The unstoppable octet Diablo Swing Orchestra continue fearlessly on their musical rollercoaster ride! Hurtling towards the release of their stupendous fifth album Swagger & Stroll Down the Rabbit Hole on 2nd Novembervia Candlelight/Spinefarm, with the release oftheir second single ‘Celebremos Lo Inevitable’.
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Comments guitarist/vocalist Daniel Håkansson: “The song draws inspiration from the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos and its celebration of friends and family members who have passed on but still live in our hearts and through our memories of them. It’s our first song in Spanish and since we wanted it sound authentic, we had a Mexican vocal coach in the studio just to get the pronunciation correct.”
The spirited progressive eight-piece Swedish ensemble are known for pairing elements of jazz, swing, classical and progressive rock with just about everything in between. Since their foundation in 2003 the band have released four studio albums which push musical boundaries to the extreme with humour, creativity and a healthy dose of positive aggression. Their debut The Butcher’s Ballroom was a breath of fresh air when it came out in 2006 to worldwide critical acclaim. The band’s fifth effort Swagger & Stroll Down the Rabbit Hole is by far their most ambitious undertaking which pays tribute to all four previous releases and adds some new colours to their already broad pallet of sounds.
DSO haveonce again teamed up with producer Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Hardcore Superstars) who has become almost the ninth member of the orchestra. Together they’ve dug deeply into each of the genres explored in the thirteen album tracks and worked hard to find the appealing genre characteristics to forge their own sound. This approach has resulted in a impressive list of guest musicians and some very interesting clashes between sounds which, at least on paper, shouldn’t work. Listeners with an open mind will be rewarded by numerous goodies littered throughout the album, ranging from the tribal assault that is ‘War Painted Valentine’ to the Zeppelin-gospel-infused ‘Snake Oil Baptism’.
As with many bands Covid-19 presented multiple challenges but also granted opportunities which allowed them to take their time in the studio since there was no tour waiting to happen. The mixing process alone took over half a year but Diablo Swing Orchestra are confident that they’ve produced an album which will leave an indelible mark, whilst inspiring others to try out fresh ideas on genre blending.
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