Gallows: Grey Britain (Warner)

2 years ago hardcore punk quintet Gallows signed a £1m record deal, later described by frontman Frank Carter as “arguably the British music industry’s biggest mistake”. Now with their 2nd album, the band paints an even gloomier picture of the nation.

It’s fired up anger all the way as they grab you by the throat and pin you up against the wall for the better part of an hour. Rage Against The Machine producer Garth Richardson gives the band a solid metalcore treatment, but the problem here is not in the music but the lack of a message, or more aptly, a solution – unless you count Carter’s suggestion for everyone to kill themselves. Die corporate bastards! Die!