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Old 11-16-2008, 10:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dog Fashion Disco – Adultery (2006)

The Uninvited Guest
The Sacrifice of Miss Rose Covington
Silent Film
Sweet Insanity
Desert Grave
Moonlight City Drive
Private Eye
The Darkest Days
Dead Virgins Don't Sing
The Hitchhiker
100 Suicides
Adultery
Mature Audiences Only

It’s hard to fault a band when they do so many things right, and the Baltimore avant-garde metal act did just that with their final album. Easily the best produced of the bunch, Adultery swings between metallic romance and sheer craziness. Steeped in cataclysmic guitar and swirling polyrhythms, Dog Fashion Disco made sure that their exitlude was well-orchestrated. Elements of hardcore, jazz, electronica, and lounge music can be found throughout the concept album. However, it went virtually unnoticed by the majority of critics and metal circles alike: it was far too unusual for critics to digest and much too sundry for the metal community to accept. But from an outsider’s perspective, the album was sheer gold – in all its eccentricities.

Upon first listen, Adultery seems like something out of a Frank Miller graphic novel. Violence, lunacy and sex (oh my!) permeate the album. While it begins like a child’s story, the harsh reality of Adultery’s violent clash of convulsive guitar and bizarre lyrics soon takes over. A perverse narrative illustrates the iniquitous passion found in rape, murder, and yes, adultery. Todd Smith’s vocals – hauntingly reminiscent of Mike Patton (ex-Mr. Bungle) – propel the album from beginning to end. But that’s not to say that the album is devoid of instrumental talents: guitarist Jasan Stepp builds a massive sound while not being overbearing, and John Ensminger’s exceptional skill on drums echoes right through the album.



At times in Adultery, Dog Fashion Disco sounds far too polished for an avant-garde metal band; the inventive pop hooks in “Sweet Insanity” and “Darkest Days” just make DFD sound like a clever version of Avenged Sevenfold. Don’t let it fool you for a minute, because these lyrics are as nefarious as they come, and there isn’t a soft spot to the album. Discreetly accessible, Adultery resounds with polyrhythmic tracks like the imaginative “The Sacrifice of Miss Rose Covington,” which builds with intensity and vigor as an aural assault. The gyrating guitar riffs and heavy vocal attack draw a portrait of insanity for Dog Fashion Disco’s cache.

Adultery is punctuated with the occasional soft-spoken narrative – a whimper of insanity from within a well-arranged story. Todd Smith is at his best, illuminating the life of a man who undergoes exquisite self-destruction, but it comes with a price; “Private Eye” is nothing short of a pornographic tale of utter sadism. Needless to say, the majority of the songs in the album are sonically and aesthetically appealing, yet still frightening to behold. “The Hitchhiker” chronicles an episode of roadside execution and provides fantastic imagery: “Lone hitchhiker I'll paint the highway with your blood / In the morning light no one will recognize you.” In the title song, the album provides an epic saga of the main character’s life: a portrait of sin, lust, and adultery. Distorted electronics give way to a vocal chorus, drawing an immeasurable representation of the album as a whole:

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I'm falling in love with the thrill of the kill and at this
Masquerade you're the clown and criminal
I will be the devil in your land of make believe
Tell me how the view is down there on your knees
Although Adultery received a lukewarm reception from critics (and a decidedly cold one from fans), it is Dog Fashion Disco’s strongest foray into mainstream music while retaining their unique candor for songwriting. Todd Smith is at his best, and the instruments throughout the album are performed better than ever. As a concept album, Adultery paints a dramatic depiction of the psychosis of a man ordained for self-destruction.

Favorite Tracks: “The Sacrifice of Miss Rose Covington”; “The Darkest Days”; “The Hitchhiker”; “Adultery”

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Old 11-17-2008, 01:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good review, well written with a consistent tone and a balance of overview and specific detail. Along with the youtube track you've definitely convinced me to look into them.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Dog Fashion Disco are the shit. If metal heads want to think they are diverse then they should give DFD a spin. What I like is the fact that the Jazz and lounge interludes are not just there for the sake of it. They are well composed and add great texture.
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Dog Fashion Disco are the shit. If metal heads want to think they are diverse then they should give DFD a spin. What I like is the fact that the Jazz and lounge interludes are not just there for the sake of it. They are well composed and add great texture.
Indeed. I remember you mentioning that you only owned Committed to a Bright Future. Adultery is a far stronger album. I suggest you pick it up.
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Indeed. I remember you mentioning that you only owned Committed to a Bright Future. Adultery is a far stronger album. I suggest you pick it up.
I've had 'Anarchists Of Good Taste' for about 5 years but only this year got 'Commited'. I will definitely have to pick this up too.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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They broke up, didn't they?
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A few months after the album was released, yes. They've had reunion shows since then to promote new releases, but they haven't worked on any new material and it seems as if they've put the project to rest.
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A couple of members started the band Polkadot Cadaver and released an album last year which is basically DFD-lite. Shame.
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Todd Smith and Jasan Stepp, I know. I haven't checked it out yet as I already feared the worst.
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Yeah. Don't bother. It's not awful but it's instantly forgettable.
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