Dangers
5 O'Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World


3.0
good

Review

by Smitty Werben Jager Manjensen USER (2 Reviews)
January 18th, 2014 | 44 replies | 3,560 views


Release Date: 03/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I come here to watch the planes as they come and go/she smogs my air and salts my sea and reminds me that I’m home."

Just barely clocking over the 12 minute mark, this 6-song EP comes and goes quickly with a fierce strike on your neck and leaves you on the ground before walking away for more people to attack.

This time, the sound has been stripped a little further; There are no extra effects, no samples, no sax-interludes, etc., just the four band members doing what they know. That said, some tinkering has been made; According to the band, "The record is, we hope, a midway point between everything we have done and where we intend to go", and, while Dangers have never exactly re-invented the Hardcore genera (Nor do they need to), they do have clear signs of a desire to move forward (If the huge jump in sound between Anger and Messy, Isn't It? wasn't proof already), and while the advance here isn't massive, it is there; The sound of the riffing now generally feels somewhat more dense and metallic through out the first couple of songs, while the drumming has received a good increase in complexity and speed. Meanwhile, the lyrics retain the almost-poetic nature found in Messy, but are generally less ambigious this time around. However, the biggest moment of the album, for better or worse, lies in its title track. As the longest track in the album, it begins with a somewhat alternative rock-y riff (That also sounds slightly reminiscent of the intro riff from "Smells Like Teen Spirit") before Al enters with his increasingly cryptic lyrics before the rest of the band explodes in. The verses are slow moving and held together by Al's wailing voice while the guitars take over during the choruses with their catch-y riffing, marking one of Dangers' few uses of the regular "Verse-Chorus-Verse" structure. It has a strangely old-meets-new feel to it, which adds up to the number of references towards many 90s-to-70s artists who in some way or another helped shape punk, perhaps signifying that the song is a homage to the older days of punk and rock.

The rest of the EP, for the most part, stays as a small deviation from business-as-usual coming from Dangers, but, if you are a big fan of them (Like I am), that is all you need to be satisfied: Another relentless and down-to-earth beating that makes you want to fuck shit up everywhere in your room. And that's all you could ask for. At least, for now.


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Gwyn.
January 18th 2014


15071 Comments


~~~quick wagging~~~


Stream: http://wearedangers.bandcamp.com/album/five-oclock-shadows-at-the-edge-of-the-western-world

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2014


6448 Comments


Good stuff. Obviously not as good as Anger, but I'm glad with any stuff they put out.

Nice little write-up too.

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Gwyn.
January 18th 2014


15071 Comments


I listen to Messy more these days, but that's probably just because it has more content and its newer to me since I was obsessed with Anger for months before checking.


And thanks bro.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2014


6448 Comments


Messy... is at times just that: messy. Whereas Angers is just non-stop relentless rocking stuff. The latter gets my preference anyday. But really, all their work is great.

Gwyn.
January 18th 2014


15071 Comments


I can see that, but I believe that is part of the appeal to me, the more chaotic nature of its sound makes rawer to me. But I definitely think it's a bit too long.

But yeah, I like all of their stuff basically.

Hep Kat
January 18th 2014


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is awful doe

adr
January 18th 2014


2510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great ep

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XingKing
January 18th 2014


10563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not sure how I feel about this EP. It's somewhere between a 3 and a 3.5. The lyrics are fantastic but a lot of the music doesn't hold up, especially the god awful title track

HenchmanOfSanta
January 18th 2014


1865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nothing here hit me the way the songs on Anger and MII? do. Also I felt like something was wrong with the production but it might just be me.

TheNexus100
January 18th 2014


2522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

disappoint

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pmmets07
January 18th 2014


5872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yep awful hep totally a 1.5. way to go against the sputnik grain, you're really sticking it to the
man.

Scoot
January 18th 2014


17749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so disappointing

at least we'll always have anger

pmmets07
January 18th 2014


5872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Got to see them play 2 of the new songs today and they sounded way better live than on record. But this ep is real solid. Some of the new vocal stuff Al is doing is kinda goofy but I like the fact that they're changing it up a bit.

sniper
January 18th 2014


19049 Comments


review is okay, haven't heard this yet but ratings itt are not reassuring.

Gwyn.
January 18th 2014


15071 Comments


To be completely honest I would probably dislike this if it wasnt' for the fact that I've become a bit of a fanboy for this band.

sniper
January 18th 2014


19049 Comments


yeah they are one of very few hardcore bands that still makes me salivate over the idea of new material, i'll have to stream this later.

Gwyn.
January 18th 2014


15071 Comments


If you're as big of a fan as I am then you'll most likely be satisfied, but probably not much more.

sniper
January 18th 2014


19049 Comments


btw this review isn't bad but it reads like you wrote it really fast, some of the sentences are just inarticulate. i would also split up that big middle paragraph at the point that you start discussing the title track.

Gwyn.
January 18th 2014


15071 Comments


I did wrote this really fast, mainly because there isn't a whole lot to say.

I'll re-read it and probably do that later

sniper
January 18th 2014


19049 Comments


yeah just wanna make sure i explain what i mean by 'okay'



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