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Orchestra of Wolves

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Album Review

"My name is Casanova," Frank Carter menacingly spews out in the opening of "Orchestra of Wolves," the title track to Gallows' debut album. However that's not a come-on, girls, but a warning, as this dandy in wolf's clothing is here not to woo you, but to rip the heart right out of your chest, a Jack the Ripper of Romance. Gallows had already established themselves as one of the most explosive new bands on the U.K. hardcore scene, their gigs drenched in such intensity that few emerged unscathed. This album captures their live force to a 'T', from the opening assault of "Kill the Rhythm" — a barrage of guitars, clashing, crashing, off-kilter rhythm and furious tag-team vocals — to the closing careen through Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown." In between, the band show off their many roots and inspirational branches, which swing from American and Swedish hardcore to metal, and on to the discordance and angular rhythms of the modern underground (via the '70s post-punk art school scene). It's a wonderful mishmash of sounds and styles, reverberating out of the past and into the future. The Stooges, for instance haunt "Orchestra of Wolves," while a flash of the Sex Pistols echoes across "Black Heart Queen," at least until it slows down into a '70s-styled hard rocker. But for all the crash, bang, wallop of their music, melodies still hang from Gallows, notably on "Abandon Ship." An insanely catchy hook wriggles across "Rolling with the Punches," a song that also boasts quite classy keyboards, and ends by creeping through a Gothic crypt, which segues perfectly into the Hammer House of Horror instrumental interlude of "Last Fight for the Leaving Dead." On "In the Belly of a Shark," the band smashes psychobilly into hardcore, while a whiff of the Specials wafts through "Will Someone Shoot That F*****g Snake." And that's the beauty of Gallows: for all their viciousness, blistering guitars, and unquotable lyrics, there's much more to them than just bile and rage, assaultive sounds and skewered rhythms. With their many nods to the past both musically and thematically, they've turned the page over, and begun to write hardcore's history anew.

Customer Reviews

gallows are phenomenal

the only reason i give this 4 stars rather than 5 is because without experiencing live, you can't understand gallows. but, im not reviewing them live. the album - it doesn't let you rest. dischordant to the point of being uncomfortable, lyrically realist and hateful, this is a fresh approach in music today. fair play, there are plenty of bands like this, ppl can level all the black flag rip-off criticism they like at gallows, but this sort of thing needs to be looked at contextually. in today's british music climate, with yr 'nu-rave' and yr 'indie/electro' tired, boring crossovers, gallows are, just like many grime artists, revealing an ugly side, a let down side, a realistic side to modern day britain. maybe its not about being different, or radically new-sounding. maybe they do sound like other people. i'm sure they don't care. nobodys saying you have to like it, and i don't think gallows can be blamed for the completely hyped up, NME/kerrang interpretation of what they stand for. That isn't gallows. hopefully, the knee-jerk reaction to gallows will blow over quickly to let them get on with making music untarnished by media-driven fanaticism and cynical, bitter people going on and on about 'this is emo' 'this is emo scene rubbish'. whatever. i think gallows are outside all of that and just happen to have landed in the middle of something they don't necessarily want. buy this album tho, if just for 'will someone shoot...'. the whole cd is constant, raw, technically proficient yet energy and anger driven punk. yes, it is punk. no, punk doesnt have to sound the same as it did 31 years ago. get over it, this is punk for the twenty first century. an amazing cd.

impressive for a debut album.

I hadnt really heard the Gallows but i had heard about them, then they supported BFMV and i thought ill give them a listen and loved it. then I bought then album and each song was amazing especially In The Belly of A Shark, Will Someone Shoot That Fucking Snake and Orchestra of Wolves. would recommend you buy it if ur up 4 sum agressive music.

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This album is way better than any other album i have heard this year. Its full of anger and energy with lyrics that most people can relate to. I need to go and see this band live. Ive been waiting for this to come out for awhile and now it has i cudent be happier with it. BUY THIS ALBUM NOW !

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Watford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As a disenfranchised D.I.Y. punk band from the U.K., Gallows fuse rage with a disgust with their social surroundings in the same fashion as their forefathers, the Sex Pistols and the Clash, to add a genuine urgency to their punk revival. In 2005, Frank Carter (vocals), Steph Carter (guitar/vocals), Laurent Barnard (guitars/keys/vocals), Stuart Gili-Ross (bass), and Lee Barratt (drums) formed the band after digesting a steady diet of '80s hardcore staples like Black Flag and Minor Threat and underground...
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