Written by: MST on 13/01/2012 08:42:14

It's time for a break from all the extreme metal I usually review, because Denmark's premiere rock band are back with a new album. D-A-D have consistently put out record after record of quality rock music, but I rarely listen to their albums from start to finish because there are usually as many fillers on the records as there are hits. So when I approached this record I wasn't expecting a masterpiece, or even anything as excellent as "No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims" from 1989. But as has been repeated in my last couple of reviews, having low expectations is not always a bad thing, because when great albums catch you off guard you may end up being even more impressed than you ever thought you'd be.

I should probably start by explaining the strange title, because "DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK" only makes sense if you know at least a tiny bit about the band already. D-A-D is short for "Disneyland After Dark", which was the name of the band during its first decade of existence. But because of legal threats from a certain company that makes movies and has a couple of theme parks, the band were forced to change their name. The new album's title is a way of saying: "We're still the band we were 30 years ago, and nothing is going to stop us." And it would be a shame if D-A-D changed, because their sound is so ridiculously good. From the raspy and often high pitch vocals through the catchy riffs that characterize the choruses in songs like "Last Time In Neverland" and "Drag Me To The Curb" to the softer "Fast On Wheels" (a new "Laugh'n'½" for me) and the ballad "Your Lips Are Sealed", "DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK" is packed full of great rock tunes.

"A New Age Moving In" greets the listener with groovy guitar riffs and a chorus that stays glued to one's mind long after the song has stopped. And those, the catchy choruses, are a recurring theme in this opus. Like on all D-A-D records there are songs that don't really add much to the record, and I think leaving one or two of the weaker songs out of the 12-song record would've improved the overall impression. But each and every song has a catchy and often very powerful chorus and some good melodies that make up for the few uninteresting verses in songs like "The End" (worst verse and one of the best choruses on the record in the same song) and "Can't Explain What It Means". And some of that catchyness comes in the form of great sing-along-friendly choruses in fantastic tunes such as the lead radio single "I Want What She's Got" and the powerful and catchy "Last Time In Neverland".

I could continue mentioning the awesome songs on this album, but I have to conclude on my blabberings at some point. D-A-D aren't reinventing the wheel on "DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK", but they've proved that even after 30 years they're still at the top of their game by releasing a record that smites the last couple of mediocre records to the ground. D-A-D are as relevant as ever, and this new opus is a testament to that.


Download: A New Age Moving In, I Want What She's Got, Fast On Wheels, Last Time In Neverland, Breaking Them Heart By Heart, Drag Me To The Curb
For The Fans Of: Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Magtens Korridorer, Foo Fighters
Listen: Last.fm

Release date 14.11.2011
Sony DK

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