankis
4. The Lost & Damned
5. Passenger 57
6. There's A Time And A Place For Everything
7. W.A.L.L.S.
8. Suicide's Best Friend
9. Hour of the Time
10. The Union
11. A Trail Of Tears

Reviewed by on December 23, 2010

"...'Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events' captures the group at a new found level of aggression and intensity that fans have yet to see."

After two albums worth of comedy-laden technical metal, the humorously named Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza decided to kick things up a notch in the serious department. The band’s latest effort, “Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events” captures the group at a new found level of aggression and intensity that fans have yet to see. The music is still insanely technical, hectic and at times headache inducing – which is what fans have come to expect – but gone are the comical interludes and pointless moments of juvenile antics.

“Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events” is a career defining statement from the band that now allows it to stand together with the best acts in the technical metal genre. “Yippie-Kay-Yay Mother!@#$%^,” while comically titled, is a furious composition that combines the absolute best elements of bands like Meshuggah, Psyopus, and at times Cannibal Corpse. The guitars provide a wall of noise that is almost orchestral in its nature, utilizing sharp sweep picking sections and complex bass lines. While the title may be a bit silly, “Yippie-Kay-Yay Mother!@#$%^” is a beast of an extreme metal track and is a high point of the album.

The only thing lacking on “Danza III,” when held in comparison to the band’s earlier work, is the more streamlined approach to the vocals. They aren’t as chaotic and frantic and usually stay at one pitch for the majority of the album. Some guttural growls are employed sparingly but the high-pitch shrieks are almost non-existent. While the vocals may not be as adventurous this time around it really is just a minor flaw in the grand scheme of things. “Danza III” is a still a far superior album in every other aspect.

It happens eventually for most bands who form during their teen years; maturing as they progress. “Danza III” is a prime example of this, as the band having formed in 2004 has now gone on to become a far more focused and determined extreme metal act. Intense songs like “There's a Time and a Place for Everything” and “A Trail Of Tears” offer up a new found hope for the band and finds it moving in the right direction towards the throne of technical metal.

Highs: Intense and complex songwriting that leaves new things to be discovered with each listen.

Lows: The vocals are slightly more basic than on past releases.

Bottom line: Mind bending technical metal that challenges the senses.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)