There’s a new Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes record on the horizon and it marks a new dawn for the fiery Brit.
Frank Carter has been an artist fighting for survival ever since he first stepped out on stage with Gallows.
Whether at the helm of Gallows, Pure Love or the Rattlesnakes, Frank has been adored by a legion of loyal fans. They chant, they cheer and they hang on his every word. We’ve witnessed it on both sides of the globe and it’s infectious, not least for the man on the receiving end.
By his own admission, Frank wasn’t in a great place when he left Gallows in 2011. He spoke to Don’t Fret Club about it in-depth in 2017, but what came of it was having time to begin healing. That was a process which he revisited during and after Pure Love, a project that didn’t quite connect with audiences in the way Frank had hoped at the time.
Then the success of the Rattlesnakes came in fast and, by all accounts, pretty unexpectedly. The rise and rise of Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes can’t have been plain sailing. Even sell-out shows and Foo Fighters support slots have their consequences, namely relentless tour schedules and even more time away from home.
Fast forward and new track ‘Crowbar’ is the first we’ve heard from Frank, alongside the Rattlesnakes co-conspirator Dean Richardson, since he wiped his social media feed totally clean at the beginning of 2019. Visually hitting the refresh button before announcing the new record was a bold move, one that signals a new beginning and maybe even a new sound.
The forthcoming new album, ‘End Of Suffering’ was announced midway into January, named after the Buddhist term for enlightenment and signposted by the roaring lead single.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have since announced their own record label to issue the release on 3rd May 2019, putting control back in their hands.
Quoted alongside the release, Frank said, “I saw an amazing bit of graffiti during the Paris riots which said: We’ve cut off heads for less than this… I loved that attitude. People are sick of being force fed doom and gloom.”
Rattlesnakes teamed up with producer Cam Blackwood for the album, with Alan Moulder onboard for mixing. Talking about the process on his Instagram, Frank explained, “I am so proud of the record we have made, it’s written entirely about the last two years of my life and it’s as honest and intimate as it is brutal.”
View this post on Instagram
I took this photo the moment I realised we got it right. The desk in Alan Moulder’s studio at Assault & Battery. Alan has been one of my favourite producers / mixers forever. He made so many ground breaking brilliant records that absolutely shaped my life. (Smashing pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Foals, Placebo, Marilyn Manson, Royal Blood… the list is long) We went to his studio to listen to the playback of the whole record and I felt like we had achieved something amazing. I am so proud of the record we have made, it’s written entirely about the last two years of my life and it’s as honest and intimate as it is brutal. Thank you to everyone who has preordered it already, I fucking love you. 🖤
From where we’re sitting, it’s empowering to see Frank take hold of his own narrative.
In a world where social media can make and break you, here’s a case of taking back control, soundtracked by one of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ most gnarliest songs to date.
The end of suffering will likely be the beginning of something even more blistering for the unbreakable Frank Carter, and we’re here for it.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ new album ‘End Of Suffering’ is released on 3rd May via International Death Cult.