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The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza self-titled

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - self-titled
01. My Bowling Ball's Frozen in a Footlocker in Chicago
02. I Bet Heaven Looks A Lot Like Talledega
03. God Ain't Got No Use For No 180lb. Bag of Sugar
04. 5 Deep on Charlie
05. Cliff Burton Surprise
06. Bringin' It Straight From Alabama
07. Bill Dance Lands The Big One
08. Daddy's Coming Up
09. Tony Little, Jack Daniel's, and the Open Road
10. Big Puns Not Dead Because I Just Saw Him at Krispy Kreme
Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 9/12/2005

Wow. This is a crazy album.

I saw The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza a good while ago, and they didn't have their shit together like this. This album is much much better than the one time I saw this band live, and it's almost as if this is a whole new band. I haven't heard any previous recordings from these guys, and the one performance that I saw made it hard to figure out what was going on. It just sounded like a shitty mess.

So, I suppose the best way I can describe this album is a mix of Daughters and Ed Gein. Every song on this album is completely out of control, but in a good way. Tons of stop and start chaotic riffs, with some crazy breakdowns. I have to say that these guitarists are quite good at utilizing every part of the fretboard. It's hard to keep up with some of these riffs. Every now and then (especially at the beginning of "Cliff Burton Surprise") there are some silly rock moments, but the listener is quickly shifted into guitar chaos. As previously mentioned, there re quite a bit of moshy breakdowns throughout, but TTDTE manages to keep it a tad more interesting. After a while, it can get old to me, but it's good to hear a band at least attempting to be creative with their mosh parts.

The song titles are ridiculous, but I suppose that's fairly typical of bands like this. The lyrics, however, seem to be quite personal. It would be nice if the vocalist tried to mix things up a bit. The midrange scream gets a bit monotonous, but it definitely fits the tone of the music. In my opinion, some of these songs could use a deeper growl on certain parts for the sake of dynamics.

The production is quite decent, and very metal sounding. The guitars are a bit too far on the high-end for my tastes, but they are still crunchy. I would also like the bass to have a stronger presence in the mix.

Bottom Line: Like I said before, this album is a chaotic, crazy ride. This isn't something that I could listen to very often, but I'll give credit where credit is due. I think these guys have done a good job of putting together an album to go with all the other tech/hardcore/metal albums out there. Fans of Ion Dissonance, Ed Gein, or Daughters would probably love this album.

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