Dog Fashion Disco- Ad Nauseam
FFO- Experimental Metal, Avant Garde Metal
Dog Fashion Disco has been a band, at least for me, hit or miss. Some albums such as 2006's Adultery, was completely solid from start to finish, whereas some of the earlier work either either I loved, or just didn't grab me the way I hoped. With 2014's Sweet Nothings, it was a return for the bandthat had some great moments, but did feel likie a band trying to regarther it's bearings to find out where they wanted to go. Going into 2015's Ad Nauseam, I was hoping that now that the band is back together full time, that things would be getting into full momentum to help bring back what is so awesome about Dog Fashion Disco. Did they do it?
The album begins with the title track, Ad Nauseam. It starts off fast and has some 80s sounding synths. The chorus is layered with brass, almost giving the album of a 80's Dance Ska feel with Metal guitars. Last Night Never Happened starts with a slow Led Zepplin-ish drumbeat before kicking into an ominous piano making the song feel dark and creepy before kicking with a very upbeat chorus and getting predominantly heavier throughout. The lyrical content matches the music perfectly, very very creepy. Golden Mirage starts off with a piano riff that leads into a Big Band/Ska.Swing feel of a song. Think of the Dog Fashion Disco song, Pogo The Clown for a similar, yet different, vibe. Covered In Blood is without question the heaviest song on the album. It brings back memories of songs such as The Sacrifice Of Miss Rose Covington. A HUGE Slayer vibe is also apparent throughout. When played live, this will be the perfect circle pit song. Only The Haunted brings back a 60s/70s Prog Rock style and carries throughout the rest of the song. Lotion On It's Skin is a Brass filled horror song from the point of view of Buffalo Bill from Silence Of The Lambs (which is quite apparent given the title of the song). While the song isn't similar to Goodbye Horses, it does sound as creepy and happy...if you don't pay attention to the lyrics. Baby Bones once again starts with a lone piano riff and continues being a slower to mid tempo ballad. The song itself is slow, but the drums make it feel faster than it is. It begins to get a little heavier towards the end. Starving Artist is the final track and also the longest track on the album. It is the second heaviest song on the album starting off slower then gaining momentum with a bombastic, off time riff from everyone in the band. While there are lone Piano/vocal parts throughout, the song keeps up the chops of the proggy side of Dog Fashion Disco and at times, the side project Polkadot Cadaver. The second half of the song is a doomy, Sabbath style that helps end the song right before one final progression riff to end the album in a chaotic way.
At just 36 minutes, Ad Nauseam absolutely flies by and is quite the adrenaline rush of all senses, peaks, and valleys. While the album is not the perfect Dog Fashion Disco album, it is fantastic to have the band back full time and sounding as tight as ever. Any DFD fan can hope that Sweet Nothings and Ad Nauseam are just the beginning of what will hopefully be a lengthy return of the band we know and love, Dog Fashion Disco!
Dog Fashion Disco- Ad Nauseam available now via Rotten Records
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