I’ve recently been exposed to Diablo Swing Orchestra, and it’s an interesting idea. Adding crunchy metal riffs to swing music works better than I had imagined, but there’s one small problem. For some reason, only the first track actually sounds like swing. The rest of the album sounds like typical symphonic metal. The whole album has operatic vocals, including the otherwise cool first track, and I’m not sure I could enjoy a whole album of swing metal with that vocal treatment. You can download their first album using the provided link and see for yourself. I also listened to their second album and it follows the same trend of first song being swing metal and the rest of the album being symphonic metal. It makes me wonder if the Swing part of their name is a gimmick that can’t be sustained through the whole album.