Losing an iconic frontman is always a hard blow for any band, but when that man defines a band in the way Frank Carter did it was always going to be tough to survive. However, the rest of the Gallows boys are made of punk rock steel and with former Alexisonfire man Wade McNeil installed up front, they’ve regrouped and come out swinging.
New track ‘True Colours’ is a 36 second middle finger to all those who have suggested this is the end of the road for the Watford lads. Soundwise it’s a big departure from the old school punk vibes of Gallows mk1, it’s blazing raw hardcore that is likely to lose them a fair few fans from their ‘Grey Britain’ era, but will no doubt find nods of approval in the underground.
The choice of McNeil as a frontman certainly raised a few pierced eyebrows and it has lost them that raw British vibe that made them so unique, but trying to continue as they were by simply installing an imitation Frank was never going to work, so hats off to them for making such a bold move.
The new track has shades of Cancer Bats and Everytime I Die about it and is lacking some of the Gallows unique style, but with McNeil onboard for only a few weeks it’s obviously going to take them a while to carve out a new sound of their own. Think of this as the boys drawing a line and making a statement of intent, things have changed, hate it or love it they are very much alive and kicking!
‘True Colours’ is available for free download now from http://gallows.co.uk/
Reviewer: Andrew Ford