Given that Frank Carter’s personality was always bigger than whichever scene it happened to find itself trapped in, his current role as a larger-than-life solo artist suits him well.
The ex-Gallows/Pure Love front man’s third album with The Rattlesnakes finds him flushed with self-confidence you could blunt a knife on. His ever-charismatic (and now actually bloody good) voice stampedes all over this record like a hippo in heat, leaving some pretty standard ‘AM’-indebted rock songs trampled in its wake.
‘End of Suffering’ is the musical equivalent of dropping Tim Curry in a school play. He just chews up the scenery, reducing everything else to background noise. His lyrics are blunt yet honest, taking personal demons and harnessing them to stadium-ready anthems like ‘Anxiety’ and ‘Angel Wings’, all the while avoiding self-parody.
Carter has become, to all intents and purposes (and against all expectations), a 21st Century Billy Idol, combining punk sneer with classic rock flamboyance – transformed into something iconic.
Words: Josh Gray
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