Dangers
Anger


5.0
classic

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
July 17th, 2010 | 509 replies | 35,412 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lo and behold, you're still a scumbag

17 of 17 thought this review was well written

I think it’s clear that we’ve nearly exhausted all means of shock value. There’s not many routes a hardcore band, per se, could take on stage that would garner slack-jawed enthusiasm, and “offensive” has become significantly harder to achieve. Cutting yourself on stage? Richey Edwards beat you to it. Exposing yourself? Janet Jackson beat that dead horse into the ground long ago. Dangers’ Anger is an envelope-pushing bombshell that shocks with a scary sincerity and considerable amounts of testosterone. It serves as an archive of emotional pain and rage for the ages. Dangers stun with pure, unadulterated emotional frustration, intelligent lyrics the likes of you’ve never heard, and brilliant, little tweaks of hardcore punk that distinguish Dangers from their peers; and make no mistake, Anger is the soundtrack to the cynical, repressed psyche, the angst-ridden white, self-absorbed 20 year-old who knows all too well what it’s like to be “23 on Thursday.”

Anger doesn’t pull any punches. The heavyweight sways to and fro, delivering swift, thick uppercuts both politically and personally. The power doesn’t exclusively lie in the speed or skill inflicted with each wound Dangers delivers to the status quo or to Al Brown’s exes, but instead with the sharp underlying themes of, you guessed it, anger. Brown’s foray into both personal and political territory with his vigorous words so well-composed permits insight into the true perverseness of Brown’s world. On "Half Brother, All Cop," Al confesses with his constant, ear-splitting volume and vehemence that, “I don't love you. I don't even like you. What you do makes me abhor you,” and it holds just as much significance as his assertion that, “In my perfect world there would be no police. Yet we would still function in relative peace.” The poignant lines shamelessly blend the personal and political, turning what usually are solely universal or political issues like disillusionment with the music industry or disgust with law enforcement into intensely personal anthems. To execute this feat, Dangers don’t rely merely on hardcore’s usual implements. Dangers don’t rely on a specific weapon of choice to iterate their polemics, instead exuding their fury through a diverse array of tools, be it the horn intro of “War? What War?” the gang vocals, bass chugs, drum rolls, or poignant slower slower sections, the list goes on. Belligerent momentum builds from start to finish, as Dangers aurally assault unrelentingly.

The best part is, Dangers don’t give a fuck if you think Anger is a classic. Philosophically, the band’s somewhat cold, harsh demeanor coupled with Anger is a combination so deliciously self-indulgent yet impossible not to want to partake in. The band takes punk-rock and hardcore cliches in both attitude and music, invigorating them with sincerity and genuine passion that’s sure to cripple even the most toughened of ears. The multitude of cathartic resolutions reached on Anger truly separate the intense showcase of intelligent ferocity and ire, making Dangers’ first full-length one of the best albums of the decade.



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SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010



19701 Comments


feel a little bad about 2 reviews in one day... but I haven't reviewed in forever so sorry guys

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Skimaskcheck
July 17th 2010



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great work man, i still need to listen to these guys argh!

think you forgot to italicise “I don't love you. I don't even like you. What you do makes me abhor you,” that though? no biggie, just pointing it out

Bitchfork
July 17th 2010



7584 Comments


Cutting yourself on stage? Richey Edwards beat you to it..

In the second paragraph, you're very vague and choose to speak more about the band's political message than the actual music. And it's ironic that you "beat the dead horse into the ground" just as you seem to be disdained by its effect and proud that Dangers can beat it.

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010



19701 Comments


Bitch: thanks, I caught that period too... I'm confused as to what you mean with your last point though?


Anyways, thanks for reading both of yous

Slum
July 17th 2010



2579 Comments


Another great review, posity for you. Also italicize Half Brother, All Cop in the second paragraph to make it easier to read.

ConsiderPhlebas
July 17th 2010



6157 Comments


This sounds awesome.


Cool review, too. Love that first paragraph.

Bitchfork
July 17th 2010



7584 Comments


You make the same point a lot and after a while it becomes unnecessary; ironic even, just because your intro talks about how it's hard to shock nowadays. Shouldn't your review at least make an attempt to stray from the standard path because you show disdain for it?

Bitchfork
July 17th 2010



7584 Comments


Never italicize song titles, Eric.

Blindsided
July 17th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe I need to try this because I didn't really get their new album.

cvlts
July 17th 2010



8954 Comments


I was reallllllllyyyyyyyyy drunk........

SlightlyEpic
July 17th 2010



5780 Comments


eric I love you

cvlts
July 17th 2010



8954 Comments


This sounds awesome.

waitwut? youve never heard this before?

Satellite
July 17th 2010



20676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shouldn't your review at least make an attempt to stray from the standard path...

lolololol so says the plagiarizer.

Awesome review for an awesome album, Eric.

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Prolapse
July 17th 2010



4370 Comments


I listened to their new album and it was alright, i'll check this out soon enough

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010



19701 Comments


Bitch: like usual, I appreciate the thought you put into that, but I respectfully disagree with the criticism, sorry

everyone else: thaaaanks, I'll be back later, gonna go see Inception

Prolapse: idk dude, you know the vocalist here is black, right? haha

cvlts
July 17th 2010



8954 Comments


looked white as hell in an interview i saw of him.

qwe3
July 17th 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album fucking rules

Satellite
July 17th 2010



20676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He's like half black, I think.
[IMG]http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d197/tylerb1085/DangersAlBrownisasmartman.jpg[/IMG]

cvlts
July 17th 2010



8954 Comments


somethin like that. either way this is one of the first hardcore albums i heard that used the N word openly.

fromtheinside
July 17th 2010



17714 Comments


everyone else: thaaaanks, I'll be back later, gonna go see Inception

Movie rules sooooo hard.
this is good, but i still prefer messy. excellent review.

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