Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes
Sticky


1.5
very poor

Review

by Simon K. STAFF
October 15th, 2021 | 26 replies


Release Date: 10/15/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sticky? More like Stinky, amiright?

It’s hard to believe Sticky comes from the same guy who fronted seminal hardcore classics Orchestra of Wolves and Grey Britain, as well as the Rattlesnakes’ ferocious debut album, Blossom and, to a slightly lesser extent, their excellent follow-up, Modern Ruin. In fact, it’s pretty darn depressing when you sit back and think about how far the Rattlesnakes project has declined in quality in just six years. Of course, I called out Frank’s perfidious gambit as far back as Modern Ruin’s release. Despite being incredibly proficient at making albums with a particular flare and inimitable broiling rage – one that inarguably draws people to his projects in the first place – his heart just hasn’t been into that style since, arguably, Grey Britain: the album that made him turn his back on the festering hardcore he’s known for, in favour of the short-lived vanilla rock project, Pure Love. But that’s a story you can read in my previous Rattlesnakes reviews. All I’ll say here is that in hindsight, Blossom’s hardcore-tinged comportment was merely bait used to cause waves, turn heads, and get old fans flocking to his new project; because the fact of the matter is, if Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes had started out with Sticky, the band would be sitting in the gutter along with this album.

So, what exactly is Sticky? Well, essentially it boils down to Frank and Dean doubling down on the soporific and lifeless elemental style of End of Suffering, only now it has flat seventies-styled punk riffs coupled with some of the cringiest lyrics and vocal performances of Frank’s career. If you thought the duo had learned a thing or two since their middling third record – hoping to see them steer course and deliver something with the bare necessities of what a Rattlesnakes album should have – you’re going to be bitterly disappointed here. Indeed, Sticky is cut from the same cloth as End of Suffering, the distinction, however, is made apparent by the superfluous synth and goofy, arbitrary aesthetics. It’s like a cross between Sex Pistols and Electric Six. Actually, maybe the combination is a shade hyperbolic, but it’s hard to really gauge what they were going for here. There’s a lot going on but none of it gels well together. Tracks are riddled in weird samples, inane backing vocals and guest spots, and there’s a strange incoherence present throughout the entire record.

I don’t take this stuff lightly either. Blossom is a near masterpiece that balances his former years with Gallows and this new infectious pop style of writing; similarly, Modern Ruin hits the sweet spot with his Pure Love vision, whilst being self-aware enough to maintain Rattlesnakes’ abrasive side, thereby giving out just the right amount of thrust from those two things. Hell, even End of Suffering had the odd moment. Sticky on the other hand sounds like a mess, in all honesty. It lacks the attention span to make solid compositions and having them feel worthwhile. Even at 28 minutes, this album dragged like hell, and bar maybe “Cupid’s Arrow” for showing a modicum of coherence, the record is completely forgettable, which is ironic when you consider how much stuff was thrown into the songs. Sticky is the very definition of throwing sh*t at the wall and seeing what sticks. Unfortunately for this album, nothing does, and all you’re left with is the horrible odour from its experimentation.



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StickFeit
October 15th 2021


1944 Comments


O boy.. fuck this. Blossom is in my top ten favorite records from the 10’s but I just wanna keep the illusion up of them being good, so I will probably not bother with this.

Also, fun (and depressing) read!

Asura14
October 15th 2021


422 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Looking forward to being disappointed... Every album now I've been hoping for another Modern Ruin and I guess this won't be it.



Great review as always Simon

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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2021


3059 Comments


Wasn't planning on checking this as I had a bad feeling (despite liking some of the band's earlier work), this review is the nail in the coffin for me.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2021


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

great/depressing rev yeah. i don't want to listen to this but i probably will

DoofDoof
October 15th 2021


10726 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Crank Farter and the Bottlemen

Asura14
October 15th 2021


422 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

gottem

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2021


17282 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks peeps.



Yeah I lament the drop off in quality. Band went from a 5 to 1.5 in 6 years and 4 albums. Real sad to see, since when I saw them during the blossom tour, they were one of the best live bands I’d ever seen

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jfromnj
October 15th 2021


70 Comments


Their live shows still look pretty good. I have a distinct feeling this plays better live. The studio trickery and production is something I can’t get past. Live, it may be another story.

Sowing
Moderator
October 15th 2021


39709 Comments


Good review. For as prominent as these guys are in their scene I still don't think I've heard any of their albums. I won't start here!

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Jamdbz
October 16th 2021


1138 Comments


I can't believe they went from Blossom to this

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2021


17282 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

thanks sow.



yeah, there's something very off about the production on this. checking reviews for this from mainstream journos, and their scores are offensively high haha

Cormano
October 16th 2021


2995 Comments


man I really used to look up to this guy but everything post blossom has been an embarrassment to say the least

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2021


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i listened to this album and i am happy to announce that i will never ever do so again, jfc

such a goddamn shame bc their blossom/modern ruin era live shows were insane but i'd rather bang bang my toe against a goddamn brick wall than hear bang bang live amirite hahah fuckin kill me

StickFeit
October 16th 2021


1944 Comments


Sow, check out their first two. First one is by far their best, but knowing you, you’ll probably like the sound of the second one more.

Jamdbz
October 16th 2021


1138 Comments


what the fuck is the deal with the production here

jfromnj
October 16th 2021


70 Comments


Modern Ruin wasn’t an embarrassment. It was quite good.

TheBarber
October 16th 2021


4019 Comments


I mean the records are garbage but this dude is weirdly enough a killer live performer

Minushuman24
October 16th 2021


4866 Comments


Well this makes me sad

CosmicHearse
October 18th 2021


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fun record, upbeat throughout and short.. any more songs and it would have dragged. Can see why people don't dig but I had a good time xx

Artuma
October 18th 2021


32432 Comments


what the fuck is wrong with frank these days

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