Orchestra Of Wolves Review

artist: Gallows date: 07/12/2007 category: compact discs
Gallows: Orchestra Of Wolves
Release Date: Sep 25, 2006
Label: In At The Deep End
Genres: Post-Hardcore, Punk Revival
Number Of Tracks: 12
A screaming blast from England Gallows have arrived to remind us of punk's angry roots.
 Sound: 8.5
 Lyrics: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 7.7
Orchestra Of Wolves Featured review by: UG Team, on july 12, 2007
3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Sound: The Gallows' sound is best described as organised pandemonium. It may sound like a frenzied combustion of ingredients, but the tightness of the band establishes The Gallows as the best cake to sink one's teeth into, as the 21st century's definitive take on Hardcore Punk. Tracks such as Just because you Sleep Next to Me Doesn't Mean You're Safe encompass what one expects from any song on this album. Resonating bass drives the track, while Carter's howls are perfectly complemented by crushing guitars. It's a track stormy enough to churn the contents of one's stomach. One major criticism that should be taken on board by The Gallows is that despite their being based in the UK, the Reissue has americanised their sound. Certain tracks seem to have been tailored to match the sound of many bands on the Warped Tour that The Gallows will be playing in the summer of 2008. In spite of these faults, there are three tracks that are exemplary of the Gallows' aggressive sound. Primarily, Abandon Ship, with its distorted palm muting packs a punch, and even more so does the title track, with it's immensely groovy riff and thudding bass, redolent of, whisper it quietly, Rage Against the Machine's heavier efforts. Sonically, Rolling with the Punches is the most intriguing track, effectively incorporating keyboards, palm muted barres and the driving bass which, all lead up to a peculiar build up of resonance, before the track fades out, all of which keep the mix engrossingly sinister. // 8

Lyrics: Frank Carter is a man warranting a life time supply of throat lozenges and honey. His rasping, throaty shouting, ever present on Orchestra of Wolves, is probably doing some lasting damage to the man's larynx. To hear him erupt on tracks like Abandon Ship with the line 'Man Overboard Again' is an intensive listening experience. There isn't much variation on the screaming, so if that isn't your thing, steer clear of this record. However, it must be said that when Carter does tone it down, he always does so to great effect. The standout track, in terms of delivery and conviction is certainly the title track. It's just a little bit scary trying to make out what Carter means when he'd bellowing lyrics such as,' My name Is Casanova. I'm basically a man. I have the head of a wolf. The appetite of an entire land. This song is going out to the girls'. At any rate, he isn't your typical hopeless romantic. Typical of a lot of bands in this genre, the lyrics may be primitive in some places, but this isn't meant to be subtle in any respect. That said, it would be a welcome progression for the Gallows to pen some more refined lyrics on future recordings. // 7

Overall Impression: The Gallows' only full length has been reissued to great effect (a touch of class owed credited to the Warner Bros. budget perhaps). However, there are deficiencies. Why must every band out of Britain try to sound American in the studio? It may sell more records, but a compromise on the sound front may lose The Gallows some respect. The Reissue includes a second disc, including BBC Punk sessions, a new track and a cover of Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown(which they should have just saved for the live shows). The cover does show the band's credentials as Hardcore revivalists, despite its lacklustre recording. All in all, Orchestra of Wolves may not have defined the Gallows, but it does enough to ensure their next album is highly anticipated. Orchestra of Wolves is exactly that. It is An Orchestra of Wolves. It leaves the listener expectant, still a little hungry even after devouring 33 minutes of searing hardcore punk. Step forward to the Gallows, execution awaits. // 8

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overall: 9
Orchestra Of Wolves Reviewed by: LAWRENCE_FA, on november 02, 2007
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: 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. // 9

Lyrics: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 8

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