They say the third time’s the charm, and, after the breathtaking, ruthlessly efficient one-two punch of Blossom and Modern Ruin, here we are – at FRANK CARTER AND THE RATTLESNAKES’ album number three – at once a stadium sized declaration of intent and a deeply personal cri-de-coeur called End of Suffering.
Recorded in just six months over the heatwave that engulfed London last year, End Of Suffering – named after the Buddhist term for enlightenment- is the sound of a band entering an entirely new realm of the senses, a forty minute rock’n’rollercoaster of molten-hot bangers, scorched-soul ballads and grunge lullabies laced through with a lacerating lyrical honesty.
With Cam Blackwood (George Ezra / Jack Savoretti) at the helm and legendary mixer Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails / Queens Of The Stone Age) sprinkling sonic stardust, the resultant album sees Carter, co-songwriter Dean Richardson and co not so much spreading their wings as running and leaping headfirst into heretofore uncharted waters.
The album also features Tom Morello as a guest guitarist on Tyrant Lizard King. The two re-connected after many years at Resurrection Festival in Spain last summer, where Frank infamously sung Rage classic Killing In The Name to a 40,000 strong crowd, finishing the track with a stage dive worthy of the rock’n’roll hall of fame.
In an age of say-nothing pop and codified corporate rock, End Of Suffering does what all great music should- lift the spirits and stir the soul.
Catch the gang at Fibbers on February 23rd.