Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Goddamn Gallows "7 Devils"

(Crazy Love Records 2015)

Ragz And Bones
7 Devils
47 Crosses
The End Of The World
Rotting Away
Stew Hogg
Sidewalk Slammer
Y'All Motherfuckers Need Jesus
Instant Major Felony
Malefactor March
Nature Of The Beast
Waiting Around To Die
Nowhere Left To Roam
Broken Man
Raise The Moon
It All Goes Away
This a reissue of the US 2011 release on Farmageddon Records  now out in all its splendour on Germany's Crazy Love Records. There's a carnival feel running throughout the album; albeit an evil carnival. Think Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes and you'll get the idea. However, when they're not being the creepy gutterbilly bastards that we all know and love, this album features one of my favourite Gallows ditties "Nature Of The Beast". This is a straight-up folk ballad with some fine yodelling. For the most part though, this a big blend of hillbilly, cowpunk, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly, with that underworld vocal styling that makes for some very uncomfortable listening...but that's a good thing. This isn't your "nice" version of American roots music. The lads are the personification of every reason you wouldn't want to go in to the swamps alone in Louisiana. But fuck me, can they play their respective instruments or what? All the ingredients for a pissed-up stomp are adroitly executed. The boys are the real deal and no mistake.

The O'Prez

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