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Ha, this is nuts! These Aussie weirdos Darth Vegas are here to entertain us with some completely insane Fantomas-meets-APATT-meets-World/Inferno-meets-Joe Meek-meets-Benny Hill cheekiness. This seven-piece employ brass and strings alongside the usual rock instrumentation for a scorchingly accomplished journey through a myriad of styles with a schizophrenia and wit that recalls that Zappa/Beefheart-style virtuosic silliness. The brass-heaviness keeps making me think of the soundtrack to a little film called 'The Mask' where this guy finds a mask that turns him green and gives him some kind of zoot suit. Phil thinks it will appeal to fans of Messer Chups. It's a really epic, playful, imaginative piece of work. There are places where this sounds much more like a Jason Forrest mashup than an actual live band playing, such is their tightness. Insane swing-metal-jazz with bright flashes of blink-and-you'll-miss-it melody. A carnival of fun.
9/10 Smithy 2nd January 2019
Well I'm a Bungle fan so this album fits my hand like a glove. The variation between slow sweet gypsy music/jazz and the heavy metal parts. Combined with the sound of an old C64 game at times, it's became one of my favourite albums. I frequently listen to it, cause it never gets boring. But my friends don't understand me when I say this is a seriously good album and that the musicians performing on it are definitely top notch :) But that's their loss, not mine.
I'll have to give some criticism as well, the sound is not going to work on cheaper equipment. Much of the music is in midrange which most modern headphones etc are kind of bad at cause they just boost bas and treble.
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