made tentative inroads toward age-appropriate rock on 2008’s politically charged Anthems for the Damned
but they throw all that away on its 2010 sequel, The Trouble with Angels
. A full-blown return to the grinding ‘90s, The Trouble with Angels
is all brickwalled guitars and vaguely menacing melodies supported by industrial rhythms given brawn by real drums. The real drums are a key here: the band doesn’t sound as sequenced and hemmed-in as it did in the past; there’s a messy, urgent pulse to the music. All the same, Trouble
isn’t that far removed from Short Bus
: Richard Patrick
hints as much by opening the album with “The Inevitable Relapse,” a winking nod that this album is a slide back to the unfettered angst of 1995.