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First Impressions: Gallows - Gallows
First Impressions: Gallows - Gallows
08/22/12 at 11:26 AM by Andy Biddulph
Gallows - Gallows

It's happened every time I've seen them live this year, it'll happen when Gallows is released in September and it'll happen when the band rip through Europe later this year - people will leave speechless at the power and intent of this band's new material.

I hate to use the "breath of fresh air" cliche so how about another - the introduction of Wade MacNeil has been the most dirty, ash-ridden breath that Gallows have ever taken. It's worked wonders and it's most certainly the album and the change that will transform Gallows from a very good band into a brilliant one.

The disorienting crunch of first single "Last June" is a prime example of what to expect; huge riffs and lots of gang vocals - pretty simple, really - but it's the force and tenacity of the delivery that drew me in.

You have to stand back and admire the sheer power of this band. Wade MacNeil is a steam train of a frontman - he's gruff, he's furious and he's unstoppable - and put together with a band who've never played or sounded better it's one hell of a combination. From the menacing vocal build-up to "Outsider Art" to the straight-up ferocity of "Vapid Adolescent Blues", drums pound, razor sharp guitars sear and I cannot stop talking about how much this album rules.

In essence, this is the same band that released Grey Britain, but the drive, focus and intensity that this band has gained over the past year has to be heard to be believed.

Welcome to the all-new, same old Gallows.
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