'Dance Devil Dance' was recorded in the Swedish wilderness, far away from all the perceived glamour of the big city and modern studios. Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Mr. Bungle, Crobot, Stone Sour, Amon Amarth, Uriah Heep etc.) returned as producer. He first worked with Avatar when he mixed 'Hail the Apocalypse', a role he reprised on 'Feathers & Flesh' before taking the wheel as producer on 'Avatar Country' and 'Hunter Gatherer'.
"You always hear bands say, 'This is our best album yet.' Ths is our best album yet. It is Avatar at our most laser focused, at our most razor sharp. There's no BS, no extra fat. Every track is a weapon and has a purpose. It's all in the title, as this album is our angriest, horniest and most spiritual release, all at once. It's a must-hear," the band says.
"With grit and sheer force of will, we made the music the only way metal ever should be done. Modern metal too often becomes homogenized by everyone using the same drum samples and pre-sets for guitars. 'Dance Devil Dance' is the sound of our bodies in motion, and nothing else. It sounds hard because we play hard. It's loud because we are loud. Every band knows the challenge of capturing the rage of a stage performance on tape. This time we succeeded. This album bleeds black blood, bludgeoned by the road."
"We are a metal circus. The road is our home. 'Dance Devil Dance' mirrors all the madness of this world and worlds beyond. It’s celebration of the ugly and a challenge in the face of all things deemed beautiful. Metal should make you move. Metal is music for the body. We don’t know when it happened but it seems that at some point recently, most of the world decided that this music was best enjoyed sitting down. This is a great tragedy and it must be rectified. Why have drums, why have bass, if people don’t move their feet?"
1. Dance Devil Dance
2. Chimp Mosh Pit
3. Valley of Disease
4. On the Beach
5. Do You Feel in Control?
6. Gotta Wanna Riot
7. The Dirt I'm Buried In
8. Clouds Dipped in Chrome
9. Hazmat Suit
11. Violence No Matter What (Duet with Lizzy Hale)