Danko Jones is back with their sixth full length CD in 2010! Ever since the new Broken Teeth CD, Viva La Rock, Fantastico! came out (on which Danko Jones sings on two songs), I have been looking forward the new Danko Jones CD. If you have never listened to the band before you will be in for a real treat with Danko Jones latest effort, Below the Belt. It seems with each and every release Danko Jones have been clawing their way towards the top. The band’s latest effort Below the Belt, is packed with high-energy, infectious rock & roll that will definitely keep this journey going for Danko Jones.
If you are easily offended, you may want to skip the album opener, “I Think Bad Thoughts”. Danko Jones comes storming out of the gate with a song with some not so subtle bad thoughts. For everyone else, you will be probably get a kick out of this song.
I can’t ever get enough cowbell, and “Active Volcanoes” gives me a lot. This song is an upbeat fun tune that I am going to play a ton! I absolutely the AC/DC flavored riffs of “Tonight is Fine”. This is another great tune, and ought to be another single.
You may not want to drive while listening to “Magic Snake”. You may find your self with a few speeding tickets if you do. This high-octane rocker has one of those great hooks that will suck you in every time. “Had Enough” does a good job at keeping the energy of this album going. Something about this song reminds me a lot of the alternative metal band, Helmet. It is another good rocker.
“(I Can’t Handle) Moderation” has such a fast pace that it almost has a punk like vibe to it. If this one doesn’t get you on your feet jumping around, their may be no hope for you. “Full of Regret” (see video below) is the first single off of the CD, and it is already taking off on rock radio stations everywhere. This is quickly becoming one of our favorites on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show! The riff on this song is absolutely infectious.
With “I Wanna Break Up With You”, Danko Jones may have crafted the ultimate theme song for divorce courts across America. You have to listen to it, to understand why.
I have listened to Below the Belt a few times now, and I can’t wait to see Danko Jones perform these songs live. If Danko Jones live show can match he energy of Below the Belt, it will be a very powerful and rockin’ experience. This is a fun CD, and one that I have been enjoying quite a bit. Don’t miss out on Below the Belt. It is available in stores now!
Rating: Out of 10
1. I Think Bad Thoughts 3:31
2. Active Volcanoes 3:35
3. Tonight Is Fine 4:20
4. Magic Snake 3:19
5. Had Enough 3:42
6. (I Can’t Handle) Moderation 3:03
7. Full of Regret 3:57
8. The Sore Loser 2:59
9. Like Dynamite 3:14
10. Apology Accepted 3:29
11. I Wanna Break Up With You 4:55
Danko Jones are:
Danko Jones – vocals and guitar
John Calabrese – bass
Dan Cornelius – drums