It's funny how this band has continued to survive, even given the fact that so few people can actually name a single song that they've ever done. D-A-D is a band that's most famous for having to change their name from "Disneyland After Dark" after being legally threatened by Mickey Mouse. That said, they had one album that was fairly successful, NO FUEL LEFT FOR THE PILGRIMS, and a long career of localized success in Denmark after it.
Back once again, and still stuck on the whole "Disneyland After Dark" motif, D-A-D do a play on lettering of their former name in their album title DIC..NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK. They may be stuck in the past with the name, but that doesn't take away from a very solid rock record from the band. Providing pretty solid hard rock with a stoner metal guitar sound behind it, D-A-D have created a moody, powerful disc that's well worth listening to.
As has always been the case, D-A-D is lead by the Binzer brothers - Jesper and Jacob. Jesper sings and plays guitar, while Jacob stays with the guitar. Both power most of this material. Songs like "The End" are some of the best work that this band has ever done. The brothers Binzer produce some powerful, fuzzed out riffs that would make any Kyuss fan smile over the top of a musical landscape closer suited to 80s mainstream rock music than traditional stoner metal. I know that's an odd description, but it works here. Other songs, like "I Want What She's Got" features a similar formula. The double dose of fuzzy guitar from the Binzer's works very well, although they are not limited to this sound. They go back to their more alternative guitar sound on songs like 'Fast On Wheels"; the sound that was most prominent on PILGRIMS. Their strength though lies in the heavier, stoner-like sound though. This is not more evident than on "The Place Of The Heart"; a song who's riff feels a bit like it was nicked from Black Sabbath's "Iron Man". For his part, Jesper Binzer is still as good a singer as he was when this band launched. His voice is still strong, clean and powerful at pushing an emotion to the listener. The band is rounded out by longtime bassist Stig Pedersen and drummer Laust Sonne. Both are solid, yet unflashy as they put down a thick foundation for the Binzer's to play over top of. In short, D-A-D has created a solid effort as they generally do.
PITRIFF RATING - 84/100 - While this is not the most memorable release you will hear in 2012, it's not bad on any level. D-A-D have always been one of those "yeah, I remember them" bands that created solid music, and they continue to be now. While the album title will hurt them, the music certainly won't. Solid stuff. Disneyland After Dark, indeed.