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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Back in June, Frank Carter brought his bunch of Rattlesnakes to the Rainbow for what was only their seventh gig together… Four months later the Rainbow is literally bursting at the seems for their sold out return – but before the main course we had a couple of entrees.

Creeper

Creeper

Creeper

First up: the critically acclaimed Creeper. A band that I had heard much about but had yet to see live. A band that I will not be seeing live again! It’s not that they were bad, far from it they play well and the lead singer has a decent look about him (think Professor Snape from Harry Potter) but the songs and the sound is so contrived it’s laughable. This is a band that come from Southampton, but so badly want to be from NYC it hurts. If you like My Chemical Romance or AFI then check them out – but just don’t expect much!

Blackhole

Blackhole

Blackhole

In stark contrast, reformed Watford heroes Blackhole walk out on stage to a heroes welcome. Frontman Rich walks straight off stage and instantly smashes into the crowd. For the first four songs an uneasy tension hung over the crowd, people were bristling with pent up rage waiting to explode – and as the fifth song dropped, the room imploded. As the mic was offered for the hardcore to growl along. you could see Rich was clearly glad to be back. He may have gotten “comfortable” in the last few years working in an office, but now he’s back and the frontman was taking great pleasure in pacing the room mic wrapped around his neck. The new material sounds HUGE – particularly “Lustrum” – however it’s older stuff like “Forever” which 6 years on from release sounds better than ever. I think Blackhole may have arrived too early first time around, but now they are back and they are going to kick your face in!

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Last time Frank rolled into town he had flu and food poisoning, and yet he still smashed the Rainbow to pieces. Tonight he was fighting fit and determined to reach out and touch every single person in the heaving room. Within seconds of hitting the stage, Frank was atop a speaker stack ready for lift off. This wasn’t a gig, this was a tribal war, as brutal as it was beautiful. 250 people moving as one, at times stacked three high and locked together like sweaty tetris pieces. As the band ripped through Blossom the pace only slowed for Frank to sing accompanied by guitarist Dean, lamenting the passing of father in law Larry.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Instigating an impressive circle pit for new song Jaguar, and even a wall of death at one point – only Frank could pull both of these off in the Rainbow. Songs like Juggernaut and Primary Explosive have so much more punch now that everyone has lived with the album for a few months and knows the words. Finishing the set with replaying Fangs and I Hate You, Frank left the stage through the crowd and into the night. Chances are the next time The Rattlesnakes storm Birmingham they won’t be in a small independent venue like the Rainbow, being promoted by someone incredible like Surprise You’re Dead Music – but go anyway as you won’t be disappointed.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

One Response to “Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes + Blackhole + Creeper at The Rainbow, Birmingham, UK – 20th October 2015”

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