"First Touch" (Self-produced; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

Sweden's Danger return with their fifth and certainly most accomplished demo to date. It includes six songs, but really only three new offerings. The opener, "First Touch," is sort of a Motley Crue by way of Crashdiet sound. It's mid-tempo sleaze glam rock that's fairly simple and straight forward, but they have a decent break where they change things up a little and show more control than they have in the past. 

"Miss Money" is perhaps a little more upbeat and more along the lines of most of the other material I have heard by Danger. It's short and to the point, but fun enough as it's got a simple yet memorable chorus. Again it's mostly like Crashdiet with maybe a pinch of Motley Crue and a dash of Faster Pussycat. 

The third track, "Hey You," was the one that impressed me the most and perhaps the one song here where they really made the best attempt at defining their own sound. It has strong melodies and a fairly exciting main riff as they take the music and bend it to their will this time around. Just a very solid, likable track with everyone really contributing to the overall sound. 

The other three tracks are "California Red," "Shove It" and "On The Run." All are good songs that were released on previous demos and, although they are supposed to be remixed here, I can't say that I hear a great of difference from the original version. However, the focus here is the three new tracks and, while the band overall may not overwhelm you, they have certainly gotten tighter and the production is a little better. 

Danger is not going to blow your mind, but their biggest strength is that they are steady and consistent. Every song I have heard from this band has at least been good so that's a major plus. I'm not sure that will be enough for them to emerge from what is a fairly competitive field in their country right now, but I hope they get signed because they seem to be growing on each demo. I would be interested to see what they can come up with when they get the chance to do a full length album.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/bestdanger

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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