Album Review // FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES ‘End Of Suffering’
Full of important messages and harsh reality, the third album from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes is finally here.
End Of Suffering kicks off with the chugging, stuttered beat of Why A Butterfly Can’t Love A Spider. Like many songs of this album it clearly comes from a dark place, full of relentless, raw emotion. The song sets the tone of the album as one full of important messages and harsh reality.
Second track Tyrant Lizard King is very different. The idea behind the thumping instrumentation is similar but this time it packs much more of a punch. Everything about the song is full of power from the stomping of the drums to the screeching guitar solos. This is one of the songs the band debuted on their latest tour and it was even better live than it was on recording. The same goes for Heartbreaker, however this song has a completely different sound to the tracks before it. This track sounds much more urgent compared to the plodding sounding songs before them. The quieter middle eight is powerful, Frank’s vocals are enticing.
First single off the album Crowbar gave us a taste of just how good the new album was going to be, unfortunately in some cases I feel it may have set the bar a little too high, some of the later tracks living in the shadow of the others which are so good they blow most new songs out of the water and then some. The next song is one of these cases, Love Games lacks direction and compared to the songs before it just doesn’t have enough going on making it sound a bit dreary.
On the other hand, Anxiety is brilliant, the lyrics are deep and vulnerable and depicts the feelings of the disorder well. Live this is sure to turn into a ballad. Angel Wings starts off rather underwhelming but it does get better throughout the song. However, it does feel like it’s progressing to a point then never reaches it. Latex Dreams picks things up a lot more, sounding a little like Spray Paint Love with a twist. Kitty Sucker sounds more like the earlier songs, bringing the beat back up for this song and slightly for Little Devil. The ending of End Of Suffering is unexpected, having Frank’s daughter on the album is an adorable way of closing off the album.
The first half of the album is phenomenal and the best work I have ever heard from Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes. However, the latter part of the record doesn’t live up to the brilliance of the beginning. For an album by a band who are usually full of endless energy and power, many songs on this album lack this, understandably they have always had at least one slower song per album but I feel on End Of Suffering there is more than expected.