Release Date: Sep 18, 2012
Record label: PIAS
Genre(s): Punk, Pop/Rock
This is how Gallows feels. Press play on track 1 and start running - not for medals or glory, not for health, not even for fun. Run because you have to run. Even if you physically can’t, even if you’re standing still, even if you’re lying on your back, head spinning from drink. As an ice-cold ….
GALLOWS play Lee's Palace tonight (Thursday, November 8). See listing. Rating: NNNN Though lead screamer George Pettit described Alexonsfire's breakup as "not amicable," the other members of the long-standing St. Catharines emo-core band haven't taken long to bounce back. Dallas Green tours arenas ….
After Gallows parted ways with singer Frank Carter over a differing opinion of what direction to take the band's sound, it was clear that some kind of change was on the horizon. That change comes to fruition on the band's third album, the eponymously titled Gallows. On the first album to feature new singer Wade MacNeil (formerly of Alexisonfire), the band's sound feels even more firmly rooted in the driving grind of Refused and Drive Like Jehu.
Review Summary: Keep on swingingWhat’s in a name? Everything apparently. The debate over which is better – Frank or Wade’s Gallows – rages incessantly on the internet’s intellectual hot-spots; Last FM pages and YouTube video comments. Luckily, the group gives their verdict in a typically defiant fashion. “Everybody loves you/when you’re f*cking dead” barks MacNeil on the similarly titled second track.
Pressure, stress, and adversity have broken countess bands over the years, but still others thrive when their backs are pinned to the wall. Following the sudden departure of frontman Frank Carter last year, English hardcore troubadours Gallows had a choice: Either move forward and try to build on their steadily growing momentum without their singer, or let Carter’s departure break them. The band’s 2010 sophomore effort, Grey Britain, had the bullshit-free hardcore band poised for a major breakthrough, so when they decided to soldier on with Alexisonfire guitarist Wade McNeil, no one could fault them for it.
Right now, all eyes are on Gallows. Following the highly publicised departure of their previous frontman Frank Carter, their first new offering to the world came in the form of the utterly punishing ‘Death Is Birth’ EP, but it’s with the release of their first full-length as a new entity that expectations are truly staggering.And rightly so, for it was with their first two albums that an injection of adrenaline was thrust back into the heart of UK punk and hardcore. Carter was heralded as an icon unto himself; a demonised bag of bones that left chaos and destruction in his wake.
Punk’s not dead – and neither are Gallows. Alistair Lawrence 2012 First things first: are they the same band? No, of course not. When Frank Carter left Gallows to concentrate on being one half of Pure Love, the Watford punks were relieved of an iconic frontman who, despite his love/hate relationship with the limelight, never lost his own voice and stage moves that a raft of imitators have stolen since.