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TRAGEDY – Disco Balls to the Wall – Album Review

On 30th July, Tragedy’s latest record hit the stores.  It’s what you’ve come to expect from the founders of Disco Metal – yes, you are hearing me right: Dave Grohl and the Dee Gees are only newcomers on the scene.  Whilst this record is not officially a best of, it does consist of songs that have been previously released by either the band or one of its members – with those who have seen Tragedy on one of their most recent tours able to recognise all the tracks.

The album starts with a bang with their version of Abba’s Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).  From the awesome intro to the sweet guitar, you are hooked.  The metalization/Tragedy treatment of this classic works beautifully, and it’s hard to listen without turning the volume up to eleven. 

Hot on its heels is You’re The One That I Want.  Starting with a dark Sabbathesque guitar intro, you’re drawn in and, when the chorus starts – sung at twice the normal speed and in a manner as dark as the intro – it’s hard not to join in.  

Next up is Evil/Baker Street.  With an intro so different it takes a good 30 seconds before you realise what it is, epic drums, and the use of guitars to replace the saxophone solo, what’s not to like?

Photo Credit: Michael Blase

This album is filled with Tragedy classics.  From the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love and Tragedy, to Abba’s Dancing Queen via Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart, their ability to turn disco/pop classics into metal masterpieces means you can’t help but turn up the volume and sing along.  With some great guitar licks and even better drum rolls, there’s at least one song for everyone, and if there isn’t more than one maybe you need to listen again – and start with Total Eclipse of the Heart (or maybe Skyfall if you don’t already know all the lyrics to the Bonnie Tyler classic).

Disco Balls to the Wall is available now on CD, coloured vinyl and digitally.

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