Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Genre: Punk Rock
The second studio album from fast-rising, venomous British Punk Rock enthusiasts, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, is calmly introduced by a short build-up before ‘Lullaby’ brings the astounding quality present to the surface of the album immediately. This song shows a different side to the band in comparison to the gnarly, aggressive and forceful nature of ‘Blossom’. This works in their favour as this represents the power Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes possess without the need to rely on anger and rage within their foundation tempo.
‘Snake Eyes’ put the British Rock scene on notice upon its release as a single but, when applied to the environment of this album it thrives and blossoms amazingly. The tone of this song in general is simply stunning and when paired with the following atmosphere generated by ‘Vampires’, it makes for a perfect combination. Incredible modern Rock vibes mix the Punk undercurrent to bring forward a re-defined formula and perspective on Frank Carter’s approach to Punk Rock.
Of course, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes wouldn’t be themselves without condoning and experimenting with some Traditional Punk tones like they do in the astonishing ‘Wild Flowers’. The similarities to Punk are subtle enough to allow for some creativity and originality room to aspire as well as develop throughout this truly almighty song. This same air of originality carries across into ‘Acid Veins’ and its mind-blowing lyrics, further strengthening this release.
One of the most essential, crucial elements of ‘Blossom’ were the remarkable lyrics and despite the slight transition in sound between ‘Blossom’ and ‘Modern Ruin’, ‘God is my Friend’ makes it apparent that this critical component of Frank Carter’s composition has not been deserted.
Through this superb album, Frank Carter has tested the dimensions of his vocal prowess by adapting to this albums tone and, a prime example of this technique being put into action can be observed in the goose bump supplying ‘Thunder’. A thought provoking lyrical narrative provides a sturdy platform from which the rest of the song develops and flourishes. All good things must sadly come to an end ad this terrific album is no exception as ‘Real Life’ and ‘Modern Ruin’ build us up and prepare us for a worthy, justified and attention-stealing conclusion.
After all the waves of energy from this album, it seems fitting to top it all off with a slow, progressing Rock track in ‘Neon Rust’. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the best album I’ve heard all year as it perfectly reflects the passion, desire, intellect and skill of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes; all-in-all, ‘Modern Ruin’ is a genuine masterpiece.
Review Rating: 10