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1.0 out of 5 stars The Grey Album, 14 May 2009
This review is from: Grey Britain (Audio CD)
When Orchestra Of Wolves appeared from nowhere some 3 or so years back, Gallows had given hardcore punk the kick up the arse it had needed for yonks. This band sounded fresh and full on. They had a magic 19 year old tattooed beat messiah maniac of a frontman who wasn't scared to speak his mind or show that loveable vulnerability in his voice and it has to be said wee Frank Carter spoke kind of maturer for his tender years. They made such an impression on the music scene, major label suits from Warner Bros soon came calling and signed them for a whopping £1 million, surprising considering the state of the present music scene and also the kind of music Gallows had to offer.

And so to Grey Britain, i was really looking forward to this. When Gallows were signed by Warners the 1st album was re-leased with 2 new tracks, my personal favourite "Black Heart Queen" and "Sick of being sick". Great tracks with a slightly more ballsy metal edge to their sound. These 2 songs i thought were a taster of what was to come,they were catchy without losing any of that Gallows bite.

With producer GGGarth from Rage Against The Machine's first outing on board. How could it fail ?

Well it hasn't quite failed but its not that great either, abit poor in fact. Although very bleak and full on it doesn't quite cut the mustard. Carter's vocals are hoarse and gruff which would normally never bother me but the thing that attracted me to the sound of the debut was his furious yell, so out there infact i thought he was gonna jump out my speakers, but this time around the vocals are way back in the mix and the whole package just sounds angry but tired and the songs just run into each other with nothing to distinguish one track from the next with little melody in any of the songs to pull you back for another listen. On their 3rd album maybe they should get the original producer back and pay some attention to their songwriting, because no matter what kind of genre your band happens to be in, the songs have to be good. For any fans of todays hardcore just check out Architects new release Hollow Crown.
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2009, 16:17:57 GMT
architects aren't a hardcore band, while hollow crown utilises a lot more hardcore in the mix than their previous two lp's, its still at heart a metalcore album.
i agree with you in some respects, this isn't all i wished it would be after a 3 year wait either. a lot of the songs sound like black flag tracks, not bad nad thing per se, but 30 years on, coming from a band that showed so much promise with orchestra of wolves, i expected more. i think 1 star is a little harsh, and the album as a standalone would make a good bridging point for anyone with an interest in looking into uk hardcore, and it does have some good tracks on it, 3 stars would be more approproate.
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