Rather than counting down the days until we can celebrate Christmas, this year we’re bringing you a series of metal posts will be celebrating the countdown until we don’t have to be inundated with Christmas music and decorations everywhere. To coincide with this countdown we’ll be posting our top 25 metal (and metal-ish) albums of 2012. 25 days of hell, 25 rad metal albums to make up for it.
Danza IIII: The Alpha – The Omega feels like a rather fitting close to an era. Eight years and four ballistic albums made for a pretty interesting ride for The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. The combination of Joshua Travis and Jessie Freeland has proven time and time again that there aren’t many acts that can create such acute, furious music. Back once more with the borderline atonal guitar noodling and intensely precise rhythm, Danza IIII features some of 2012’s most egregious displays of musicianship. Joshua Travis delivers another herculean effort with his acrobatic guitar work on tracks like “Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox” for example. Travis’ counterpart in the aggression department, Jessie Freeland also really comes through strongly on , delivering Danza’s most well thought-out lyrics yet with the same ferocity that got them noticed from the beginning. Though the makeup of the band has changed and evolved pretty heavily over the years, Danza’s quality hasn’t suffered at all. Danza IIII really is the band’s crown jewel and about as good of a swan song as a band could hope for.