Gallows - Gallows
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 7, 2012
    90
    It's the best representation yet of the sheer force of the band live, a perfect half hour snapshot of the energy and aggression they've never properly captured on tape.
  2. 90
    MacNeil delivers a riveting, throat-destroying performance that owns every moment [Oct 2012, p.88]
  3. Gallows will arguably divide the fanbase between a hint of less grit at times and a vocalist not quite harnessing the same volatile nature as before--therefore yielding what is arguably the band's most diverse record in terms of execution.
  4. Nov 8, 2012
    80
    The band's heavy, high-octane assault gets an extra kick of power from MacNeil's throaty growl, making their third LP their most direct and pummelling yet.
  5. Oct 11, 2012
    80
    Gallows may have been floundering during the last days of Frank Carter's time with the band but this very impressive comeback is the sound of a band reinvigorated.
  6. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    Gallows finds them staying the course, delivering high-octane thrills on every track in a way that feels as if it's meant to reassure fans that Gallows are done playing around and are ready to get back to business.
  7. Sep 11, 2012
    80
    Gallows at their harshest, their angriest and their most thrilling and it turns out that no change in frontman can stop that.
  8. Sep 5, 2012
    80
    There is not one note out of place; the music remaining tight, aggressive and addictive throughout.
  9. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    This is a raw, vicious and churning blast of a record. [25 Aug 2012, p.52]
  10. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    This is music with a pure heart, a clean conscience and the snap of a steel-spring trap.
  11. 70
    More than an impressive musical step forward, Gallows does the band one better by showing their true colors.
  12. Sep 28, 2012
    60
    It's hard to shake the sensation that the band have become rather more ordinary as a result [of the departure of Frank Carter.] [Nov 2012, p.73]
  13. Sep 19, 2012
    60
    MacNeil is certainly a stronger singer--though without the coarse and charismatic Carter there's a sense that they are now one punk band among many, albeit still more sonically violent than most. {Oct 2012, p.86]
  14. Sep 7, 2012
    60
    Gallows is less significant than its predecessor, but it often sounds more urgent. [Oct 2012, p.100]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Tee
    Sep 22, 2012
    9
    Gallows have truly evolved and with their new album (Gallows) they have become the real deal. They have managed to combine the chaos of hard core punk rock with a more professional approach to musicianship and performance and have lost none of their originality and aggression. This latest album, Gallows, reflects a growing confidence and maturity which is rapidly expanding their fan base across Europe. It is a fan base that has remained loyal despite watching this band almost disintegrate in internal disagreements. And that is the big difference. This difficult third album shows us a truly great band pulling together, working together, telling us that they are not going away. Wade McNeil has provided stability and is the ideal front-man to take Gallows forward and harness this mighty talent. Gallows, like their two previous albums starts with a surprise, the unexpected. It then unwraps like a Russian doll absorbing elements of Orchestra of Wolves and Grey Britain before creating something totally unexpected and satisfying. This album sees Gallows at their best and coming of age. This is a classic adrenalin driven powerhouse of an album that leaves you longing for more and only Gallows could have pulled this off. Full Review »