Gallows
Death Is Birth


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ali CONTRIBUTOR (131 Reviews)
December 5th, 2011 | 95 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gallows' more direct approach pays dividends.

Who’d have thought it? After losing Frank Carter, their colossal lynchpin and one of hardcore’s finest frontmen, Gallows may – whisper it – have got even better. Former Alexisonfire guitarist Wade MacNeil wasn’t exactly an obvious choice of replacement; For one, he’s never fronted a band of Gallows' ferocious ilk before, but perhaps more importantly the irreversible fact that he’s Canadian renders lyrics like “The union jack has bled away/ Its black and white and its ***ing grey” a little obsolete. Surprisingly, though, his addition has done little to curb the momentum which they kicked into gear with previous records Orchestra Of Wolves and Grey Britain, and shows that they remain a cut above the rest in the hardcore game.

As far as vocalists go, MacNeil’s screams are a lot more conventional than Carter’s raging bark, and so from that perspective the band has lost a large part of what made them so unique. Thankfully, though, the roots of their past achievements are still firmly planted in this EP’s four tracks, with MacNeil adopting similar vocal patterns to those that his predecessor mastered, as well as performing in front a similar barrage of hard hitting riffage. That’s not to say that the band’s musical approach hasn’t changed at all – there’s no “Vulture” or “Graves” here – as the quintet take a far more direct approach to their songwriting, with none of the tracks reaching the two-and-a-half minute mark.

"True Colours'" 36 seconds of chaos represented a blistering statement of intent upon it’s unveiling back in August, and it loses none of that woah! factor within the context of Death Is Birth. In fact, the other three tracks follow along relatively similar lines, with the closing title track in particular proving arguably their most intense recorded moment since "Orchestra Of Wolves." Indeed MacNeil's voice lends itself perfectly to the more spontaneous outbursts heard here, with the focus being less on sheer anger and more on packing a quick and efficient knockout punch. The new vocalist isn't the only member who excels, though, as the rest of the band also puts in arguably it's strongest shift yet. Guitarists Laurent Barnard and Seph Carter deserve particular praise, with their savage ensemble of riffs showing no signs of drying up and following-up perfectly to their vastly improved performance on Grey Britain.

In fact, the only aspect of this EP which could be said to disappoint is it's lyrics. As alluded to earlier, it wouldn't do to have a Canadian vocalist raging at the state of broken Britain, but generic refrains such as "Hey! Say *** the world/ I say it's already ***ed" are hardly any better and sound shallow by comparison. Of course bands change, but in this particular aspect it's a change for the worse, and you'd hope that it's an issue they'll address in the future. In fairness, though, that's more or less all that you can fault with this effort, such is it's resounding impact. Next year's touted LP will go a long way towards determining whether or not Death Is Birth is merely a false dawn, but on this evidence Gallows are continuing to go from strength to strength, and aren't missing their carrot-topped canon in the slightest.



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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


7401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also posted at http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

EP came out today in the UK today, it's out in the US tomorrow (I think).

FrankRedHot
December 5th 2011


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ummmmm...... review's good, but check your facts before you post one. Wade MacNeil founded, played guitar, and fronted Black Lungs.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


22034 Comments


ahh you got there before me

my review'll be up soon

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accompliceofmydeath
December 5th 2011


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn, didn't know this was coming out so soon. Will get.

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Nikkolae
December 5th 2011


4866 Comments


i'll stick to old gallows

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fr33convict
December 5th 2011


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Interested to hear this to say the least. Good review.

CasinoColumbus
December 5th 2011


340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The band that got me into hardcore with the singer from the band that got me into post-hardcore. Need this ASAP.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


7401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys


"Ummmmm...... review's good, but check your facts before you post one. Wade MacNeil founded, played guitar, and fronted Black Lungs."

Thanks, I'll fix that




vanderlyle
December 5th 2011


156 Comments


lyrics look deep

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


7401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you could say that...

Fugue
December 5th 2011


7354 Comments


Awesome this is out, gotta hit up that shit.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


22034 Comments


disappointment of the year ):

Fugue
December 5th 2011


7354 Comments


Yay for posting before reading.

Now I have done, this is a pretty good review Ali, although this line is a little awkward:

"For one, he’s never fronted a of Gallows ferocious ilk band before"

would look better as "For one, he’s never fronted a band of Gallows ferocious ilk before" in my
opinion.

tkxxx7
December 5th 2011


6153 Comments


he just forgot the word "band", obviously

Fugue
December 5th 2011


7354 Comments


Yeah, that's why I pointed it out.

CasinoColumbus
December 5th 2011


340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just finished listening and yeah, it's pretty good. Won't top old Gallows, but wasn't expecting that anyway. Can't wait till Frank Carter releases something with Pure Love.

Fugue
December 5th 2011


7354 Comments


Also I'm unsure whether the Gallows in that sentence should have an apostrophe or not, but I suck at grammar so I'll give Ali the benefit of the doubt.

Fugue
December 5th 2011


7354 Comments


Sometimes I hate my internet connection.

Fugue
December 5th 2011


7354 Comments


This is one of those times.

CasinoColumbus
December 5th 2011


340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ttttttttriple post. Oh yeah, forgot to say ur review's pretty good too. Will pos.



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