Gallows
Gallows


4.0
excellent

Review

by fish CONTRIBUTOR (43 Reviews)
September 12th, 2012 | 30 replies | 1,815 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gallows “II” peer out of their nest, and jump

As far as British rock music goes, there haven’t been many recent events as controversial, as fiercely discussed and as divisive as the choice to replace Gallows beloved Frank Carter with a non-British vocalist. This was for sure a guarantee there’d be a change in sound, and so it seemed with last year’s Death Is Birth, a brazen and raw departure from the more varied and thought out sounds of Gallows’ magnum opus, Grey Britain. Unfortunately, the quality of Gallows’ previous albums was absent, generally breaking the hopes of those willing to let the “new” Gallows have a chance to prove themselves and apparently proving the doubters correct. At best, it created an even bigger division between the fan-base.

Less than a year on and Gallows are back with their first full length with Wade MacNeil. In hindsight, Death Is Birth seems more like a growing pain than a permanent tumble into mediocrity. Although they seem impatient to keep releasing new music under their new guise, Gallows seem to be growing up again faster than expected. Though a continuation of the sound marked on Death Is Birth, Gallows is a punchier, more interesting and overall much better release. The riffs chunkier and the vocals more dynamic, unlike the muddied distortion of last year’s EP, Gallows’ 3rd full length has succeeded in providing a pummelling collection of energy laden songs. It’s obvious that Gallows are determined to write heavier and sweatier music than ever before, and only now does it seem possible that more and more people might be tempted to join the cause.

Of course, that’s not to say Gallows isn’t flawed. Wade MacNeil still appears to be the weak link in the band- his monotonously gruff vocals and cringingly “macho” lyrics taking the backseat to the instruments, where the real quality lies. Guitar solos riding in sync to the music and the variations in vocals also provide something more to chew on, which Death Is Birth was never allowed. Between the background gang vocals, individual band members providing their own small parts or even the occasional times a female vocal has its part, they all, unfortunately for Gallows’ new image, steal the limelight from Wade MacNeil’s screaming. Though these heighten the overall quality of the music, they highlight this broken link in the chain.

No doubt some will still shun the new Gallows sound, but with Gallows, others may start to feel themselves being won over. The band’s songwriting ability is improving rapidly again but where it will go from here- plateau out, drop again or possibly, maybe even climb back up to Gallows’ golden age again- would appear irrelevant to the band. Because for sure, their determination to do and write what they want no matter the backlash will drive them forward no matter what.



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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012



21791 Comments


I have hope again

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty nice review, one or two places where the wording seems a little awkward but nothing too serious.

I was one of the few that enjoyed Death Is Birth, but I found this record to be a little underwhelming.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012



21791 Comments


Where exactly? I re-read things but it often sounds different in my head to how others read it.

Death is Birth was complete shit and I was certain this would be too.



greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2012



7365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. Pos'd.

I for one really like Wade's vocals on this.

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Spec
September 12th 2012



27153 Comments


Apparently this sucks.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012



21791 Comments


can't stand wade's vocals

the original True Colours is actually my most played Gallows song on my ipod, rather than any of grey
britain. I was surprised when I saw that, although I do love that song. They've yet to top it with
Wade though

Hep Kat
September 12th 2012



15352 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012



21791 Comments


ha

Eclecticist
September 12th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This doesn't sound right:

This was for sure a guarantee there’d be

Good review, pos.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012



21791 Comments


Odd, that sounds normal to me

Tyrael
September 12th 2012



20828 Comments


No no no no

good review though

KILL
September 12th 2012



71482 Comments


suk

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012



1864 Comments


I thought Grey Britain was a solid album, so this will probably be on my wishlist too.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012



21791 Comments


don't expect this to top it

Spec
September 12th 2012



27153 Comments


hi andcas what's the YouTube link of the day?

Spec
September 12th 2012



27153 Comments


Have you even seen a mountain?

Spec
September 12th 2012



27153 Comments


No you haven't.

taxidermist
September 12th 2012



7203 Comments


Hahaha, that link.

Spec
September 12th 2012



27153 Comments


You mean eh.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012



50116 Comments


Why do people like this band

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