I wasn't a fan of Gallows when they first appeared. But pretty soon I realised I was just stuck in that hypocritical funk of hating any band that gets successful, so I went and bought 'Orchestra of Wolves' to see what all the fuss is about. As a long time punk rocker and metal fan my response was lukewarm. It was a good hardcore record but nothing I hadn't heard before and better. Seeing 'Grey Britain' in my favorite record store I thought I'd take a punt, see if they'd grown. And boy how they've grown.
Grey Britain is not just a collection of songs like the previous album, but a work of art to be taken altogether. It's a portrait of a decaying modern Britain that many listeners will recognise. It's difficult to describe how immense this record sounds and I'm not goin to attempt it, but it's a world away from their debut. Yes it's still aggressive metal tinged hardcore punk, but it's far more focused, heavier, angrier and the use of classical elements is sublime.
For all it's nihilism it actually fills a long-vacant niche in mainstream music as a record that feels like it actually matters, and as such, perhaps by accident, leaves you (or at least me) with the naive thought that maybe society can be redeemed somehow if enough people wake up. Just don't ask me how that would work in reality.
Either way it's a powerful record that simply must be heard.