There's no point to bat around the bush here. Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes have outdone themselves with End of Suffering. While their sound has mellowed somewhat since their sophomore record, they’ve grown as a unit, creating some of their best work to date. A whistle-stop tour of emotions good and bad, End of Suffering is a gripping record sure to be your summer soundtrack.
Showcasing Carter’s tender side is album opener, 'Why a Butterfly Can’t Love a Spider'. The gorgeous guitar tone and punchy drums set the tone while the intriguing lyrics draw you in. The reserved nature of the music allows focus to fall on Carter’s honest words. The foremost theme of End of Suffering is emotion – this song encapsulates this brilliantly.
Taking things up a notch is 'Tyrant Lizard King'. With Tom Morello as guest guitarist, the song takes on a whole new vibe. Carter delivers the lyrics with the same spite as in I Hate You, with buzzsaw synths adding real depth to the tune. With festival season just around the corner, Carter has released this at the best time – it’s perfect to get a crowd up and a moving.
The sweet 'Heartbreaker' and 'Crowbar' are huge sing-along tracks with a groove that’s impossible not to love. A nod to Amy Winehouse, Love Games sounds massive with inviting guitars and Carter’s compelling lyrics. Another softer song, the combination of keys and distortion behind Carter’s existential lyrics add a point of interest. 'Love Games' shows Carter’s mellow side, something surprisingly vulnerable and beautiful.
'Anxiety' speaks to the masses, offering honesty and an uplifting message as Carter sings “I’ll tell you that it’s okay/it doesn’t have to stay this way”. Drawing on personal experiences makes End of Suffering a real representation of Frank Carter and company.
From guitar-heavy, high-octane tunes to reserved ones, Frank Carter’s new record is one of two halves. ‘Super Villain’ is understated, the music taking a backseat. There isn’t a lot to it until Carter’s lyrics come into play, their nature painting a curious self-portrait.
Taking on a different feel, 'Little Devil' presents some easy-listening hard truths. A predominant focus on synths and the bouncy beat shows how multifaceted Carter’s Rattlesnakes are. Each element of End of Suffering – both the beautiful title track, and full album – has been carefully considered to create something beautiful. The prevalence of honesty and openness is a stunning theme. While some songs feel a touch too similar, the record as a whole highlights wonderful personal growth and offers twelve new reasons to love Frank Carter.
End Of Suffering is released May 3rd via International Death Cult