Diablo Swing Orchestra

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Diablo Swing Orchestra
Diablo Swing Orchestra at Global East Rock Festival 2010 (1).jpg
Diablo Swing Orchestra at the Global East Rock Festival in 2010. From left to right: Pontus Mantefors, Johannes Bergion, AnnLouice Lögdlund, and Martin Isaksson.
Background information
Origin Sweden
Genres Avant-garde metal, swing revival, progressive metal, symphonic metal, experimental rock, jazz fusion
Years active 2003–present
Labels Guillotine Grooves (2003–2009)
Candlelight, Sonic Cathedral (2006–2009)
Ascendance (2009-2017)
Spinefarm (2017-present)[1]
Website www.diabloswing.com
Members Daniel Håkansson
Kristin Evegård
Pontus Mantefors
Andy Johansson
Johannes Bergion
Daniel Hedin
Martin Isaksson
Johan Norbäck
Past members Lisa Hansson
Annlouice Lögdlund
Andreas Halvardsson
Petter Karlsson

Diablo Swing Orchestra is a Swedish avant-garde metal band formed in 2003.[2] They have released four albums: The Butcher's Ballroom (2006), Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious (2009), Pandora's Piñata (2012) and Pacifisticuffs (2017).

The band mixes numerous influences from heavy metal, various metal subgenres including progressive and symphonic, classical music, and jazz. It was created as a sextet, but became an octet in 2011, following the addition of a trombonist and a trumpeter.

History[edit]

Johannes Bergion's cello is one of the defining sounds of the band.

Debuts and The Butcher's Ballroom (2006–2009)[edit]

The band was created in 2003 as a sextet. The original line-up consisted of singer Lisa Hansson, guitarists Daniel Håkansson and Pontus Mantefors, bass guitarist Anders "Andy" Johansson, cellist Johannes Bergion, and drummer Andreas Halvardsson. They released their first EP, Borderline Hymns, in 2003; two years later, Hansson left the band, and was replaced by AnnLouice Lögdlund.

With Lögdlund, the band released their first album, The Butcher's Ballroom, in 2006. During recording, the band realized that some parts did not fit Lögdlund's voice; as such, Håkansson became the band's co-lead singer, with Mantefors also occasionally providing lead vocals.[3]

Through the band's official page on Myspace, they offered free downloads of a number of tracks from their debut album in promotion of The Butcher's Ballroom.[citation needed] The tracks released on the page were as follows: "Heroines", "Balrog Boogie" and "Poetic Pitbull Revolutions" — the latter of which was added to the playlist months later.[citation needed] The full album is offered free on Jamendo as of August 2016.[4] In July 2008 the band played at Summer Breeze Open Air in Germany and in October 2008 at Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium.[5]

Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious (2009–2011)[edit]

In early spring 2009, the band announced that they were returning to the studio, and made a number of cryptic video blogs to document their efforts. On June 30, 2009 they announced that the cover art for the album would be made by Swedish illustrator Peter Bergting, noted for being the author of The Portent.[6][7] The track "A Tap Dancer's Dilemma" was made available through the band's MySpace page on July 7, 2009.[5][8] They also announced that two Special Edition prints of the album would be available to pre-order along with the regular album. Both of the Special Edition copies came in an 8 panel digipak containing the CD, a 12-page booklet and a Bonus DVD.[9] The Special Limited Edition was restricted to only 300 orders, and came with an additional pack of postcards, vinyl sticker, and a Dog Tag embossed with the band's logo and a number between 1-300, unique to the owner.[9] Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious was released on September 21, 2009, and on October 2 the band played a special album-launch gig at The Purple Turtle club in Camden, London.[7]

On January 18, 2010, Diablo Swing Orchestra announced that their drummer, Andreas Halvardsson, had stepped down from his role due to "personal reasons" and would be replaced by Petter Karlsson, best known for his work with Swedish metal act Therion.[10][11] Diablo Swing Orchestra expect pre-production of their third album to begin towards the end of 2010.[10][11] On July 17, 2010, the band played at Circo Volador, Mexico City.

On August 14, 2010, the band played at Brutal Assault Open Air in the Czech Republic with the new lineup.[12]

In January, 2011, Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious was nominated in the Eclectic Album category in The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. The song "A Tap Dancer's Dilemma" was also nominated for the Metal/Hardcore category.[13]

Pandora's Piñata (2011–2014)[edit]

On January 24, 2011, the band announced on Facebook that trumpetist Martin Isaksson and trombonist, which were both featured as guests on Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious, had joined Diablo Swing Orchestra as full-time members.

On October 9, 2011, the band revealed their 3rd album title: Pandora's Piñata.

AnnLouice Lögdlund, the band's second female vocalist, was a part of the line-up from 2005 to 2014.

On March 29, 2012, the band announced on Facebook that Petter Karlsson was leaving the band; he was still featured on the upcoming album, as he had already recorded all his parts. The band publicly thanked him "for all the fun times together as well as for all the hard work he has put into the band". Karlsson stated "DSO is a band which foundation is made from a bunch of great guys, with great ideas, great enthusiasm and 100% motivation. I just feel that I can’t mobilize that amount of greatness and enthusiasm, without having a bigger share of the artistic creation and in addition to limited financial gain. I just have too much other things going in my life right now. And I really want to continue working on my own projects. So therefore I leave the drum throne to someone who can put the right amount of energy into it. DSO deserve that".[14] Johan Norbäck filled in as drummer for the rest of the ongoing tour, and eventually became a full-time member.

On April 9, 2012, the band released the new album's first single, "Voodoo Mon Amour" through their Facebook page.[15]

Pandora's Piñata was released on May 14, 2012 in Europe, and May 22 in North America. It received rave reviews from music critics.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24] On January 8, 2013, the band released the video from the song "Black Box Messiah".[25]

Pacifisticuffs (2014–present)[edit]

On August 16, 2014, the band announced that Annlouice Lögdlund was leaving Diablo Swing Orchestra as a mutual decision, as her opera career "exceedingly has taken up more and more of her time". They also announced Kristin Evegård as her replacement, and that she would be featured on their upcoming single, "Jigsaw Hustle", which was released later that year.[26] They immediately started working on their next album, which will feature a re-recorded version of "Jigsaw Hustle".

On February 10, 2017, the band announced the album's title, Pacifisticuffs.[27] After an originally announced release date of October 2017, the band announced on October 14, 2017, the final release date of December 8, preceded by two singles, "Knucklehugs" on November 3, and "The Age of Vulture Culture" on December 1.[28]

Mythology[edit]

The origin of the name of the band is related on their website. The tongue-in-cheek back-story recounts a historically questionable ancestral story beginning in 16th century Sweden. Supposedly, ancestors of the band members performed orchestral works in defiance of the ruling church at the time (possibly in reference to the newly installed protestant Lutheran national church, in power during the mid and late 16th century). The orchestra was forced to go into hiding, performing in secret, with the assistance of oppressed peasants during the era. After years of performing for the pleasure of these peasants, the story claims that the church put a bounty on the performers' lives, and that this bounty was so high that the orchestra knew they would soon be captured, and thus chose to play a spectacular final show before becoming martyred to the church.[2]

Band members[edit]

Petter Karlsson, pictured here recording his parts for Pandora's Piñata, was the drummer of Diablo Swing Orchestra from 2010 to 2012.

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Voodoo Mon Amour" (2012)
  • "Jigsaw Hustle" (2014)
  • "Knucklehugs" (2017)
  • "The Age of Vulture Culture" (2017)[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ladies and gentlemen! We are as of now signed to Spinefarm/Universal". DSO's official facebook. July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Candlelight Records". Candlelight Records. July 11, 2007. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved March 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "INTERVIEW : DANIEL HÅKANSSON – DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA (2009)". Erwin Van Dijk. July 15, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Download this free music album: The Butcher's Ballroom". Jamendo. 
  5. ^ a b "Diablo Swing Orchestra: new song posted online". Blabbermouth. July 8, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ Diablo Swing Orchestra (June 30, 2009). "Sing Along Songs album art & special editions revealed". MySpace. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Diablo Swing Orchestra: new album artwork unveiled". Blabbermouth. June 30, 2009. Archived from the original on July 20, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ "New Diablo Swing Orchestra and Whyzdom tracks online + pre-order info". Ascendance Records. July 7, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Diablo Swing Orchestra & Whyzdom pre-orders". Ascendance Records. February 11, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Diablo Swing Orchestra (January 18, 2010). "Petter Karlsson to replace Andreas Halvardsson as DSO drummer". MySpace. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Diablo Swing Orchestra parts ways with drummer, announces replacement". Blabbermouth. January 19, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Diablo Swing Orchestra". Brutal Assault Open Air. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  13. ^ http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/artist/diablo-swing-orchestra
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151425163395316&id=61680950315
  15. ^ https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=305872336149003&id=61680950315
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  17. ^ Monger, James Christopher Pandora's Pinata review. Allmusic.com. Retrieved on 5 May 2015
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  25. ^ https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=528364143862923&id=61680950315
  26. ^ https://www.facebook.com/61680950315/photos/a.10150598590430316.672691.61680950315/10154422415085316/?type=1
  27. ^ https://www.facebook.com/diabloswingorchestra/photos/a.10150598590430316.672691.61680950315/10158122883310316/?type=3&theater
  28. ^ a b "So the moment is finally here!". DSO's official facebook. July 12, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  29. ^ http://everdie.blogspot.com/2009/11/diablo-swing-orchestra.html

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