Review: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Blossom

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3.5 OUT OF 5 NUTS!

frankcarter-blossomFrank Carter is pissed off again, and it feels right.

Carter moved from the band Gallows to Pure Love in 2011, a band that produced lighter, less intense fare than the hardcore punk of Gallows. With Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Carter has moved back in the direction of aggression and intensity.

And if you’re looking for those two things, the debut album Blossom from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes is a good place to find it.

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To get a taste of the seismic shift from Pure Love to The Rattlesnakes, compare the two tracks below:

“I’m so sick of singing about hate/It’s never gonna make a change” Carter sings to open the song.

Well…

There you go.

“Thank you for watching me return to claim the throne,” Carter says in the comments section of the video for “Juggernaut.” “And once you’ve (preordered the album), you can come back here and watch the video again and get excited about the fact that i’m back to destroy all the terrible bands in the world.”

Carter is indeed on the attack on Blossom, an effective, well-constructed yet at times exhausting slice of musical rage. The album’s songs range from political rants to just plain old anger in a bottle, with Carter’s snarl leading the way.

One particularly pissed off song is “Paradise,” Carter’s gigantic middle finger to suicide bombers. “If there is a paradise in the sky/I hope you never get to see it when you die” Carter growls, complete with throwing in a “You coward fucking scum” and an audible spit for good measure.

The calmest song on the album is the closer “I Hate You,” but even if it has a gentler sound than the other songs, Carter doesn’t for one second take the foot off the gas in terms of anger, singing “I hate you and I wish you would die/It makes me violently angry when I see you alive.”

Carter is in a more natural element on this album, and the multiple times he can heard pausing to catch his breath certainly makes it feel like he poured all his energy and intensity into his vocals. Meanwhile, Carter’s backing band of Dean Richardson on guitar, Thomas Mitchener on bass guitar and Memby Jago on drums bring a suitable crunch to accompany him.

Blossom feels a little inconsistent at times and a little can go a long way, but it’s a fiery, intense debut and will give those a fix who are looking for some hardcore rage. It’s a good first step in Carter’s mission to destroy all the terrible bands in the world.

Release Date: August 14, 2015

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