Monday, October 10, 2005
Album Review: dios (malos) - release date 10/11/05
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - It took some convincing from my girlfriend for me to give this record a chance but I'm glad I finally did. About the only thing I knew about these guys was that Ronnie James Dio had sent them a cease and desist letter forcing them to change their name (what a douche). They went from dios to dios (malos). According to their website, dios (malos) is from Hawthorne, CA (home of The Beach Boys, Emitt Rhodes and Black Flag). Those three acts are very different, but elements of all three are on the new dios (malos) record.
Some of the songs have sunny, pop arrangements [Beach Boys] while others are mellow and piano or acoustic based [Emitt Rhodes]. Many of the lyrics are very bratty [Black Flag] and at least four songs mention drugs (Feels Good Being Somebody, So Do I, No Dance Now, and My Broken Bones). I've listened to this album about 20 times and songs are lodged in my head. My favorite tracks are: Say Anything, GRRRL, and My Broken Bones. Another eight tracks are very solid and the only song I tend to skip over is the instrumental, Tokyo Sunrise.
Download "Feels Good Being Somebody" - [don't judge the album by this track, it's one of my least favorite]
Buy the album HERE
See them for free at Amoeba this Wednesday
See them live at the El Rey on 11/19/05
Advice to dios (malos): Get a real website. I get it - you're brats with a goofy sense of humor. Your site is so incredibly annoying to navigate that any jokes are lost. I'm a big fan of simple, organized band sites. Check out my friends The Foxymorons for a good example of this. They have a bunch of free downloads and it's not bogged down with Flash animation or automatically loading music. While you're fixing your site, please call Radiohead and tell them to fix their site as well. It's even worse. Thanks.