Gallows
Death Is Birth


2.0
poor

Review

by James Grant USER (14 Reviews)
January 25th, 2012 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's just not the same anymore.

I feel sorry for all of Gallows' fans. Like many, I felt that Frank was the heart and soul of Gallows and was the ultimate driving force behind them. With 'Grey Britain' proving to be one of the most angry and impressive hardcore albums I had ever heard, 'Death is Birth' was going to take some living up to on that reason alone. Also, when Gallows announced ex-Alexisonfire vocalist Wade Macneil as their new frontman, my skeptical state of mind was only increased. However, when I clasped my ears on the first release of this EP, 'True Colours', I was pleased to see it was sharp, brash and downright entertaining. It was a new style and new sound from Gallows that I had never heard before and it thoroughly impressed me....until I heard the EP in its entirety.

The reason why 'Death is Birth' ultimately fails is due to its repetitive and 'been-there-done-that' style. 'Mondo Chaos' begins promisingly enough, but then when the childish lyrics of ex-Alexisonfire front man Wade kick in, the song soon spirals into a world of boredom and predictability. That's not to say that Wade's vocals are unimpressive because they aren't, they are, in fact, the complete opposite. However, it is his overall lyrical approach which is rather unappealing. As mentioned earlier, the opening line of 'Mondo Chaos' "Hey, say *** the world" is definitely something I wouldn't have found myself singing in the Carter era of Gallows. This applies to the title track and also 'Hate!Hate!Hate!', there's just no 'wow' factor within them. Therefore, most of this EP screams the word 'unoriginal' and only gives Gallows fans more to groan about.

Though 'Death is Birth' is mostly a boring and infuriating affair, 'True Colours' is the true gem which saves this EP from being a complete waste of time. The song is a brilliant tour-de-force of emotion and Wade, especially, shows his worth. It's just a shame that 'Death is Birth' doesn't have more songs like 'True Colours' as it delivers on every level; not to mention the Every Time I Die-esque powerhouse riff which makes the song so enjoyable.

Ultimately, 'Death is Birth' is a failure and only supports the point further that Gallows is still searching for something in the absence of Frank. The potential is definitely there, but they seem to be caught in some sort of limbo with this EP. It's definitely not terrible, but it's definitely far from enjoyable.

Recommended Tracks:

'True Colours'



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Adabelle
January 25th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, have a pos.

BigPleb
January 25th 2012


36644 Comments


Thanks man, hopefully my reviews are growing stronger.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2012


21963 Comments


I pretty much agree with what you're saying

thunderpcats
January 25th 2012


26 Comments


Glad to see I'm not the only one who thought this EP was disappointing.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2012


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review's ok, but there are a few grammar mistakes such as this one...

"one of the angriest and impressive hardcore albums"

I'm among the few here that actually likes this.

BigPleb
January 25th 2012


36644 Comments


Its not to say I dislike Wade, cos I enjoy Alexisonfire and his vocals are enjoyable. Its just he's not the right man for Gallows.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2012


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also the "its" in the summary needs an apostrophe.

BigPleb
January 25th 2012


36644 Comments


Thanks for pointing out those errors.

Adabelle
January 25th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Still don't understand how you enjoyed this that much. I don't even think I've listened to it since the week it came out?

BigPleb
January 25th 2012


36644 Comments


Each to their own, sorry to go off topic here but I am stoked for ETID's new LP.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2012


15990 Comments


Nice review. I checked out True Colours and liked it but the rest of the EP is shit.

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BigPleb
January 25th 2012


36644 Comments


Thanks for the feedback.

someguest
January 25th 2012


20563 Comments


band has always sucked

greg84
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's too short for me to rate it, but I think this is good.

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iFghtffyrdmns
January 25th 2012


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good review.

i definitely enjoy this though... yeah it's missing frank, but I don't think that it's all gone to hell because of that.

InFiction
January 25th 2012


3660 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Great review, I completely agree with you.
I thought True Colours was great when they first released it, but the rerecorded version (the one on the EP) sucks.

InFiction
January 25th 2012


3660 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh yeah, I pos'd too.

asaf
January 26th 2012


885 Comments


Gallows are overrated hipster hardcore

^^^ this

BigPleb
January 26th 2012


36644 Comments


@iFghtffyrdmns
I can see where you're coming from, the sound of Gallows is still present here, in some places. It just doesn't feel right without Frank, however

BigPleb
July 15th 2013


36644 Comments


Still don't like this.



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