Tragedy – Disco Balls To The Wall
Release Date: 30/07/2021
Running Time: 57:55
Review by Beth Jones
I love funny stuff. I love tributes. I love disco. Three facts about me that I never thought would come in handy when combined. Turns out I was wrong, because New York City based Disco Metal band, Tragedy, require their listeners to like all three of the aforementioned things, alongside good old fashioned Heavy Metal. The latest release from this madcap bunch of loud shirted metal lunatics is “Disco Balls To The Wall”, a homage to that most energetic of eras, which utilizes a host of Rock and Metal genres to breath new life into some legendary dancefloor boogey classics. Everything from Abba to Bonnie Tyler put in an appearance, all with a new reimagined twist of tongue in cheek-ness.
This isn’t going to be a long review, because we already know these tunes inside out, from the number of times the original tracks have been played on radio station, at school discos and wedding receptions, and at every single office Christmas party the world over. So, I’m just going to give you my highlights – the ones where I found something clever and unexpected. But before I do, I will say that if you need something to listen to as a pick me up, you should just stop reading here and go and listen to it for yourself, because I can 100% guarantee it will do the job.
My first highlight comes early in the album, with ‘You’re The One That I Want’. Yes, it is the classic Disco Rock ‘n’ Roll track from the 1978 Hit Musical, “Grease”. But imagine, if you will, that Ozzy Osborne was playing Danny, and Black Sabbath were the T birds, and Gene Simmons was playing Sandy, with the rest of KISS as the pink ladies, and they decide to join forces and rebrand as Glam Punk for the choruses. That pretty much sums up this track, and really sets the tone for the rest of the album.
‘Raining Blood/It’s Raining Men’ is another comedy classic, which would be the obvious product of The Weathergirls getting absolutely monster drunk with Slayer and deciding to do a Christmas single Mash-up together but met in a middle ground that wasn’t quite as extreme or pop-friendly as either of the original tracks. Face-melting riffs next to disco lyrics. Classic!
‘How Deep Is Your Love’ gives more than a gentle nod to Rainbow, ‘Tragedy’ lives in the realms of classic 80s Hair Metal, and ‘Dancing Queen’ hangs about in Melodic Rock territory. Then, to close the album we get the high octane, Classic Heavy Metal of ‘Hot Stuff’…Genius.
Overall, a great album to just have fun to, and by God do we need that in our lives.
‘Raining Blood/It’s Raining Men’ (Official Video)
01. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
02. You’re The One That I Want
03. Evil/Baker Street
04. Stayin’ Alive
05. Sweet Caroline
06. Raining Blood/It’s Raining Men
07. How Deep Is Your Love
08. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
10. Total Eclipse Of The Heart
12. Dancing Queen
14. Hot Stuff
Disco Mountain Man – Lead Vocals, Lead Keyboards
Mo’Royce Peterson – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Andy Gibbous Waning – Lead Bass, Lead Vocals
Garry Bibb – Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
The Lord Gibbeth – Lead Drums
Lance – Towel Boy, Complete Idiot
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