‘Gallows’ Review (Hot Press)

18 10 2012

In a week or so I have to start putting together a list of my favourite records of 2012 for the magazines I write for and this bad boy will almost certainly be up there near the top.

Here’s a reprint of my review of the insanely good new Gallows LP that ran in Hot Press a few issues ago.

GALLOWS

Gallows (Venn Records)

Four and a half Stars

Key Track: ‘Vapid Adolescent Blues’

COME-BACK KIDS STILL THE KINGS OF PUNK

In many ways Gallows’ third record is a massive fuck you to anyone who doubted the band could continue delivering neck-bothering pit anthems in the wake of the departure of their iconic frontman Frank Carter. A snarling, scintillating slab of sonic violence that is so joyously abrasive it should come with a government health warning, new recruit (and former Alexisonfire man Wade MacNeil) effortlessly conducts the carnage throughout 11 tracks, invoking the likes of Poison Idea, Agnostic Front and Sick Of It All yet still sounding like their very own monster. There are numerous highlights on this incendiary release-‘Vapid Adolescent Blues’ is one of the best punk songs this writer has heard in years and ‘Everybody Loves You (When You’re Dead)’ is a riotous mash-up of Murder City Devils’ swagger and all-out smash-mouth hardcore, but pretty much everything is essential listening. Highly recommended.

EDWIN McFEE

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