This is about as hardcore as punk can get without becoming metal. In 2007 Gallows introduced America to their sound on Orchestra of Wolves, and now it seems with their followup, they set out to show that they could be even heavier and angrier if they wanted to.
For the most part, this CD stays true to the Gallows sound. The raspy scream of Frank, which is getting even deeper and more terrifying, on top of sick guitar lines and killer breakdowns. Whereas the first CD experimented with a lot of different approaches to hardcore, this one is basically about how much they can shove down your earhole at once.
Noticeable changes are a bigger focus on gang vocals and lyrics that are much smarter in their simplicity. The main focus of the lyrics is Frank's frustration with his home country, making the name appropriate. The band does quite a few a capala bits in between the smashing intensity of their instruments, and there's quite a bit of repetition to make sure the...
Gallows In my opinion are the new Hatebreed.
In my opinion Warners funded a masterpiece, this may not be an album that is a commercial success, but it is brutal and true to the music and has live energy captured in the record.
The only thing that could be more brutal than the record is actually seeing them play live at Tjs in Newport, Wales.
There are classic songs on this record such as London is the reason and Misery. Compared to orchestra of Wolves the band has managed to produce a masterpiece. This may be under a major label, but they took the money, but did not sell their soul so this album is even better than the previous record.
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 Blackhole'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...
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