ALBUM: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Blossom

Release Date: August 14th 2015
Label: Kobalt Label Records


It doesn’t seem that long ago that Frank Carter was singing “I’m so sick of singing about hate” on the debut Pure Love single, ‘Bury My Bones’, but a sudden turn in his life means that those days are over, and the vicious, angry Gallows frontman that we cherish so dearly is back and more pissed off than ever. ‘Blossom’ is here to ensure everyone knows that Frank means business, and with a stellar backing band, including ex-members from Heights and The Ghost Of A Thousand, it’s a real homecoming of British hardcore talent over the last 10 years.

‘Juggernaut’ is instantly exciting as soon as Dean Richardson‘s guitar fires off, and what to come is predictably ruthless, although interestingly poetic and thought demanding throughout. Whether it’s the cowardly suicide bomber influenced ‘Paradise’, or the brutally open ‘Loss’, the songs clearly come from deep inside the soul and mean the world to Frank Carter. This is his outlet, and something that he wasn’t getting with Pure Love.

The anger flows through him as effortlessly as before, but his softer days haved worked to his advantage as the twang in his voice breaks into singing more often that you’d expect to hear on your every day hardcore record. With ‘I Hate You’, he has created a disgustingly beautiful anthem without breakdowns, shouting, or anything untoward. Simply by using his clever songwriting, vulgar lyrics, and effervescent personality, Frank has made what is surely the song of the year and the criteria for all of his future work.

Our first taste of the revamped Carter saw us sink our teeth into the brilliant ‘Fangs’ back in May, but surely even the least sceptical of us couldn’t have predicted that The Rattlesnakes would have the audacity to debut with such a strong record.

With so many disappointing reformations over the last few years, it would have been easy to write Frank off after paving his way down the pop route he chose. However, the recent hardships in his life and raw emotion and energy that he pours into his music allows him to create something that no-one else can quite muster. ‘Blossom’ reignites everything that made Frank Carter so great in the first place, and to have him back is a true privilege to British music.

Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)