This is actually just as amusing as I expected and then not quite. I liked the previous album Lifetime Shitlist and the successor Dance Hall Grind is really not that different, but it tend to get a bit too silly and too much goofing around. The music is varied and it's obvious that the song-writing have improved further. The band appears to have lowered the pace a little and also cut back on the grindcore elements. Instead the groove has taken up more room in the soundscape. It suits the music fine and makes it all a bit more dynamic. Reading the lyrics is pretty entertaining too. They clearly proof that the band don't take things too seriously. All in all I get the impression that the four Japanese just love goofing around and doing their thing which I think is great. Again the band has chosen to do a cover-song. This time it's "Time Out" originally by D.R.I..
The vocalist sounds very giddy at times. Wonder if he's has been drinking a little too much sake during the recording? However the hysterical and frantic vocals don't seem to take as much space up compared to some of the past material. I didn't like the high-pitched screams too much on the past material and I also think it sort of pull the music down a little on Dance Hall Grind, but on the other side it also gives the band some identity. The quality of the songs vary, but I found "World Dun Hole" and "Everybody Has the Wet" to be worthwhile. Dance Hall Grind is an entertaining effort, but it do get a little strenuous after a while, but if you enjoyed the other releases from the Japanese then you'll most likely enjoy Dance Hall Grind as well.