Modern Ruin

Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin (Album Review)

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There is always some anxiety when waiting for that next record, the one that has to follow an immense success of an album. Blossom, the debut album from Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, kicked a massive amount ass, leading The Rattlesnakes to constantly dominate stages up and down the country since its release. Seriously, when do these guys find time to rest?

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the much anticipated next release and secretly praying that it will live up to its predecessor.

Well the wait is over…

Modern Ruin, released January 20th on International Death Cult via KLS, opens with ‘Bluebelle’, a beautifully melodic lullaby which lets us know we’re not in Kansas Blossom anymore; it’s an entirely different opening from the debut album but by no means is that a bad thing.

It would be easy for some to gloss over Modern Ruin saying it lacks the spitting aggression of Blossom but there is so much more to it than that. What it lacks in screaming violence it makes up for in mature, sexy arrangements that perfectly support Carter’s ever-present rage just bubbling beneath the surface.

Latest single ‘Vampires’ is just another example of the versatility of The Rattlesnakes. Very few bands ever manage to master the blend of being commercially catchy with remaining true to their vicious punk rock roots, but Frank and the guys seem to pull it off effortlessly.

Each track on this record is a mini-masterpiece in its own right, drawing inspiration from a broad selection of genres, from old-school punk right through to blues. We should know by now that magic is created in anything Frank Carter lends himself to. He is not afraid to break the mould, to be a fierce and tattoo-covered punk in a floral Gucci suit, to be himself; there are proud hints of both Gallows (‘Thunder’) and Pure Love (‘Wild Flowers’) within Modern Ruin.

‘God Is My Friend’ is one of the stand out tracks on the record, it features the blistering passion, music and vocal mix we’ve come to expect of The Rattlesnakes and this is definitely one of those songs that deserves to be played crazy-loud live on stage. The 56 second interlude that follows is no less of a song than any of the other tracks; the intensely savage and straight to the point ‘Jackals’ definitely justifies its place on the album.

In all honesty, it is difficult not to just pull every single song off this record and compliment them individually, it would definitely be deserved. We can all relax now, The Rattlesnakes have done it again, another kick-ass record under the belt and now Frank Carter is ready to reign over 2017. I do not see this guy slowing down anytime soon.

Modern Ruin is out on January 20th via International Death Cult / KLS.