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As a rule, bands that have anything to do with black metal are not known for irony. They take their obsession with the dark side quite seriously, which is definitely a contrast to the irony and sick humor that early grindcore/death metal bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Carcass were known for in the early 1990s. But Dance Club Massacre is a rarity: a band that has both a strong black metal influence and a decidedly ironic approach. On Circle of Death, the Chicago-based outfit offers a blistering yet atmospheric mixture of black metal and death metal that gets a lot of musical inspiration from the Scandinavian extreme metal scene. But unlike most of the well known Nordic black metallers — unlike, say, Gorgoroth, Marduk, or Dark Funeral — Dance Club Massacre come across as very tongue in cheek. Circle of Death thrives on a mixture of horror themes and decadent, hedonistic sex/party lyrics, and there are definite parallels between Dance Club Massacre's over the top goofiness and the shock antics of GWAR, Carcass, Haunted Garage, and Cannibal Corpse; those who get the joke won't find originals like "Have You Ever Chopped a Wolf?" and "Ode to the Barracuda" to be genuinely disturbing. And anyone who doubts that Dance Club Massacre have a wild sense of humor should check out their nutty 26-minute version of "99 Bottles of Beer," which is a hidden track at the end of this 60-minute CD. "99 Bottles of Beer" drags on about 20 minutes longer than it needs to, but it's still funny and entertaining (if self-indulgent). Matter of fact, the entertainment value is consistently high throughout the memorable Circle of Death — excesses, self-indulgence, and all.


Formed: 2004 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Formed in Chicago, the five-piece metal band Dance Club Massacre pride themselves on their more lighthearted lyrics (which often address going to parties and drinking) as opposed to the generally more serious words of other thrash groups; something, however, that is hard to decipher from the screams of vocalist Nick Seger. Originally conceived as a project between Seger and good friend Kurt Latos -- who combined keyboards and synthesized drums with harder sounds -- in 2004, the duo soon added Mitch...
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