Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - 'Sticky'

7/10

When Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes first burst onto the scene with their impressive debut album 'Blossom' in 2015, there wasn't an immediate love and appreciation for the band like there is now. After all, Frank Carter had previously fronted Gallows and Pure Love before this new venture, and many spent too long trying to find the similarities between this and his former incarnations. But with a flurry of exciting releases ever since, The Rattlesnakes have grown to become one of the UK's most loved rock outfits and now return with their fourth full-length 'Sticky', a record that doubles down on their driven direction.

The pressure to success on 'Sticky' has been the band's greatest to date, with every album prior climbing higher and higher in the album charts before this. But from the start, it feels like they are at total ease within their aesthetic as they drop one energetic gem after another and pursue more of that anarchic and blistering sound they have been cultivating to date. And although there aren't any wild diversions away from their more familiar ideas and avenues on here, they still manage to produce an album brimming with exciting potential and spread their creative wings as much as possible.

While Frank Carter is no longer being compared to his former outfits, this has given him the opportunity to unleash more of his true persona on 'Sticky', and established The Rattlesnakes as a progressive and forward-thinking group, exploding with venomous passion and dynamic vitriol.

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