EP: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Rotten

Release Date: May 4th 2015
Label: International Death Cult
Website: www.andtherattlesnakes.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/frankcarter
Twitter: www.twitter.com/therattlesnakes

Rating:

Even given the admirable mainstream swerve of his post-Gallows project Pure Love, there’s little doubt that no matter any career musical U-turns, Frank Carter will always be foremost a punk icon. New venture with compadres The Rattlesnakes displays precisely why, with the Home Counties pitbull back on spectacularly aggressive form.

All filthy rock ‘n’ roll swagger and barb wire riffage, there’s certainly a hint of ‘The Orchestra Of Wolves’ early spittle here, offset by Carter‘s uncanny knack for a storming vocal hook. Indeed, for all the microphone throttling fire delivered here, there’s a certain sophistication and artfulness, a structural know how which sees tracks such as high point ‘Paradise’ as refreshing as it is spiteful (check out that “YOU COWARD FUCKING SCUM!” refrain).

It’s incredibly assured stuff for a debut release; its hefty stomp both shrewdly accessible and brimming with righteous anger. What’s most exciting, however, is that ‘Rotten’‘s three song offering nods towards a future of more rugged oomph from perhaps punk’s most important contemporary hero. A more than welcome return.

Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)