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July 4th, 2012

Top 6: Reasons you should be excited about the new Gallows album

Gallows 2012 promo photo by Derek Bremner Thrash Hits

If you listened to last week’s edition of the Thrash Hits Podcast, you’ll know that we’ve had a listen to Gallows‘ forthcoming  eponymously-titled third album. You’ll also know we are very excited about hearing it some more. This is why we think you should be excited about it too.

Six reasons why you should be excited about the new Gallows album:

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1) BECAUSE SELF-TITLED NON-DEBUT ALBUMS ARE A STATEMENT OF INTENT
Fuck it, let’s start this Top 6 off with the high-concept stuff. When a band releases a self-titled album that isn’t their debut, then it’s always been a belief of ours that the band are effectively saying “This. This record is us now. This is everything we want you to equate with our band right damn now. This is us boiled down to our barest, rawest, most honest ingredients”. And that’s just what Gallows is.

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2) HARDER. FASTER. NASTIER.
Last week we chatted with Lags from the band about the new record before we had heard it for the first time (and we’ll have the results of that chat later this week). He told us in no uncertain terms that this album was harder, faster, and nastier than anything Gallows had done before. It does this with scrappy, hectic-as-fuck tracks like ‘Vapid Adolescent Blues’, the swampier, stompier aggression of ‘Outsider Art’, and the boy-it’s-gonna-put-the-purest’s-backs-up guitar tones of ‘Cross of Lorraine’.

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3) LAST JUNE
Watch this. See? Yeah.

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5) IT’S NOT A CONCEPT ALBUM
As much as we liked the common thread that tied all of Grey Britain together, if Gallows had attempted something similarly grandiose for their third full-length, even fanboys like us would’ve felt it would’ve felt a bit put out by it all. There was a strength in Orchestra of Wolves that for all its intensity, Grey Britain never quite needed to replicate, insofar that every song on the Watford mob’s debut needed to stand on its own merits, without the added framing device of The Concept Album to give it context and cohesion as a component part of something greater. Is that too wordy an analysis for what is essentially down’n’dirty hardcore? Whatever. If we’re keeping it simple: Gallows brings back that “just songs, no added bullshit” punch that Gallows had when they first started terrorising venues up and down the length of the UK.

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5) MORE NON-FRANK MATERIAL IN THEIR LIVE SETS
Irrespective of his performance as Gallows’ new frontman (and it’s been universally ace, all told), the one thing we’ve heard time and again from people who’ve seen Wade-fronted Gallows perform live is “we wish they had more songs in their setlist that weren’t Frank-era songs”. That’s not because Wade wasn’t up to the challenge, but more that the band seemed so much more ferocious when it came to delivering tracks off their first post-Frank release, the Death Is Birth EP. Now they’ve got an entire album of new tracks – songs they specifically wrote and recorded with this line-up of the band in mind – to call upon. Gallows (the album) doesn’t eradicate what Gallows (the band) have achieved up till now – it just draws a line under it, and gives Gallows the repertoire to progress beyond the ties to the past.

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6) BECAUSE IF GALLOWS HAD SPLIT UP IT’D BE PROPERLY SHIT
When Gallows announced their impending split with Frank, people were legitimately worried that they wouldn’t be able to carry on without him. For a lot of people (mistaken though they may be), Frank was Gallows. He was certainly the most visible, most-recognised-outside-of-the-heavy-music-sphere aspect of Gallows. This album shows that not only is there life after Frank, but that we should never have even doubted that there would be. It would’ve sucked if Grey Britain was the final long-player that Gallows put their name to, and we’re pleased as (floor)punch that it won’t be.

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Gallows by….err….Gallows is out on 10 September 2012 via Venn Records / PIAS Recordings. We’ll have a proper, in-depth review of it up pretty soon, and later this week we’ll be posting an interview with Lags from the band where he talks about the new album, life after Frank, and all manner of other cool stuff. Right now, you should probably go on over to Gallows’ official website, where you can download ‘Last June’ for free, as well as pre-ordering the new record. In case you haven’t picked up on the tone of this article already, that’s something we highly recommend you do.

Gallows Self-Titled album cover artwork packshot 400px Thrash Hits

Yeah, we could’ve used the album art as one of our six choices, but we figured that’d be a bit of a cop out. It’s pretty damn sweet though, isn’t it?

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