The musical style of Sweden’s Diablo Swing Orchestra is pretty hard to pin down, since it lives somewhere in the netherworld between gothic metal, grand opera and swing jazz… and the band’s tale of their mythical 16th-century origins muddies the waters even more. But whatever you want to call them, you can’t argue they’re unique, imaginative, and maybe a little crazed. After a long wait, their new album Sing-Along Songs For the Damned and Delirious is nearly ready for the outside world… the real question being, is the outside world ready for them? Find out more after the jump!
The band has just posted the demented cover art for Sing-Along Songs, the follow-up to their successful debut album Butcher’s Ballroom. The CD is now scheduled for European release this September, with the North American date to be announced shortly. The cover art comes from celebrated Swedish artist Peter Bergting, whose graphic novel Gängkrig is currently ranked #1 on that country’s best-seller list.
According to the band’s announcement, the new material has all the ingredients that made Ballroom tracks like “Balrog Boogie” a hit with adventurous fans, but they claim to have taken those themes in even stranger new directions.
UK-based label Ascendance Records will be releasing the CD in three editions: the standard 4-panel digipak; a special 8-panel version with a bonus DVD which includes concert and documentary footage and other goodies; and a “very special” edition (only 300 copies pressed), available only via mail-order, which contains a pendant, art postcards and stickers. You can get all the ordering details from the Ascendance MySpace.