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Grey Britain [Explicit]

Grey Britain [Explicit]

20 Apr 2009
4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
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.
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I must admit i hated the gallows at first, when i saw pictures of them in magazines i thought they were just the latest bunch of pop punk brats!! how wrong i was, they were just what i was missing from my music collection angry, straightforward PUNK! a band that sounded as if it was pissed off,

and this is just what this cd "grey britain" is,, its about being pissed off!

The recession has hit britain and frank carter and the boys are truly angry and pissed off with the way britain as become, you can tell this as the album gets bleaker and more angrier and somewhat darker(or greyer as they put it) as the album goes on.
Having only been a fan originally of their singles, i went back and listen to the First album in full and now this and im still not dissapointed
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Not only is this album ground-breaking, innovative and constantly engaging to listen to, it does one thing that almost all hardcore bands absolutely fail to do. Through the riffs of this album, the screeching groans of frank carter ripping through the mix and the bleak, truly grey feel to every track on the album, Gallows built their own undeniably distinct sound. Few bands have pioneered in this way, the last that springs to mind being Refused on The Sound of Punk To Come, and you can really feel that gallows have poured their soul into this release. The album is constantly aggressive, pausing for breath in The Vulture for a split second before cannonballing back into a furious second half of the song. YES - THE ALBUM DOES HAVE A CONSISTENTLY SIMILAR SOUND THROUGHOUT. This does NOT mean that it is boring or repetitive, or that any one track is indistinguishable from any other. The lack of melody does NOT make it repetitive. This isn't a light album. It's dark, depressing, honest and absolutely brutal. Parts metal, punk and hardcore, it is an incredibly influential album for the UK music scene and arguably one of the landmark punk albums ever released.
Standout tracks are:
London Is The Reason
Black Eyes
The Riverbed
The Great Forgiver
Queensberry Rules
Misery

If you like heavy music, buy this album. Now.
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An Excellent Punk / Hardcore Album that is full of aggression, this is the album that Punk has been desperatley waiting for. The album has an acoustic track as well as a few melodic orchestral parts too (especially the last track), but not too much. You can see the similarity of this album with their debut album Orchestra of Wolves but this album pushes the genre a lot more towards punk without losing its agression. The album has elements that are typical of punk such as hooligan like vocals and shouted backing vocals, however it is not as in your face as their first album, proberbly because most tracks are at a slower speed.

The album has 13 tracks with many memorable parts, an album that proves that Punk isn't dead. I recommend this album to anybody with a full or even slight interest in hardcore / punk. 95/100
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Great album, if you like gallows you probably already have this, or want it regardless of my review, but if you like Mikey Cyrus then this probably isn't the right album for you, you were probably searching gallows to hang yourself, yay you!!
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By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2014
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2009's Grey Britain is the seminal sophomore album (and Magnum Opus) by the unique British Hardcore Punk band Gallows. It was their major label debut and final album to feature original singer Frank Carter.

It was released through Warner Brothers, who gave the band a substantial budget which allowed them to hire an orchestra, and despite now being beholden to a major label, Gallows somehow managed to turn in something nastier, more artistically relevant and furiously biting than anyone could want or expect. It was produced by Garth Richardson (of Biffy Clyro, Rise Against, Mudvayne, Sick Of It All and Testament fame) and featured guest appearances from Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil and Black Hole's Richard Carter.

The album, in terms of quality, is an absolute gem. The combination of monster riffs, savage and politically astute lyrics, passionate energetic performances and the great deal of variety and clever ideas make this album feel like an absolute classic.

Everything; from the crushing sludgy intro "The Riverbank," to the catchy "The Vulture" and the almost Mastodon-esque album closer "Crucifucks" this album is excellent. Pianos and string sections mix with Metalcore influenced breakdowns, ragged Hardcore power and some of the best lyrics going. Its all absolute gold. There is no filler, no weak moments and an absolute feast of memorable moments. Moments like the `beat by beat as the blows reign down' section in "Death Voices" or the ending to the anti-Knife Crime anthem "Queensbury Rules" are utterly unforgettable and really connect on a raw, gut level. When Frank venomously spits out the lyrics to "Misery" you practically fear for his life.
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