12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his second album with The Rattlesnakes, Frank Carter again proves a master of fusing melody and intensity. Modern Ruin doesn’t quite have the feral energy of 2015’s Blossom, but doesn’t miss it either—its punch is packed in lyrics that weave undaunted self-examination around political awareness. There’s greater musical adventure here too, particularly during the more austere moments. “Bluebelle” is a raw, beautiful blues lament, and “Neon Rust” recalls Suede with its wearied vocal and sinuous guitar.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his second album with The Rattlesnakes, Frank Carter again proves a master of fusing melody and intensity. Modern Ruin doesn’t quite have the feral energy of 2015’s Blossom, but doesn’t miss it either—its punch is packed in lyrics that weave undaunted self-examination around political awareness. There’s greater musical adventure here too, particularly during the more austere moments. “Bluebelle” is a raw, beautiful blues lament, and “Neon Rust” recalls Suede with its wearied vocal and sinuous guitar.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings
LAPunk ,

Good...

It's an honest effort, I really dig it, but it lacks the aggression Frank Carter is known for. I feel his artistic side really shows through on this one, which is awesome to see. I wish there were some heavier parts as we saw on the first album as well. That would have made this album really rock.

TheJakeMan7 ,

Great stuff

I'd never heard of these guys before they played at Rock on the Range 2017, and their show really blew me away! They put on an AMAZING, tight, energetic live show, I was very impressed!

RONDOR ,

Much needed adrenaline jab!

I am not sure why the other reviews are so off. Most of you praised his "artistic" side but then shut him down because he wasn't as hard as the previous album. There are still some great hard guitars and noise on this album. Wild Flowers is incredible and even more so when you hear him talk about it being about his wife. So the album is not The Gallows and yes Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have evolved, but that only means they are getting better in my opinion. Buy this, don't listen to the critics or the reviews--even this one--and decide for yourself whether or not it rocks. If you are a fan then do the right thing and give them your money and enjoy.

About Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Making their name with full-bodied, hard-hitting punk rock reinforced with a hard rock undercurrent, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes were formed in 2015 by Carter, former lead singer with the successful U.K. punk band Gallows. Carter was a founding member of Gallows in 2005, but in 2011 he came to an impasse with the group over their musical direction. Carter left the band and debuted a new group, Pure Love, in 2012, whose sound was more indebted to mainstream rock and had a more positive lyrical stance. Pure Love released a handful of singles and one album, 2013's Anthems, but in April 2014, Carter announced the digital release of the group's final recordings. In March 2015, Carter launched a new project, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, with Carter on lead vocals, Dean Richardson (formerly of Heights) on guitar, Thomas Mitchener (another alumnus of Gallows) on bass, and Memby Jago (who'd previously worked with the Ghost of a Thousand) on drums. With a sound that returned Carter to the forceful sound of Gallows, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes made their recorded debut with the 2015 EP Rotten, and in August 2015 they dropped their first full-length album, Blossom. The band was soon touring regularly in the U.K. and Europe, and in 2016 they introduced a new lineup, with Mitchener and Jago replaced by a new rhythm section of drummer Gareth Grover (formerly of Gallows and Haunts) and bassist Tom "Tank" Barclay. Carter & the Rattlesnakes' second album, Modern Ruin, was released in January 2017. ~ Mark Deming

ORIGIN
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, E
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2015

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