Opening the album is a slow, slightly dark but thoughtful track titled Bluebelle which is performed by Frank alone. It acts as the only track from the band so far for which he has recorded an instrument, and doing so on the opening of the Modern Ruin chapter as many will know it seems like a logical move. At just over a minute long, it would be expected to be the shortest track on the album but no – that is saved for the absolutely savage Jackals later on which has been performed a few times around the country on tour.
Modern Ruin does a fantastic job of contrasting musical styles presented within the new era of The Rattlesnakes and there is no exception through the whole thirty-eight minutes of the album. Bluebelle starts quietly, then Lullaby has a groove and Snake Eyes is darker and gets progressively heavier. Vampires is fuzzy and agressive behind a veil of backing vocals and control, Wild Flowers is almost alt-pop in a very catchy way and Acid Veins is incredibly dark with a confident swaying rhythm. God Is My Friend is quick and loud yet shows a lot of control, Jackals is quicker, louder and shorter with a murderous edge, and Thunder is much slower and more reflective. Real Life is bold with a crashing and punchy rhythm, Modern Ruin is gritty and purely vicious throughout the whole period, and Neon Rust is the epic finale that gives a slow closure to the piece to mirror Bluebelle after a reflective look back at the masterpiece sandwiched between the two.
The standout tracks have to be Acid Veins, Lullaby and Modern Ruin. As a trio, they represent what the album is about – exploring different ideas in very different ways that can gel into one big artistic expression. Acid Veins has a swing in the beat that few would have predicted this time last year on the back of Blossom, which gets combined with some of the darkest lyrics on the album to create an imaginative dichotomy within the storytelling. Lullaby holds a groove yet has distinct undertones of fighting against mental darkness as Carter asks “sleep, where have you gone?”. Modern Ruin is the heaviest song on the album in terms of instrumental, and it would have easily fit in on the debut album. It has a huge buildup that waits for the explosion which by no means disappoints – an absolute venue-shredder of a track.
In addition, Jackals adds a short burst of fire to liven up the quieter tracks in the middle of the album. With crashing drums and echoed vocals that climax at around 50 seconds, the quick and beat-heavy track culminates in the slightly terrifying lyric “burn them all like sickened cattle and leave nothing for the jackals”, which indicates that although the band may have seemed to mellow out musically their content is just as dark in other ways.
Overall, a very different and nearly-as-perfect album from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes that contrasts nicely with the 2015 debut Blossom. The tracks only touch on common ground with its older sibling, but it is clear Frank and Dean are exploring their musical range. Whether musically heavy or not, the album aches with sickening danger that characterises the band and there is no doubting this will help them break through on mainstream radio despite them keeping the incredibly dark feeling in their fabrication of material. Some people will adore it, some will hate it but it is sure to make their live set crank up yet another notch. Modern Ruin hits shelves next Friday (20th Jan) so don’t sleep on it.
Frank Carter (of & The Rattlesnakes) has been on Radio 1 to announce his new album along with debuting the second track from it. The record will be titled Modern Ruin and will be released 27th January 2017.
Preorders available for Modern Ruin at modernru.in for iTunes, vinyl and various CD options, plus another Hyper Deluxe edition!
The tracklisting looks like this:
God Is My Friend
And the album cover looks like this:
Hear the latest track from the band titled Lullaby, which was premiered on Radio 1 tonight:
Hardcore punk legend and ‘Spirit of Punk’ award-winner Frank Carter did a live stream at the end of July, so after leaving some time for the dust to settle from it, here are a few things to be learned from it (in theory, this is entirely based on what Frank said, therefore nothing confirmed).
1) Frank loves to reveal his plans
Whether or not he is allowed to, it’s clear to see Frank just wants to get his plans out there. After revealing another batch of acts for Reading & Leeds festival including himself hours ahead of the official announcement, that’s clear to see and he only furthers this in this live stream. At several points, he chuckled as he said “I’m not allowed to tell you that” and proceeded to flatly tell some secrets. At one point, he even dismissed a text from his manager who was clearly watching along to warn him when he was getting close to the mark.
2) The band are planning on taking a turn to being a rock band
Frank explained the band felt as if a move away from the hardcore side of things towards a more centralised rock style. This can be seen in first single from the new album Snake Eyes which as he said has “a more dynamic vocal” than other tracks previously from Blossom have, causing it to be their favourite song to play live at the moment.
3) The album is finished
Frank took great delight in stating simply “the album is done” when asked about details. He also revealed it would be released next year, so presumably there will be an early 2017 release date. Despite the apparent shift to rock, he admitted the record will contain “probably the best” hardcore track he has ever written.
4) They’re touring the UK in November
However much he was supposed to cover the fact, Frank stated on several occasions that the band are touring in their homeland in November, allegations by no means denied by guitarist Dean Richardson. The tour will definitely include London, but several comments made implied they wouldn’t be venturing to Liverpool and he said explicitly they wouldn’t be stopping in Corby.
5) Frank sure has strong opinions on bands
At one point he hit out at Bullet For My Valentine pretty hard, but later stated “there are just better thrash bands out there”, and when asked about bands he hates he just grinned and stated “there are many, many of those” before moving swiftly on. In his good books are the likes of Against Me! where he stated he’s a big fan of frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, and Minor Threat, amongst others.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are well known to put on a vicious stage show as well as record some seriously angry material, so when Snake Eyes debuted on Radio 1 last week, many were slightly confused by the more mellowed sound than the likes of Devil Inside Me from their debut album Blossom, but the video they have just put out demonstrated it is more than what meets the ear.
The video sees an angry Frank screaming in a red-out screen with an animal skull while a woman dances around and smashes a chair up in front of it, before a big revelation comes. Yes, really.
Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes have recently recently unleashed their documentary Year Of The Snake.
The documentary highlights the band’s 2015, from the band’s inception, to playing over 61 shows across The UK and Europe over the course 365 years. There’s also highlights of the band’s stunning performance at Reading Festival last summer. You can check it out below, and tell us what you think.