Sound — 9
Gallows sound a little bit unlike much else to come out of the blue recently and to hit mainstream. They have been around for ages, their album 'Orchestra Of Wolves' having been out for ages. However, it can be argued that Kerrang! have pounced on them as such and propelled them into the wrath of the scene kids, the metalheads and other readers of Kerrang. One cannot decide if this is a good or bad thing. Specifically, if this is what Gallows specifically want, but I digress. The music is definitely something fresh. The sound is rather different. It's punk, but not as we know it. it is not the original sound of the Sex Pistols. It is not the '80's revival sound of The Exploited, though we are nearer the mark. It is certainly not the Pop Punk or Power Punk of Blink 182. This is something new. Laurent Bernard and Steph Carter's heavy distortion rips over the powerful bass and the fantastic drumming to create a heavy, angry tide of music, whilst Frank Carter screams over the top like one of his awe inspired fans, aggressively at one with the music. The songs are very good generally, with one or two exceptions, the songs satisfy and do wha tevery artist wants to do; stir a certain emotion in someone with their music, which Gallows do. They provoke a definite emotion with their songs, a sort of aggression and a slight agreeement to a lot of what they have to say.
Lyrics — 10
Frank Carter is an aggressive entity in the music. He screams over the top of these songs; not unlike Serj Tankian: not in the style but in that it's a differnet style, that on paper you wouldn't believe to work, but by golly; it does. And the lyrics aren't half bad either. The topics are wide: from Rapists to Dentists, Frank Carter goes through the lot. Orchestra Of Wolves discusses immoralities through sex, whilst some songs' lyrics are a bit cliched, however whilst these points may be cliched, he discusses them, like the rest of the album with extrodinary eloquence and a clear influence from the urban music he displays a great intrest in.
Overall Impression — 8
This album might be being snapped up by the scene kids by the proverbial bucketful, but don't let it deter you. This band deserve every bit of hype they are getting. The songs 'Orchestra Of Wolves', 'Abandon Ship', 'In The Belly Of A Shark' and 'Come Friendly Bombs' are the cream of the Gallows crop. Also, if you can get it, I would recommend the bonus CD which comes with some extra bits including the tremendous new single with Lethal Bizzle; 'Staring At The Rudebois'; a great cover of The Ruts' song with a surprising chemisty with Lethal. The above songs are good; however there are one or two disappointments. The instrumental 'Last Fight For The Living Dead' is a slight disappointment as in my opinion is the rather bland 'Stay Cold'. But make no mistake, this is one humdinger of an album! If I lost it, I would most definitely buy it again.