REVIEW(2): The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza – Danza IIII: The Alpha – The Omega [2012]

Artist: The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza

Album: Danza IIII: The Alpha – The Omega

Rating: 10/10



1. Behind Those Eyes
2. You Won’t
3. Rudy x 3
4. The Crossfire
5. Hold the Line
6. Death Eater
7. Canadian Bacon
8. Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox
9. Disconnecting pt 1
10. This Cut Was The Deepest
11. Disconnecting pt 2
12. The Alpha The Omega
13. Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
14. Don’t Try This At Home
15. This is Forever

With one of the most exotic band names ever, the mathcore tyrants of The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza present you with their fourth and last full length album.
I’m not sure how you’re supposed to tapdance to this barrage of groovy, guitar sweeping, chaotic, distorted and dissonant musical onslaught, all i know that it DOES make for some good headbanging.
Danza IIII: The Alpha – The Omega tries to combine all the best elements from previous albums and with amazing success,
its not an easy thing for a grindcore/mathcore sound to progress without losing some of the raw and chaotic tunes that make those genres so enjoyable, but The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza somehow found the perfect mix between complete chaos and a damn solid production.
Fans of the band’s earlier releases or just the mathcore genre in general have nothing to fear, this release is as filthy as a whore covered in hamburger grease and is just perfect for those relaxing sunday afternoon visits to your grandma (she will love you for it).

I fell in love with this album on the first listen, theres just so much to like: the eerie instrumentals, the head exploding screams and the bouncy riffs that will ensure that you wont sit still while jamming this, probably breaking some furniture in the process.
Vocalist Jessie Freeland gives you his entire contents of his lungs as his frenzied and agressive screams are the best ones to date, with themes ranging from friends stabbing you in the back, war and pretty much everything else there is to scream in anger about, you will want to destroy the nearest living thing in your vicinity, if not you will probably be to busy bouncing your head to the sick groovy instrumentals anyway.

With tracks like ”Behind Those Eyes”, ”You Won’t” and ”Rudy X3” following in succession at the beginning of the album, you will know The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza gave it their all while making this masterpiece.
Some of the best guitar work on the album can be heard on ”You Won’t”, with distorted and odd guitar shredding that massages and rapes your hearing at the same time and a trashy guitar solo to finish it all off, you will get addicted to this song faster than an alcoholic can get wasted in a liqour store.
Before you have a chance to let the awesome sink in ”rudy X3” fires off with some of the most enraged screaming that can be found on the whole album.

Clocking in at 54 minutes this is one of the longer albums i heard this year, with lots of interludes and instrumentals between the songs The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza tries to keep you guessing what the fuck is coming next.
The tracks ”Disconnecting Pt.1” and ”Disconnecting Pt.2” are probably the most random ones, with the second being no longer than 25 seconds it seems pointless to make it into a seperate song in the first place, but i guess you can expect anything from a band called The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza.
Another weird song that will make you scratch your head is ”Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid”, I dont know if it has some kind of deeper meaning or anything but to me it sounds like a engine slowly dying as you try to start it over and over.
Amongst the instrumentals that seem less random is ”Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox”, with the longest track length on the record The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza shows off all of their musical skill, and is one of the best instrumentals I heard in a LONG time.
chaotic, melodic and djenty guitars fuse effortlessly into one solid track then transcend into a peacefull and spacy atmospheric sound, then go back full circle and punch you in the stomach again with instrumental brutality.

As I just cant resist some good mindless chugging and deep bass drops, ”Death Eater” is one of my favorite tracks.
It can only be compared to a singularity slowly pulling you towards a black hole, fucking your brain to the point that it will claim your soul and leaving you violated and left for dead afterwards.
You wont have any time to recover from this massive clusterfuck of sensory inducing madness however as the relentless song ”Canadian Bacon ”is up next, which is officialy the most vile and disgustingly maddening brutal song The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza have ever produced, also it has the word Bacon in it, and bacon is awesome.

Whats better than one vocalist screaming to the sound of the bouncy and technical lovelyness that this album has to offer?
THREE vocalists ofcourse, these guest vocals are not done by some random dudes found at your local club either.
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza spared no expense and got the best of the best: Whitechapel’s Phil Bozeman and Despised Icon/Obey The Brave vocalist Alex Erian both appear on the title track ”The Alpha The Omega”.
In my eyes thats about as awesome as it can get, hearing these three fine gentlemen scream alongside eachother is like finding that legendary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
I felt a sadness while listening to ”This is Forever”, not because the song is bad but because its not only the last song on this album but probably the last song The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza will ever produce.
The groovy technicality and melodics slowly come to an end as the last 2 minutes consist of an eerie ambient sound that gets progressively slower, giving you time to realize that this is the end of a great album and a great band.

With only a few months left in 2012 Danza IIII: The Alpha – The Omega is yet another one of those late year surprises that nominates itself for that Album of the Year award.
Creating an album that surpasses all their previous efforts not only by combining all the best elements of earlier albums, but also creating new elements, I compare this album alot to the Ion Dissonance album ”Cursed” that is an equally good masterpiece of the same genre.
As I consider The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza to be one of the bands that made the mathcore genre popular, it’s sad to know that they are calling it quits, but atleast they went out with one hell of a bang.
I highly recommend buying this album if you’re a fan of any sort of extreme metal because The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza gives new meaning to that definition.

For fans of: Ion Dissonance, Dysphoria, War From A Harlots Mouth, See You Next Tuesday