By Tamsin Mathias
With two already amazing albums coming from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, our expectations were high when we sat down to listen to the latest release, ‘End of Suffering‘.
We’re greeted with a track entitled ‘Why a Butterfly Can’t Love a Spider‘, with Carter’s stunning unique vocals piercing through the steady bass line. Listening to just this track alone is a promise, that says we’re in for a treat.
Next up is ‘Tyrant Lizard King‘ featuring Tom Morello, with a great build up to the chorus that drops perfectly with Morello’s guitar and the gritty bass that is so obviously Rattlesnakes.
‘Heartbreaker‘ is fast paced and upbeat, and sounds a little different to begin with. It has such a different middle eight: It sounds as first like it’s a different song all together, but this talented bunch manage to piece it all together into one fantastic musical masterpiece.
‘Crowbar‘ is a perfect example of everything I love about Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. Carter’s booming voice with his London accent – full of attitude, too – coupled with the rolling guitars. This is a brilliant track.
‘Love Games‘ is something a little bit different, but needed. It’s the track that slows the album down a little, and it’s also a perfect way to show us just exactly what Carter’s voice can do. It’s got a bit of a jazz beat to it, and the piano underneath all the music just puts the cherry on top of a succulent, rather moist sponge cake.
The next track on the album we were really keen to hear. With previous tracks such as ‘Devil Inside Of Me‘ from the album ‘Blossom‘, and ‘Thunder‘ from the album ‘Modern Ruin‘, ‘Anxiety’ is the latest track that we know Carter will put to music such incredible lyrics.
‘Anxiety‘ tells the story of how Carter sometimes doesn’t know who he is, and how he feels depressed and stressed while he should feel blessed.
Carter asks those who suffer with mental health issues to stand with him, and tells us that it’s okay, that we can be happy and it’s not forever. He understands, he gets it, and it just amazes us that he can put how so many people feel when it comes to mental health issues into something so beautiful.
‘Angel Wings‘ introduces us to the second half of the album, where Carter’s voice is softer, but the bass line gives it a brilliant punk edge. It’s a ballad, without being a ballad. It captures your attention and pulls you in. You pay attention to what Carter is singing, and you realise that he’s singing about mental health. Suicide, in fact.
Carter sings of how 20mg of Prochlorperazine is all he needs, which I’m sure a huge part of the population can relate to. It takes you by surprise, because with the previous track ‘Anxiety‘, you expect to hear hard hitting lyrics. But ‘Angel Wings‘ hits you hard.
It’s relateable and honest and real. It makes you stop what you’re doing and pay attention. Carter has something to say, and we’re listening.
‘Supervillain‘ kicks off (even though we haven’t fully recovered from ‘Angel Wings‘), and it reminds us very much of ‘Bluebelle‘ to begin with from the previous album ‘Modern Ruin‘. it’s not exact and it’s only here and there it sounds similar, but for us, the similarity just reminds us of how far they’ve come and how many bloody amazing songs they’ve written and recorded.
‘Latex Dreams‘ has a fantastic rocking riff, as Carter asks ‘Are you still in love, even though you told me I was never enough?’
Carter’s vocals are so unique and impressive, and it realls shows in this track as it roars over the punching bass lines.
Moving forward to ‘Kitty Sucker‘, which we’re already smiling about because of the title, we’re loving the beat on this and the pounding beat of the drums leading up to the chorus, that has such an amazing drop. It’s a great track!
‘Little Devil‘ starts a little differently with a really unusual sound. It starts off steady, and when it’s time for the guitars to kick in, there’s almost a pedal in the background that gives it a spooky feel.
To finish off the album, we’re hit with the title track, ‘End of Suffering‘. We’re feeling a bit emotional at this point so we’re not sure we’re ready to hear what Carter has to say yet, but we’re giving it a go anyway.
Carter sings with such emotion as he speaks of how he doubts himself as a father to his daughter, and how he just wants to do all he can for her: Her happiness will be the end of suffering.
The track ends with sound clips of him playing with his little girl. We’ve got goosebumps. Also trying not to cry.
This album is fantastic. We knew it would blow us away before we clicked play on the very first track. We weren’t disappointed.
If you haven’t bought it yet, go buy it now – just click here!
Review by Tamsin Mathias