If this band’s name isn’t enough to grab your attention, I don’t know what will. It’s felt like a long time coming since Danza III and it’s finally here… Danza IIII! (tally marks cause their too cool for roman numerals) The full album title being “Danza IIII The Alpha – The Omega”. Sadly, this is the last record that will ever come from The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. The members are splitting on mutual terms to pursue new and different aspirations. But does this final record live up to the hype and is it a worthy end for the underground mathcore legends?
No…. this record won’t disappoint you. Joshua Travis and crew have been hard at work raising the bar as usual. Every member of this band delivers in a big way. “Danza IIII” is everything you’ve come to expect from this band and some. Chaotic heaviness matched with jagged technicality, high level skill, creativity, and a raw sound keeping it all together. There’s actually some huge atmospheric and melodic work to be found within the mix too, suggesting further growth among the band. But there is still a definite fury behind the music. The album has various themes ranging from back stabbing, shit friends in “Rudy x3” to a tribute dedicated to the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in “Hold The Line”.
Every track on “Danza IIII” has something great going on, which is really good considering it’s a 15 song record. Some stand out tracks are “Canadian Bacon”, “This is Forever”, “Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox”, “You Won’t”, and “The Alpha / The Omega” among others. You should definitely find some time to give this album a listen or four (see what I did there?). Shit is superb.
I think very highly of this album, but objectively others may not. Some people will probably find themselves lost and confused by the complexity of the mind fucks found on “Danza IIII”. I honestly feel sorry for them but I know this record won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. They will hear a wall of loud noise where the trained ear hears an eclectic presentation of heavy, rhythmical goodness. Personally, I wouldn’t say this album has any critical flaws, just minor blemishes that are barely worth mentioning. But even some of those feel like they were done on purpose. This is a band with a quirky personality and they don’t hide it.
To wrap up the review, I would definitely recommend this to all Danza fans and any metal heads out there who love the technical side of things. Overall, this is a solid, beast of a release from The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. You can listen to a couple songs above if you haven’t already. Your ears will thank you. And if you dig the Tapdance Extravaganza, grab the album right here. Stay metal my friends \m/