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3.94 | 178 ratings | 5 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Voodoo Mon Amour (4:32)
2. Guerilla Laments (4:55)
3. Kevlar Sweethearts (4:25)
4. How to Organize a Lynch Mob (0:53)
5. Black Box Messiah (2:57)
6. Exit Strategy of a Wrecking Ball (6:02)
7. Aurora (5:05)
8. Mass Rapture (6:03)
9. Honey Trap Aftermath (4:15)
10. Of Kali Ma Calibre (4:25)
11. Justice for Saint Mary (8:17)

Total Time 51:49

Line-up / Musicians

- Annlouice Lögdlund / vocals
- Daniel Håkansson / guitars, vocals
- Pontus Mantefors / guitar, synth, Fx, vocals
- Johannes Bergion / cello, backing vocals
- Daniel Hedin / trombone, backing vocals
- Martin Isaksson / trumpet, backing vocals
- Anders Johansson / bass
- Petter Karlsson / drums & percussion

- Oskar Reuter / mandolin
- Lucy Rugman / clarinet
- Anna Melander / flute
- Elisabeth Jansson / horn
- Ekaterina Skidanova / oboe
- Diana Lewtak / violin
- Erika Risinger / violin, viola
- Emilia Wareborn / viola
- Michael Carlqvist / double bass
- Wictor Lind / timpani, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Peter Bergting

CD Candlelight Records ‎- CANDLE363CDSE (2012, UK)

2LP Back On Black ‎- BOBV345LP (2012, UK)

Digital album - bandcamp

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DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA Pandora's Piñata ratings distribution

(178 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by zravkapt
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4 stars This is the third album from this Swedish metal outfit, and the first full album I have heard from the group. I was surprised at how diverse their sound is on this album. What little I've heard from them sounded like a swing-influenced metal band with an opera singer. Granted, that is what they generally sound like but I was surprised, for example, at all the Middle-Eastern influence on this album; I wasn't expecting that. When they drift outside of the metal realm the results can be hit or miss. The lead vocals are a lot of the time done by a female opera singer but also non-operatic male vocals appear as well. The band now has eight members and there are a few guest musicians here as well. Besides your usual metal instrumentation, there is keyboards, wind instruments (mostly brass) and string instruments.

"Voodoo Mon Amour" starts the album with some metal swing (this is what I expected the whole album to sound like). Compared to some of the other songs this is one of my least favourite songs here. "Guerilla Laments" is a highlight. It opens with African style drumming...then goes into mariachi metal(?!). Nice vocal overdub effects. I've had the chorus to this song stuck in my head for days. Some of the drumming sounds Caribbean or Brazilian influenced. "Kevlar Sweethearts" is a symphonic folky ballad for the most part with some horn-laden metal at times. "Black Box" has a type of shuffle beat with fuzz guitar and techno synths. The singing here is at times weird: it sounds altered and in harmony but reminds me of Brian Johnson of AC/DC! One of the better songs, it should have been longer.

"Exit Strategy Of A Wrecking Ball" is a fairly straight-forward metal song with some cool spacey synths. Come to think of it with the male vocals here this almost reminds me of Muse. Just vocals and symphonic strings at times. Some brass shows up later. "Aurora" is basically just straight opera with some Middle-Eastern style music at the end. "Mass Rapture" also has Middle-Eastern influences, even the singing is done in a Middle-Eastern fashion. Nice mix of metal guitars and more spacey synths. "Honey Trap Aftermath" is basically some 1980s style white boy funk. Like "Aurora" I never really liked this song too much. "Of Kali Ma Calibre" is great majestic sounding symphonic metal. Some blastbeats here. Great drumming in general on this track. Just vocals and strings for awhile.

"Justice For Saint Mary" starts out as symphonic folk. A sinister sounding melody on strings later. That melody turns into metal at the end, just before turning into some kind of dubstep (?!). That last song really grew on me. A great sounding album with great performances. The music is diverse with lots of influences. Some songs I like a lot more than some of the other songs, so this isn't very consistent to me. A good album from 2012 anyway. My final verdict would be a 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Diablo Swing Orchestra offer up exactly what they imply in their bad name: they combine the devil's own metal with, of all things, the classic sepia-toned sound of big band swing, with a flair for the dramatic and a big sound to add a little orchestral gravitas. The cartoonish collision of disparate genres represented here certainly wins points for originality, though personally I found this album is diminished by repeated listens - once the novelty of their schtick begins to fade they offer a flashy cross-genre sound but not much emotionally resonant substance to give meat and long-term staying power to their music.

Latest members reviews

5 stars I have to admit...this band has flown by me these past few years. But thank the lord for relationships because they definitely bring in new music. I have to admit, when first hearing this band, one of my first thoughts was, "Oh luck...a gimic band." But, as I was shown more and more stuff from ... (read more)

Report this review (#1110761) | Posted by arcane-beautiful | Wednesday, January 8, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars [b]How To Organise A Musical Explosion[/b] It took me a while to fully swallow [i]Pandora's Piñata[/i] as an album. I may have occasionally mentioned the epic endeavour that I undertook last year to compile my list of best albums, resulting in an inevitable overplaying of the same 30 or 40 record ... (read more)

Report this review (#861998) | Posted by Gallifrey | Monday, November 19, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Third one's a charm Oh who are we kidding here? So was the first and so was the second, reason for which the Swedes from Diablo Swing Orchestra can safely be tagged as one of the most outstanding bands that came into being in the 00's. As one would probably expect, Pandora's Pinata came with a ... (read more)

Report this review (#781615) | Posted by Lizzy | Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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