Gallows
Death Is Birth


2.5
average

Review

by fish CONTRIBUTOR (44 Reviews)
December 5th, 2011 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


It was always going to be hard for Gallows to relive their past glory. Even with Frank Carter, topping Grey Britain would have been a pretty exceptional feat. But after losing the unique aspect he brought to the band and the distinctive ‘Gallows’ sound that made them so recognisable and fantastic, it seemed almost impossible.

At least it can be said they tried. Rather than try to copycat Frank and spend years chasing their own shadow, they immediately hired ex-Alexisonfire vocalist Wade MacNeil- a complete contrast to the ‘British’ sounding Frank. Departing into a new musical direction seemed the wise thing to do for Gallows in order for them to continue their superiority and relevance in music.

Where it all falls down is in the execution. Because Death Is Birth, rather than a natural progression for the band, feels forced and artificial. It appears that the idea of ‘trying something new’ took absolute precedence over everything else, including actually making the music interesting and enjoyable. Gallows seem to have done everything to make sure their new sound was as far removed from their previous one as possible, completely compromising the quality of the music. Take, for example, “True Colours”. Not the original “True Colours” given away for free a few months ago in fact, but the rerecorded version that’s heard on the final version of the EP. The original version was incredible. The parts fitted in well, yet it was intense and enjoyable. Most importantly, it felt natural. Gallows were neither trying to rehash their earlier sound or force themselves as far away from it as possible, and in doing so proved that they didn’t need Frank Carter anymore. But for Gallows, this apparently wasn’t enough, because the rerecorded version is a completely different story. It sounds like they were trying to make it sound rawer, similar to the earlier hardcore punk of the 70’s and 80’s. But it leaves the song in a disjointed and dissonant mess, with practically no merit left whatsoever.

The rest of the EP follows in a similar vein, with admittedly noisy, but completely dull and uninteresting music. The songs are homogenous, short and aimless. After 7 ½ minutes the EP is over. Again, the impression is that the band specifically set out to make sure the EP remained this short, cutting it off before it has any chance to finish naturally or leave any real impact on the listener. On top of unnecessarily boisterous lyrics, you could almost say that Gallows are trying too hard to be a band they’re not. “Mondo Chaos” provides the (relatively) most enjoyable music of the EP, with an almost catchy riff, once more proving that Gallows’ sweet spot is to be found elsewhere from where they’re currently trying to force themselves into.

Whatever will follow for Gallows in the future, it appears that it may take them some more time to comfortably settle on a sound that will see them match their previous success. For now, they seem a little lost- pushing against the grain rather than follow a natural direction in which they have already proven they have the potential to write fantastic music again.



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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


22047 Comments


for context, I have grey britain as a 5

florence will make me feel better

Digging: Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


7424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review, can't say I agree though.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


22047 Comments


exactly how I feel about yours :p

fr33convict
December 5th 2011


11703 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to this now and am actually really liking it. It's no Great Britain but it seems really damn solid so far. Good review though. Have a pos.

Fugue
December 5th 2011


7354 Comments


Cool review, gives a real balanced perspective when combined with Ali's. Will still be listening though.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


24098 Comments


if I really really really didn't like Grey Britain, should I check this out? because

a) it's different enough that I might like it and
b) I love Wade McNiel

Digging: Mitski - bury me at makeout creek

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


22047 Comments


well give it a go. it's only 7 1/2 minutes anyway, it won't take long to check it out

Sanders
December 5th 2011


2361 Comments


Monstrous 3rd paragraph, but good review, pos. Might check this out, wasn't really fussed either way with Grey Britain.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


24098 Comments


it will for me, I have really spotty internet right now. I've tried three times to download the new Nujabes album tonight and my connection cut out each time.

i wont bother with this.

Pentagon
December 5th 2011


1998 Comments


Damn, I love Frank and the Gallows. Hopefully this isn't as bad as you say it is :/

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2011


22047 Comments


3rd paragraph is a bit disproportionately sized (gonna change that in a sec) and I couldn't be
bothered to think up of a summary

kieranll
December 5th 2011


23 Comments


Good review, I fully agree with it. I just can not get into this whatsoever.

Spec
December 5th 2011


27298 Comments


Was never a huge fan of this band anyways.

djunior
December 5th 2011


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I want my 7 1/2 minutes back.

Digging: Kairon; IRSE! - Ujubasajuba

Adabelle
December 5th 2011


4260 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

½? Cheeky.

Gonna check this out in like 5 minutes time..

Adabelle
December 5th 2011


4260 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Listened and as much as I tried not to, can't stop myself from thinking how much better it would sound with Frank. I mean, it's alright but yeah./

Satellite
December 5th 2011


20826 Comments


this sucks compared to everything with frank but it's not altogether horrible

ADemonicSloth
December 5th 2011


43 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Completely agree regards the rerecording of 'True Colours', it sounds pretty different and much worse.
Shame, that song got me quite interested in this.
'Mondo Chaos' is also very lame.
Average at best but I wont fully judge this band til a full length rolls in.

DatsNotDaMetulz
December 5th 2011


1918 Comments


Can see this band going the way of Sepultura when they got Derrick Green in place of Max Cavalera. I eagerly await Pure Love's music.

InFiction
December 7th 2011


3713 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Excellent review. Pos'd. I'm gonna listen to this soon, but I don't think I'll like it. Frank basically was the band - as bad as that sounds.



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