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Summed up in opener Bluebelle -“The worst that can happen is you die” – Frank Carter is a man who’s emerged from his own self-destructive demise. His new record with The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin – is bittersweet. Early singles Lullaby and Snake Eyes slot smoothly into the record but in context, they’re a misleading feint. The singer’s cleaned the vitriol spat on Blossom in favour of a more reserved outlook, and the crisp production allows Carter to push himself even further. As he reaches the precipice of grime, the singer pulls himself back and extends his voice skyward. The suitably titled God Is My Friend substitutes the ugly screams of his back catalogue for crooning.
Summed up in opener Bluebelle -“The worst that can happen is you die” – Frank Carter is a man who’s emerged from his own self-destructive demise.
Even its fast-paced speed can’t tempt the singer into unleashing the anger that’s troubled him for so long. If Blossom was polished-bordering-on-unhinged rage, then Modern Ruin is the journal from Carter’s subsequent rehab jaunt. He’s still able to hit the self-torture fans have come to expect with Real Life’s lamentation “I want you to break my heart” paired perfectly with lopsided pints held high in the air. There’s a worldly element too, with Jackals a short-lived punctuation on the refugee crisis. Although it’s not a sharp track after multiple listens, the message followed up in Thunder is solid. Modern Ruin isn’t the aggressive record that some may have expected. If they’re at all aware about the man behind The Rattlesnakes, then they shouldn’t have bothered. He’s dead and buried, and out from the ruin comes a man willing to better himself. Somehow he’s managed to do that with his new record too.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Lullaby, Real Life, Thunder
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