Review: Review: Gallows, Rock City Basement, by Phil Viles
This tour is something of a road test for Gallows, their first major tour without their talismanic front man Frank Carter.
For some he was the emblematic image of the band, with his heavily-inked upper body and flaming red hair.
So those ardent devotees who have remained loyal to the band are eager to see new front man and former Alexisonfire howler Wade MacNeil.And they weren't disappointed. If Carter's boots were big to fill, Canadian MacNeil's fit like a glass slipper.
His caustic howls and acerbic yelps continue the Gallows philosophy, but he's also witty, articulate and responsive, engaging with the throng continually.
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As gnarled, hardcore metallic noise pierces the sweaty atmosphere, Wade strides along the bar, as if it's an extension of the stage built solely for him.
While this is a new chapter for the band, old favourites aren't ignored. 'In the Belly of a Shark', perhaps their biggest success, is epic, while set closer 'Orchestra of Wolves' knits together band and audience in the moshpit, surfing on a sea of arms in unison.
Wade returns shirtless, having been stripped almost bare by the baying mob. He's answered the question of whether or not this band can progress without their icon. Now the only question is: who's Frank Carter?