“Misery” is a sad, painful, anxious, and venomous song. Sung by half humans and half wolves.
Described by the Washington Post as “a snarling punk quintet from England who mix Motörhead-like riffs with a rage that’s born of working-class British bile,” Gallows were formed in Hertfordshire, southern England, in 2005. Their debut album, Orchestra of Wolves, was released in September 2006 in the UK via Deep End Records. The album received acclaim and caught the attention of Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz, who published it in the US via Epitaph Records in July 2007, and they were subsequently signed to Warner Bros. for a £1 million album contract and recorded Grey Britain.
In an interview, Gurewitz named Orchestra of Wolves as one of his favourite albums of 2007, praising it as being the best hardcore album since Refused’s The Shape of Punk to Come.
The band won the 2007 Kerrang! Award for the best British Newcomer.
Their song “In the Belly of a Shark” is featured in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
In May 2009, they released Grey Britain to support the album. Gallows performed the entire 2009 Vans Warped Tour and supported AFI on an American tour.
However, in December 2009, Gallows mutually parted ways with Warner Bros.
June 2010 Gallows performed at Rage Against the Machine’s victory parade at Finsbury Park in London.
In July 2011 the singer of the band, Frank Carter, left Gallows due to some creative differences with the other members. Carter eventually established another project under the name Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes returning to his hardcore punk roots.
I pretty much stopped paying attention to Gallows once Carter left the band. To me, he is the wolf pack’s leader. Gallows are no longer the same without him.
Bring back Frank Carter! Mayday! Mayday!
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