Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Modern Ruin

English hardcore punk band Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes have released their second album Modern Ruin. 

By Jane Howkins.

Modern Ruin is the second effort by punk band Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, and thankfully it seems as though they have managed to avoid the trappings of the sophomore album release – a release that often fails to live up to the hype of a successful first album for many bands.

We’re going to have to be honest here and make an early admission. It might only be January, but this could well be in the running for best album of the year – it’s just that good. The style of music that Carter and his friends make isn’t for everyone, but those that are into this style should love it, as it’s musically brilliant. This is punk at it’s best – angry, abrasive, and with a melodic edge to it that instantly showcases Carter’s vocals and ongoing lyrical political message about current events.

Most people considering purchasing Modern Ruin will already be familiar with Carter’s previous work in Gallows and Pure Love. Carter more or less screamed most of the lyrics for Gallows, who were very much a hardcore punk band. Pure Love on the other hand, were rather different, with more of a pop-rock sound going on and Carter displaying some very nice clean vocals. His work with the Rattlesnakes is like a cross between the two, displaying hardcore riffs with clean vocals, and it works really well. One thing to mention is that at times Carter’s voice sounds a bit like that of Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys – rather odd considering he is a London boy. Don’t let that put you off though, as this truly is worth listening to.

There’s something almost a little weird about many of the riffs and chord sequences used on Modern Ruin, and that’s partially what makes it all so interesting. Punk music is generally known for being quite simplistic in terms of music, but here Carter and co. experiment with some odd chord sequences, making for some great riffs that are also at times a little creepy. There’s something a bit unnerving about Modern Ruin, but that’s part of what makes it such a great record. Definitely worth purchasing if any of that even remotely interests you.