TL;DR – Modern Ruin is a sophisticated Punk album for the modern ages. Frank Carter has proved once again that there is more to him than the hardcore punk front man that we first met with Gallows.
Frank Carter is a name that has carved it’s way to the centre of the hardcore, punk and rock scene over the last 10 years. After first being unleashed with the furiously wild Gallows, Frank decided to try something slightly calmer in his second band, Pure Love. While this left some fans somewhat confused, Frank explained that he needed to escape the angry lyrics to keep his psyche in check.
After Pure Love decided to take a hiatus in 2014, we were left wondering what was going to happen next. Never being one to stay still for long, Frank Carter started exploring his heavier roots and thus The Rattlesnakes were formed. Their debut album, ‘Blossom‘ (★★★★½) was a rip-roaring frenzy of punk, hardcore and even some blues. ‘Modern Ruin‘ takes a step away from that again in to something a lot more refined.
While ‘Modern Ruin‘ is somewhat more sophisticated in comparison to their debut record. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s so vastly different from ‘Blossom‘ that I wonder if it will leave some fans confused on whether this is the record for them. While the debut was like a punch to the gut of blues driven hardcore punk, ‘Modern Ruin‘ is nursing that bruised gut better for you.
That’s not to say that ‘Modern Ruin‘ doesn’t go without it’s merit. I’ve been listening to the album all weekend since its’ release and I have to admit that it’s a great record. It’s well constructed and certainly full of catchy and singable tunes. Songs like Bluebell see Frank testing his vocals in a way we haven’t seen before and I feel that’s where this album was born from. It sounds like Frank has taken the best of Gallows, mixed it with his vocal learnings of Pure Love and then mixed this all up with the punk influences from all of his releases so far.
Throughout it all though, ‘Modern Ruin‘ seems like a guided tour of Frank Carter’s psyche. From the “song about a girl” Wild Flowers, the painfully truthful and politically inspired Thunder, as well as Lullaby, which appears to be his commentary on night time parenting, this certainly sounds like a record very close to his heart.
Although this may not be the record that a lot of people had hoped for, it would be a shame for anyone to simply pass this over. ‘Modern Ruin‘ is a clever next step for Frank Carter and shows a phenomenal understanding of songwriting from all of his previous experiences. If anyone is unsure, I would urge them to keep this on repeat and just let it play through in the background.
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes have pushed themselves to release one of the most interesting punk releases for sometime. To me, ‘Modern Ruin‘ is a fantastic record with as much energy as the debut record, albeit released in a different fashion.
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