After three and a half years, Dangerkids return with ‘blacklist_’, which, from the array of influences, seems to be the band’s shot at creating a unique metalcore release, combining classic metalcore elements with electronic instrumentation complimenting the heavy side to the album, featuring nods to far more melodic genres, and rap.
Lead single ‘Things Could Be Different’ shows the band mixing together plenty of inspirations into one song. Kicking the track off with a synth part drenched in 80s inspired darkwave and mellow vocals before heavy hitting guitars come in, at times proving dissonant as the song picks up attitude and pace, we see that Dangerkids can easily play more than one style of music. Mixing up the rest of the track are a poppy chorus and heavy verses, with a breakdown added in for good measure.
However, aside from the mix of electronics into the each part of the track, which more and more bands are experimenting with as of late, they don’t break any moulds, yet they do prove that they can pen a decent single, sadly failing however to grasp the catchiness they’re seemingly aiming for with the chorus.
Album opener ‘Kill Everything’ mixes in brilliant heavy instrumentals full of groove and grit backed up by synth parts lying low in the mix. The rapping over the top comes across as a disappointment, echoing in parts Hollywood Undead. It doesn’t really suit Dangerkids. However, the clean vocals in the chorus more than make up for this, and if the song were to have followed this structure, it would act as a superb introduction.
Title track ‘blacklist_’ combines stormy riffs, and a better example of talking over the instrumentals compared to the aforementioned ‘Kill Everything’. A brilliant example of how to mould differing sounds together with various parts to the song pushing heavy and softer music together, it’s a definite highlight; full of energy in parts and laid back emotion in others, this song can’t fail to go down well live.
‘Ghost In The Walls’ fares rather similarly well. Hosting a beautiful melodic intro, again showcasing the band’s great incorporation of electronic instrumentation, the track isn’t exactly heavy, yet driven guitars and rolling drums do compliment the atmosphere, vocals and synth parts. The track’s only downfall is the reappearance of rapping. Yet again it’s poorly executed, and, while it doesn’t feel out of place, the way it’s done brings down the whole tone of the track.
The remainder of ‘blacklist_’ features a rather similar vibe. Each song is its own piece of music, without any of it feeling like it blurs together – a testament to any modern band in a world where so many sounds and blends of different sounds have already been created.
Written by Dec Sherry (@decxsherry)
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