Metal: Year in Review 2010

Metal: Year in Review 2010
10. Dangers Messy, Isn't It? (Vitriol)
A new noise has emerged out of the Cali epicentre, spearheaded by sonic miscreants Graf Orlock, their label Vitriol, and Dangers. Messy, Isn't it? is the sonic equivalent of the suicidal shotgun blast to the face its cover promises. Combining metal, punk and hardcore is hardly groundbreaking, but what makes Dangers exemplary is the deft lyrical dexterity, caustic rants and song referencing of vocalist Al Brown; the precise playing of the band (including Graf Orlock's Jason Schmidt), expanding from the more linear hostility of Anger; and a barely controlled rage and misanthropy befitting their label's moniker. It may be messy, but it's beautiful in its brutality.
Christopher J. Gramlich