Downtown Battle Mountain review by Dance Gavin Dance

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  • Released: May 15, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (38 votes)
Dance Gavin Dance: Downtown Battle Mountain

Sound — 9
I first heard the song "Backwards Pumpkin Song" on someones myspace. They had various songs in their player, all of which were ace. I downloaded there album a couple of weeks later. To be honest, it absolutely blew me away. Dance Gavin Dance are a six-piece post-hardcore band with two incredibly competent guitarists, a bassist, an extremely good drummer, a screamer for the vocals and another quite fantastic singer. There sound is so rich and full. The only band I can think of as being slightly similar in sound would be someone like Alexisonfire or Underoath. Guitars widdle wildly in ridiculous speeds, time changes are abound but the rock steady drumming means you never feel remotely lost. The screamo vocallists line is extremely good, more deep roaring than the sort of bizarre emo squealing that most bands can come up with, and the vocal singer has a massive range and is very good at holding notes and leading.

Lyrics — 8
The dual vocal attack means the lyrics are given extra vehemence, but it's the lyrics themselves that really capture the spirit of this band. "Just let it show (Rest where you ought to be) (Block out your misery) I'll bring you far (Wait for the call) Well I'll go for it (You left in the hallway) I'll beg you when you know (People they change) (And I would still be ashamed)." With the brackets being the screaming line, lyrics like these fill the album. The shouts cutting through sound amazing and the sheer anger behind them propel it with extra derision. The singer is brilliant and the screamer has a unique voice, making this a very enjoyable side of the music

Overall Impression — 9
This debut LP from Dance Gavin Dance captures the energy of there live show very well, and also shows just how technically competent they are, whilst never sounding generic, a trap many post-hardcore bands fall into. An excellent debut and guranteed to win them a bigger fanbase. I just hope they hurry up and tour this side of the pond!

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    i heard dance gavin dance on myspace, they are awesome. i am going to buy this cd soon
    I do love that screamed vocal "people they change, and I would still be ashamed to let the weight of the world rest on your shoulders" incredible album. must check out their EP Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean