Dangers
Messy, Isn't It?


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
January 9th, 2010 | 421 replies | 33,427 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dangers make diverse and technical changes to their sound resulting in their best overall record.

Southern California's Dangers represent a balance of heaviness and intelligence found in very little hardcore music today. Comparisons are pointless as the group neither strives for originality nor imitation. They just play music they feel should aid the topics they have written about. Dangers' previous record 'Anger' seemed to revolve around the ideas of cathartic resolution through mediated aggression. The band seemed to be aching to get across their views and judgements on a world gone awry. 'Messy, Isn't It' takes a different approach. Rather than trying to force their ideas upon the listener Dangers just lets them be known. The instrumental side of 'Messy, Isn't It' is also an improvement in similar ways. 'Anger' relied on tracks that were diverse, but pretty strict when it came to song structure. 'Messy, Isn't It' blends a penchant for untraditional song structures with a more sophisticated style of heaviness. The change in the musical side of Dangers is unsurprising as the line-up has shifted a few times since 2005's 'Anger,' most notably is the inclusion of Justin Smith of Graf Orlock fame on lead guitar.

Dangers overall presentation on 'Messy, Isn't It' is much cleaner and more carefully constructed than on 'Anger'. Perhaps the time between full lengths explains that change, as the band may have been working on some of these songs for years. Dangers has certainly sped up their sound with tracks like 'Check, Please,' which moves much more quickly than slower, expanding tracks like 'My Wonder Years Never Got Cancelled' from 'Anger'. That isn't to say that the band still doesn't also focus on the slower sound that defined their last record. 'Opposable' and 'Tarantula Type' both revert back to the slower sound of 'Anger'. The constant changing of tempo keeps 'Messy, Isn't It' from being repetitive and in general just makes it a much better listen. The one negative issue of Dangers' latest record is it still lacks the unbridled perfection of their live show. Is this necessarily an issue that can be tackled? No, but the point must be made that a band with as powerful a live show as this one should be able to piece together a great record at some point. As it sits now Dangers have two remarkably good records and one hell of a live performance. It seems plausible that is all they will ever need to remain one of the highlights of hardcore in the new decade.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2010



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this should be Best New Music fo srs

album's awesome

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

cvlts
January 9th 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy fuck. yes.

Chewie
January 9th 2010



4531 Comments


Eric's review is better.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2010



7315 Comments


I'm probably gonna check this out.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 9th 2010



4926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is best new music

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Relinquished
January 9th 2010



24485 Comments


oh really?

Roach
January 9th 2010



2149 Comments


goiid banbd

kitsch
January 9th 2010



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is awesome

Rationalist
January 9th 2010



880 Comments


Shitty review.

Comatorium.
January 9th 2010



4090 Comments


This is pretty damn good.

Comatorium.
January 9th 2010



4090 Comments


that album art is hideous though.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2010



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i predict between 30 and 40 for 2010

Roach
January 9th 2010



2149 Comments


album art is very graf orlock

theacademy
January 9th 2010



28271 Comments


....erib

scotish
January 9th 2010



835 Comments


which moves much more quickly than slower ... tracks

this is pretty much stating the obvious, but apart from that good review

joshuatree
Emeritus
January 9th 2010



3743 Comments


still haven't heard this

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 9th 2010



862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is greattt

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2010



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I prefer Anger but this is great

Maes
January 10th 2010



78 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is awesome

Transient
January 10th 2010



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

destroys, fucking keen for their australian tour in april/may/whenever



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