Dangers
The Bend in the Break


4.0
excellent

Review

by i want to mort. USER (13 Reviews)
October 16th, 2016 | 121 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not simply another exercise in anti-patriotism.

The hatred is back, guys. It’s obvious that over a decade into their career, the California-based hardcore band Dangers aren’t the same hateful kids that made the anthemic, unrelenting riff-fest with a ”*** everything American” attitude connect with the anti-patriotists on the 2006 album Anger, or even the more refined and thoughtful Messy, Isn’t It? following four years after it. Don’t get me wrong though, they are still bitter as hell. I mean, it wouldn’t be Dangers if they weren’t. The thing is though, the frontman Alfred Brown IV is in his thirties now so something is bound to change in the band’s songwriting, and their expression couldn’t be more on-point than it is on The Bend in the Break.

For those who were disappointed with the Five O’Clock Shadows at the Edge of the Western World EP released two years ago (and as far as I know, there were many of them), I have both good and bad news. The bad news is, the more melodic approach presented on that EP stays quite the same but on the other hand, as the songs on Five O’Clock felt a bit rushed and almost half-assed, this isn’t the case on The Bend in the Break. The band has always had their lyrical focus on dealing with the stereotypically shallow Californian culture and in this sense nothing has changed but their songwriting has still taken quite a leap forward. Lyrics like ”I used to want a kid. I did. And sometimes I still do. It’s true. It’s that selfish part of me that wants to share this road with eyes a lot like mine” aren’t something that would really feel at home on their past records. Dangers aren’t about the straightforward hate that made them a household name in the scene anymore. This is about regretting the past, this is a warning for the future generations.

As much as Dangers has matured when it comes to their lyrical content, the musical effort has got more interesting as well. This isn’t entirely anything surprising as both Messy, Isn’t It? and especially Five O’Clock showed an increasing amount of musical experimentation and this trend nothing but continues on The Bend in the Break. The music is still definitely heavy and driving for the most part but the listener doesn’t need to go any further than the album opener, ”Human Noose”, and its dark, even bluesy melodies to hear the development in Dangers’ sound and, in fact, it’s also quite possibly the best representation of the album’s overall sound. The band reaches a whole new level of melodiousness on the 5-minute (!) ”Loose Cigarettes” which might also be Alfred’s best vocal performance of his whole career. Speaking of his vocals, The Bend in the Break also provides a change in his tone in general as on this album his unrelenting shouts take a more strained, even suffering approach.

The production on the album is clean enough to well compliment the melodies but unfortunately doesn’t necessarily do justice to the vicious vocals which should be at the forefront of the music because after all, it’s really the always pissed-off and never apologetic lyrics that give the album its whole meaning. This time around though, it doesn’t seem like Alfred is mad at the America anymore, but more at himself. So here’s the lesson, kids: Don’t make the same mistakes he did.

We went dancing on graves, for days, ’til we had danced ourselves into that soil.



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Artuma
October 16th 2016


31314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first review in over a year, lemme know what you think about it



also i feel bad now because i kinda rushed into finishing it

Digging: Have a Nice Life - Sea of Worry

FullOfSounds
October 16th 2016


15772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

insta-pos because a rare art review.

FullOfSounds
October 16th 2016


15772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'll read this in a sec and give some feedback

FullOfSounds
October 16th 2016


15772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like how you describe the instrumentals in the third paragraph, nice job on that.



The last paragraph feels rushed and seems to end with no real conclusion.



"Don’t get me wrong though, they are still bitter as hell. I mean, it wouldn’t be Dangers if they weren’t."

Sounds a bit awkward in a review format.



Overall, great review dude

zaruyache
October 16th 2016


21606 Comments


http://www.wearedangers.bandcamp.com/album/the-bend-in-the-break-2

Digging: Blue Noise - Everyone Goes Away Eventually

Snake.
October 16th 2016


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

iz gud

Artuma
October 16th 2016


31314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the feedback fos, i'm not really happy with last paragraph either so might add something to it. considering the sentence you quoted, i don't honestly see anything wrong with that but thanks

FullOfSounds
October 16th 2016


15772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No prob. Yeah, just add a bit more to make it feels like a proper ending.



The personal pronouns in that sentence just feel a bit awk to me

PumpBoffBag
October 16th 2016


951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still not got round to listening to this.... looking forward to though.

solid review, welcome back art

Minnesota
October 16th 2016


409 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

joyce manorare heavier than these guys

Artuma
October 16th 2016


31314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no contest

Ashen
October 16th 2016


1470 Comments


"The bad news is, the more melodic approach presented on that EP stays quite the same"

oh man. i'll probably avoid this tbh. good review though have a pos

Artuma
October 16th 2016


31314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man. and yeah, if you disliked the ep i can't see you digging this too much either

Yotimi
October 16th 2016


7528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sweet, didn't know they had a new one coming out

botb
October 16th 2016


13391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the most unique hardcore record anyone will hear this year, which is of no surprise. This shit rules and Al is still on top of his game lyrically

owen
October 16th 2016


5147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is the most unique hardcore record anyone will hear this year, which is of no surprise.


you need to delve a bit deeper

kascetcadettt
October 16th 2016


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

straight world is fucking awful, i hate that song



i mean, i'm not a fan of kiss with spit either, but at least the song is ok



the gang vox are on point as always, album rules, prob will 4 it soon

kascetcadettt
October 16th 2016


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys lost all charm tbh

LewisShaw
October 16th 2016


320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The lyrics to Straight World are great though (just like everything this guy does)



Nice review, and I agree with most of the things in here





AsleepInTheBack
October 16th 2016


6057 Comments


good review. Looking forward to jamming this



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