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Album: Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora’s Piñata

April 30th, 2012

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Diablo Swing Orchestra
Pandora’s Piñata
Candlelight Records
22 May 2012

by Ruth Booth

When you hear the words “Jazz Metal”,  you probably think of Meshuggah, TesseracT, or some other league of extraordinary Djentlemen. You’re less likely to imagine some hybrid of 1920s prohibition and nineties alt-metal, like Valkyrie flapper girls doing the Charleston to gut-crunching guitar. And yes, Diablo Swing Orchestra are that Other Jazz Metal, a name they made for themselves with their 2009 cult hi,t Sing-Along Songs for the Damned and Delirious. With their third record, Pandora’s Piñata, they’re heading south of the border.

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Future Hits 079: MaYaN

May 13th, 2011

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From: Reuver, The Netherlands
Lazy equation: Epica + Therion x Opeth
URLs: facebook.com/mayanband // MySpace.com/mayanofficial

Thrash Hits verdict:
A more-than-slightly mental project masterminded by Epica guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen playing crazy symphonic extremity and featuring many guests? Marvelous! Mark and guitarist Frank Schiphorst (also of Symmetry) kindly agreed to introduce us to their new project.

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