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by AaronBatt USER (50 Reviews)
May 26th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 09/17/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A decent enough debut, but Dangerkids need a dose of variety...

Dangerkids is a band from Dayton, Ohio. However, they sound like they hail from a certain park. Yes, I'm referring to Linkin Park, if Linkin Park had gone post-hardcore. Almost everything else checks out. Band leader who raps? Check. Co-vocalist who sings and screams? Check. Electronic-heavy sound? Check. At times, Tyler Smyth's flow even resembles Mike Shinoda's. Andy Bane's clean vocals are deeper than Chester Bennington's, and his screams are more rooted in metalcore. Like Brad Delson, you can barely tell that Dangerkids guitarist Jake Bryant is even there at times.

The Linkin Park worship begins right away. "Countdown" opens with electronic crackle before Bane screams "let's go!" and Smyth's rapping begins under a beat made of hand-claps(!) before the noise comes together. "Light Escapes" is so Linkin Park it hurts, right down to the Linkin Park shoutout in the first verse by Smyth. However, to juxtapose the LP influence, songs like "We're All In Danger" has an almost pop-punk influence along with post-hardcore. "We're All In Danger" is probably the most straight-forward rock song here, along with "Fractions". Otherwise, the formula on Collapse is mostly electronic-driven verses and heavy choruses. "Hostages" is a textbook example, complete with chugging riffs in the pre-chorus. Admittedly, most of this sounds like what Linkin Park would do, and I can't dispute that.

My main criticism of Collapse is that it all starts to run together after awhile. Tyler Smyth and Andy Bane are good vocalists, but things start to feel predictable as Collapse goes on: rapped verses from Smyth with the occasional interjection of screams from Bane, followed by a clean-sung chorus. The music mostly follows the same suit: electronic-driven verses with guitar buried in the mix that lead into big-sounding choruses. The bass guitar as a result literally does not exist on Collapse due to all the other noises going on. The drums are compressed like a hamburger patty, pounding away on the hip-hop inspired beats without really going anywhere. I'll be upfront about it, the production on Collapse sucks ass. It's mushy as hell.

Dangerkids play a style of music that most people got over a decade ago, updated for the EDM age. To be even more blunt, the five members of Dangerkids literally sound like they grew up on Linkin Park's first two records. To call Dangerkids a nu-metal band would be a disservice to them, but they're certainly Linkin Park-esque. In an age where almost every band on Rise Records is playing some God-awful brand of 2nd-rate metalcore, it's nice to hear a band on that label doing anything besides that. However, what Dangerkids have chosen to do is something that frankly sounds dated, and they overdo it. Collapse is a decent enough debut album, but if Dangerkids doesn't add something to their sound to make them more unique instead of just being Linkin Park 2.0, they'll be destined for a career of playing second fiddle on Project Revolution tours.



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Futures
May 26th 2014


11729 Comments


Ok I get it they sound like Linkin Park. This isn't a comparison piece. Review the album not a comparison to Linkin Park.

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titanslayer
May 26th 2014


1904 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Does this sound like linkin park? I thought I heard someone say that it does

erizen826
May 26th 2014


594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Counted eight references to Linkin Park in this review. Listening to this now and I totally get the
comparison but I don't think you should have dwelled on it as much as you did.

erizen826
May 26th 2014


594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not gonna pos or neg tho.

ChoccyPhilly
May 26th 2014


7306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was actually a really fun album if you don't think about Linkin park when you listen to it. Countdown, Hostage and Cut Me Out are the best in the this

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erizen826
May 26th 2014


594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Finished this up. Decent enough album, probably worth a couple more spins.

TheGreatQ
May 26th 2014


1470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I tried to review this once but I talked about LP too much so I gave up

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erizen826
May 26th 2014


594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

After listening to this I now understand why there were so many LP references, so have a pos.

ChoccyPhilly
May 26th 2014


7306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree, but I don't think a review should deserve this many references

AaronBatt
May 26th 2014


113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It doesn't help that rap-rock is a pretty limited genre to work with anyways, so pretty much anything like this is gonna be Linkin Park-ish. I overdid with the LP references I know, but I expected a hell of a lot more from this album based on the hype it was getting. After I listened to this I felt like it massively underwhelmed. I like Linkin Park a lot but I'm not really a fan of their first two records.

trackbytrackreviews
May 27th 2014


1393 Comments


Wasn't there another review for this?

AaronBatt
May 28th 2014


113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It must've gotten deleted. I like to review albums that don't have any reviews yet on Sputnik and I didn't notice any other reviews for this record.

ChoccyPhilly
May 29th 2014


7306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hopefully these guys will also do a Linkin Park and abandon their current style for something completely different on their next LP!

TheGreatQ
May 29th 2014


1470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No they have to do one that's almost exactly the same for their second and THEN do something completely different to be like Linkin Park

ChoccyPhilly
August 1st 2014


7306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ugh, Hostage is so damn fun. Must say, when these guys do their sound well, it's so infectious



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