dangerkids
Blacklist_


4.5
superb

Review

by Shamus248 USER (74 Reviews)
January 27th, 2017 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dangerkids return after a near four year hiatus and maintain all the momentum they had before.

The year is 2014. I'm attending the Vans Warped Tour. The hot son is impeding me as I stand in line for the Crown the Empire signing. A good thirty feet away, an underground band by the name of Dangerkids is performing on the Kevin Says stage, attracting a large crowd and giving what is by far the best performance I witnessed that day. I went home a fan of this group and almost immediately fell in love with their album Collapse. As months turn to years, I patiently wait for the group to release new music, or at least announce it. A month into 2017 and Dangerkids is finally back with their follow up effort, Blacklist_.

Formed in Dayton, Ohio, Dangerkids are a post harcore, metalcore and electronicore hybrid cut from the cloth as bands like Linkin Park. What separates Dangerkids from many bands who emulate Linkin Park is they bring an immeasurable amount of energy, both to their studio work and their live shows. The blueprint for their catalog is quite simple; rapped verses, sung choruses, screamed verses, etc. But the group's adrenaline is not only perfectly suited for this Linkin Park mold, it actually gives new life to it. Blacklist_ is everything that made Collapse an exciting and fulfilling release, while shedding the inexperience at the same time.

Opening track "Kill Everything" begins the album with some eerie guitar distortion which segues into a rapped opening verse from frontman Andy Bane. The mid-tempo verse doesn't offer a seamless transition to the slow-tempo chorus, but the execution is flawless and impossible to argue with. The album's title track offers some hard hitting riffage from Jake Bonham, some solid drumming from Katie Cole and plenty of throaty uncleans. "Inside Out" sees some spit polished cleans from Bane and is a great example of how his vocals have improved since Collapse.

Lead off single "Things Could Be Different" and "Nothing Worth Saving" feature more free flowing rapped verses and strong sung choruses with surprisingly good lyrics about change and self worth. "Crawl Your Way Out" is arguably the most melodic track on the album and features more well rounded cleans from Bane. Though almost all of the aforementioned tracks are derived from the rap-metal popularized by Linkin Park, these tracks carry a ton of weight and energy that leaves the listener feeling galvanized in spite of the rather somber lyrical content.

"Ghost in the Walls" is another melodic hard hitter with intense drumming, audible bass and smooth clean vocals. Acoustic album closer "Invincible Summer" brings Blacklist_ to an end on a considerably more somber note, but the mid-tempo riffage, high production value and strong singing from Bane make it a treat for listeners. Needless to say, Blacklist_ is more than just a solid sophomore effort from Dangerkids. This is their breakout release. It outperforms Collapse by doing everything Collapse did right, while doing nothing Collapsed did wrong. A fantastic album all in all, particularly one that I hope is the catalyst for this group's rise in the near future.



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bentheREDfan
January 28th 2017


497 Comments


This sounds right up my alley. I need to check this.

Shamus248
January 29th 2017


415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Do it man. shit is fucking awesome

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Snide
February 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album rules

betray
February 23rd 2017


9391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wish i didn't like this

Snide
March 18th 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Why not? This album rules.

transgoggle
March 20th 2017


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'd say this is the best nu-revival album yet

goblinilbog
April 20th 2018


671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some really cool songs on here.

BlackMalachite
July 9th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is still awesome.

DreamAgain
August 24th 2018


869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fucking love this band and I ain't afraid to admit it. They are a few years too late from being a worldwide phenomenon though. Better than LP.

charlie15
September 13th 2018


153 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

previous album was waaaaaaaay better



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