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DISCO VOLANTE

Mr. Bungle

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.96 | 170 ratings

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Cygnus X-2
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Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Another excellent release from Mr. Bungle. Disco Volante expands upon the more hectic and insane sections of the first album, almost to the point of being too intense. However, it's when you look past all the changes in style and you look at what's really going on you can appreciate this album immensely. It's definitely one of the harder albums to listen to, but it's probably the most representative of what Mr. Bungle was about and what they could bring to the table (which was nearly everything).

If you listened to the first album and loved how the group could coherently change styles many times within one song, then you'll probably love this album. Nearly every piece explores so many different styles of music, from middle-eastern inspired rhythms. to death metal, to cheesy lounge jazz and even quasi-opera music. My favorite pieces on this album are the two 10+ minute pieces, The Bends and Merry Go Bye-Bye. The Bends is a twisting and turning piece that may seem boring at first, but is a perfect expression of avant-garde insanity that can grip the listener and take them on a brooding journey that will leave you gasping for breath. Merry Go Bye-Bye shows shades of what California would be like in the intro. Bubble-Gum pop meets crushing death metal never sounded so well conceived and well executed.

In the end, although being the most representative of what Mr. Bungle was, Disco Volante gets a lot of flak by purists for being a bit "too" out there. For me, though, I love this album, it's filled with great ideas, smooth (and rough) transitions from drastically different styles, and an overall consistent idea of what they wanted to achieve. I rank it equally with the debut. You can't really go wrong with Disco Volante (the title of this album was taken from a John Zorn song on his album Locus Solus for those who didn't know, by the way). Highly recommended.

Cygnus X-2 | 4/5 |

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