Release Date: Jan 20, 2017
Record label: International Death Cult
The latest from former Gallows frontman Frank Carter proves that old habits die hard. Modern Ruin draws heavily from Carter's punk beginnings, as he infuses the swinging alt-rock with a myriad of punchy, gritty moments that punctuate the 12-song set. Relying on full-bodied guitar hooks, the choruses of songs like "Lullaby" and "God Is My Friend" soar, thanks particularly to Carter's singing voice.
A modern day punk revolution. There’s always been more to Frank Carter than wild-eyed, white hot fury – even if that emotion remains at the forefront of the former Gallows and Pure Love firebrand’s persona. One of UK punk’s defining figures, he moves into ever more surreal and experimental territory on this, his second album with The Rattlesnakes.
Ex-Gallows frontman Frank Carter is back with his Rattlesnakes and his second album of occasionally cockney-inflected, slightly swaggering rock and it’s highly likely his hordes of followers will lap this up. Lullaby, Snake Eyes, God Is My Friend, Jackals, Thunder, Real Life, title track Modern Ruin – the album is chock full of thundering tunes and monster riffage. It might be that is all you need.
Frank Carter has long been hailed the crown prince of the latest wave of UK punk, ever since he exploded into the public consciousness as the rabid and respected frontman of Gallows on their 2006 debut Orchestra of Wolves. Through various incarnations, it became apparent that there was much more to Carter than many gave him credit for. Hidden depths and musical leanings that couldn’t be catered to by Gallows’ abrasive and macho brand of hardcore punk eventually saw him parting ways with the band, citing musical differences after their somewhat sanitised major label effort, the ambitious but flawed Grey Britain.
FILE UNDER: End Of The World Blues ROCKS LIKE: Single Mothers, Slaves, the Bronx WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Veering between the bluesy rock ’n’ roll of “Snake Eyes” and “God Is My Friend,” the gritty suspense of “Wild Flowers” and the frenzied punk of the title track, Modern Ruin is the most fully formed record of Frank Carter’s career to date. The second album that the former Gallows/Pure Love mainman has made with this new band acknowledges his past while embracing his present, resulting in a compelling overview of Carter’s varied, layered songwriting skills. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Carter has never been one to mince his words or his message, and this album is no different.
A passionate comment on the migrant crisis, it throws up some seriously intense imagery inspired by some of the most upsetting headlines of recent times: “I see a baby lying face down in the tide / And I see thousands of souls begging for their f**king lives.” The sonics are just as powerful. ‘Lullaby’ chugs along like Black Sabbath by way of Dalston Junction, an updated take on the metal icons’ stoner sound. ‘Wild Flowers’ is furiously propulsive, a heavy, heady and yes, tortured, love song – but it’s not all rough and rowdy.