On July 8th 2011, the eve of Gallows main stage appearance at Sonisphere Frank Carter posted on twitters his separation from the Gallows. This left the Watford punks with two choices, they either called it a day entirely or found a person who with ample feet to fill the boots of Carter.
They set upon Wade McNeil after the melt down of his former band Alexisonfire which caused a lot of online banter due to fans being concerned that McNeil would not be up to the task. Over the past fifteen months Wade McNeil has not only filled Frank Carter’s boots but shoved his toes through the leather at the ends.
The second release after their ‘Death Is Birth’ EP but first full length release with this current line up, the self titled album picks up where ‘Grey Britain’ left off and takes it to the next level. Filled with punk rock grooves and hard hitting rhythms from start to finish along with a sick and vicious snarl from the Canadian born McNeil this album is the bands best release to date.
Songs such as ‘Lat June’, ‘Victim Culture’ and ‘Cross Of Lorraine’ have enough balls to make you jump straight into the pit and ram a scene kids teeth down his throat along with his hideous fringe and straight peeked cap. This album has no room for hardcore dancing in the live arena just sheer carnage. Along with a documentary DVD this is a must have for any fan of heavy music.
Gallows are currently the world’s finest attribute to hardcore music and are proof that sometimes to get back on track you need to take apart what made you successful and rebuild. If after one listen of this album you aren’t impressed by this album I insist that you give your head a shake, or better yet, dare to tell the band this and prepare to go away with your head in your hands. 9.5/10