February 2017, Best Punk & Alternative Rock Album: Modern Ruin by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

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As soon as we started playing the new album by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes we knew that we were in front of a great work. Modern Ruin, in fact, not only does contain quite a good number of good songs, but it is graced as a whole by a positive energy that emanates from every one of the 12 tracks included in the disc.

This is the second LP produced by the British band and it arrives on the shelves a year and a half after the sensational debut album, Blossom. Frank Carter, the leader of the band, became however famous first as the frontman of the English hardcore punk outfit Gallows, then as the leader of the American-British rock band Pure. Compared to Carter’s previous works, Modern Ruin may seem more inclined to melody and somehow less visceral, but this didn’t affect the pleasantness of the songs and indeed the album has gained fluidity and (we believe) longevity. As a matter of fact it’s now almost one month that a number of songs from this LP are played in rotation in my mp3 reader and I must say that they keep on working as an injection of raw energy and, in fact, I always find myself turning up the volume.

Guerino’s rating: 8 / 10.

The second album that the former Gallows/Pure Love mainman has made with this new band acknowledges his past while embracing his present, resulting in a compelling overview of Carter’s varied, layered songwriting skills. (AP)

Don’t come to ‘Modern Ruin’ looking to be cheered up then, but if it’s catharsis you’re after, there’s nothing more fitting. (NME)

The most beautiful tracks: Vampires, Lullaby, Wild Flowers

 

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