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Gallows - Chains/Wristslitter [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

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Gallows: Chains/Wristslitter [7-inch]Chains/Wristslitter [7-inch] (2014)
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Reviewer Rating: 1.5


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When Gallows released Orchestra of Wolves and even Grey Britain later on, they were a unique—sounding hardcore band. But Wolves was released nine years ago and Grey Britain was released five years ago and ever since then unfortunately things have been going down hill for this band. The Chains/.
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When Gallows released Orchestra of Wolves and even Grey Britain later on, they were a unique—sounding hardcore band. But Wolves was released nine years ago and Grey Britain was released five years ago and ever since then unfortunately things have been going down hill for this band. The Chains/Wristslitter EP exemplifies that Gallows is progressively devolving into a mediocre metal band.

The song "Chains" has a long introduction (which granted, Gallows has done a few times before) that consists of a group of men and women singing softly to a creepy sounding guitar riff. This goes on for about a minute and fifteen seconds until the actual song starts. Lyrically and musically this song is not all that original or creative. Musically it's repetitive and quite frankly boring. There's really only one slow guitar riff in the chorus and another slow, but incredibly distorted guitar riff during the verse. After the verse and chorus switch off a couple times, there is a bridge that brings back the same riff and female singers from the introduction and then the song pretty much repeats again. The lyrics are also very repetitive for both the chorus and the single verse. The only word to describe this song is tedious.

The song "Wristslitter," while it's better than "Chains" and it has more of the sound Gallows originally had, also isn't that great. It too, leans more towards sounding like a slow metal song than anything else. The guitars are so overly distorted that the riffs are hard to make out until the singing stops. The lyrics could have been better as well: "I'm no better than this/I could just as soon slit my wrists" and then right after that the back—up vocalists sing: "Find a better way/Find a better way" for the chorus. Again, there's a lot of repetition in this song and it too, gets a bit tiresome and tedious to listen to.

Note to my fellow vinyl nerds:
300 copies of this EP were pressed in "clear—with—smoke" vinyl and 700 copies were pressed in gray.

 

 
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punkwriter (July 22, 2014)

A miserly, silly and unwarranted review. The original album O of W was written (and played) by Lags, lyrics by Frank. Now the Carters have gone the band is evolving as it should and as the band wants and must to. The days of keeping to a super tight punk script are gone and so are the limitations, but they remain the best punk rock band in the UK and beyond. Hopefully they'll keep surprising us and continue to write and play the way they want as they always have, not as others wish. We are told there is a new album due. I for one can't wait...I like change. Besides their back catalogue is now littered with classics from three (not one) acclaimed albums. We are lucky to have this band and we should grow with them and cherish them as they mature...unlike the review writer!

kylefromthesky (July 18, 2014)

The Carter bros have gone on to release awesome music through their bands Pure Love (who just broke up) and Ghost Riders In the Sky. Original Gallows fans should be checking out these bands instead of waiting for the next Grey Britain from the present members of Gallows.

cthulhuzoa (July 13, 2014)

oof and that video. I don't break out the P-word much as I often find it misused and abused but this was text book pretentious. Think of Levi's commercial meets Lord of the Flies meets Lost with Matt Mahurin-esque cinematography all smothered in tough guy hardcore angst and topped with damn cute punky girl sprinkles.
I'm not saying a damn thing about that neck tattoo photo.

al54 (July 11, 2014)

Both songs are among Gallows best. The fact is, Gallows is evolving and taking punk rock beyond the limitations in which fake purists see it. The band is expanding its repertoire and this means change. Just as this band matures so does their musical range; but they have lost not one iota of what they started with which is why their true fans stay so loyal. Enough said about the Carters. The band was Lags and he conceived it and is still the major influence. Just as Frank made a great contribution until he left Gallows (his mistake), so Wade now brings fresh ideas. This great musical band doesn't deserve unwarranted, silly and puerile criticism from those stuck in time. You can write words but they write the musicâ?¦which is the more honest and important?

ak3punk (July 10, 2014)

*Wase = Wade

ak3punk (July 10, 2014)

I really enjoyed this and everything they've put out since Wase joined the band. If you're an Alexisonfire/Black Lungs fan this is mandatory listening.

danperrone (July 10, 2014)

the s/t was miles better than anything these guys ever did prior, the old vocalist was booty

misterspike (July 10, 2014)

I loved both Wolves and Grey Britain. Agreed that's it's been moving down ever since. The Carter Bros' departure really changed this band.

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