Frank Carter started off his career in Gallows, an English hardcore punk band who quickly made their name as being wild, unruly and one of the most energetic live bands in the world. This made his decision to leave all the more shocking; how could either party continue? Carter cites ‘musical differences’ as his reason for leaving, and while Gallows busied themselves with a self titled third album, recruiting former Alexisonfire guitarist/singer Wade MacNeil as their new frontman, Frank got together with ex Hope Conspiracy guitarist Jim Carroll and formed his new outfit, Pure Love, featuring a wild step away from his hardcore roots.
First song She(Makes The Devil Run Through Me) sounds very Oasis, showing Carter’s vocal abilities outside of screaming his lungs out. Bury My Bones, the first single as well as the first music we heard from this band, has a riff that rivals The Darkness’ I Believe In A Thing Called Love. This song also starts to explain the reason for Frank’s departure from Gallows with the line ‘I’m so sick of singing about hate, it’s time that I made a change’. While it sounds like he sings the word ‘chair’ instead of ‘yeah’, this is nonetheless the first ‘anthem’ that the album title suggests. Other anthems on this album include Beach of Diamonds and Handsome Devils Club; the songs demand to be played live. While there are a couple of exceptions; ironically the song Anthem is a bit slap-dash, it nevertheless shows off Frank’s previously unknown vocals.
Pure Love’s debut album is solid throughout; it flows smoothly into each song. It caters to the stage, with many sing-along moments. It may be bland at points, but overall Anthems is definitely an album that, in today’s X Factor culture, will help to change perception, it being a cohesive rock n roll album from start to finish.