After playing a mountain of festivals last summer, and even gathering the crowd for a sprint up and around the sound tower at Reading & Leeds, post-2016, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes have an awful lot to live up to. However, coming back with a bang, the hardcore four-piece really have hit the ground running in 2017, with their second album Modern Ruin due for release on Friday 27th January.
Modern Ruin kicks off with ‘Bluebelle’, a slow open before the jolt straight into ‘Lullaby’. Perhaps Modern Ruin‘s chef d’oeuvre moment, ‘Lullaby’ racks up just over 3 minutes of accessible and intense guitar riffs alongside pounding drums, bridging between the hardcore aspects of the Rattlesnakes’ debut album Blossom, and this newfound style paraded throughout.
With this offering, I think it’s fair to say that there is no such thing as “tame” for Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, as even with the less biting tracks on Modern Ruin, the album on the whole is totally scathing. Take ‘Snake Eyes’, and ‘Wild Flowers’, for example, which lead the album through with an almost indie-rock/pop-punk feel, but those early punk roots still ring true. While easy to assume this album has abandoned the classic hardcore FC&TR roots, ‘Vampires’ and ‘Jackals’ hit back, rammed with aggression.
Of note also, is the title track ‘Modern Ruin’, which packs a punch to the point that my computer’s speakers couldn’t quite deal with it, and also serves some of the best lyrics on the album, with Carter half-screaming “It’s just modern ruin, that’s what they’ll say // Flesh and blood rotted away” to lead us into the final track on the album ‘Neon Rust’, a finale poised outrageously between indie rock and pure punk.
Turning away from the full-throttle ferocity of debut album Blossom, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes new LP Modern Ruin is filled to the brim with festival-ready punk tracks. Taking a more accessible slant this time around, this might just be the album that casts the quartet into the spotlight.
After allowing Modern Ruin to fully sink in, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes are set to embark on a UK tour in March, with tickets available here.
Modern Ruin is released Friday 27th January, pre-order here.
Words by Jasmin Robinson