Creeper’s de­but al­bum is Fi­nally here – and it’s a hor­ror-punk smash

ETER­NITY, IN YOUR ARMS (ROAD­RUN­NER) THROW YOUR ARMS (AND EARS) AROUND 2017’S MOST AN­TIC­I­PATED BRI­TISH ROCK AL­BUM

Kerrang! (UK) - - Contents - JAMES HICKIE

IT’S HERE.AT last. Fi­nally. For all the sweat-soaked gigs, show-steal­ing sup­port slots and drip-fed EPS (three in as many years), the spec­tre of the full-length de­but from Southamp­ton hor­ror­punks Creeper has crept at a pace that’s felt like some­thing of an eter­nity. Good things, as they say, come to those who wait. Great things, it would ap­pear, come to those who hold on that bit longer.and with so much build-up stacked be­hind it, Eter­nity, In Your Arms ar­rives like it’s been fired out of an eye­liner-streaked can­non.

Pro­ceed­ings be­gin with Black Rain, and you im­me­di­ately no­tice just how much more the­atri­cal it is than any­thing Will Gould’s ghouls have re­leased to date. Sin­gles Suzanne and Hid­ing With Boys equally serve as call­ing cards for this new, more epic Creeper.the ri­otous Poi­son Pens and Room 309 are on hand to re­as­sure fans that the mob who emerged from the shad­ows three years ago haven’t fore­gone the scrappy in favour of the sym­phonic, charg­ing along like the ghost of New Jer­sey genre trail­blaz­ers Mis­fits. Elsewhere, fans of both the lush and lairy sides of the band will be united in be­ing blind­sided by Crick­ets, which sees key­boardist/back­ing vo­cal­ist Han­nah Greenwood take cen­tre stage for a quiet camp­fire sing-along of heart-burst­ing sweet­ness.

For all the im­pa­tience sur­round­ing this record, there is, of course, a con­tin­gent that have been un­shake­able in their ded­i­ca­tion; and this is for them, the Creeper Cult. Many bands have used the words ‘love let­ter to fans’ over the years, but few have pro­duced mu­sic that ad­dressed their devo­tees so di­rectly.this is best il­lus­trated by closer I Choose To Live, which front­man Will says is in the tra­di­tion of Rock’n’roll With Me from his hero David Bowie’s 1974 clas­sic al­bum Di­a­mond Dogs. It finds Will purring, ‘Some days I feel like cry­ing, and I know you feel that too’ over skele­tal keys and a lone­some vi­o­lin. It is, quite lit­er­ally, life-af­firm­ing.

The am­bi­tious mag­nif­i­cence of these songs en­sures they’ll in­habit larger venues in the com­ing years, but Eter­nity, In Your Arms man­ages an over­whelm­ing feat above all oth­ers right now. It takes a band that every­one thought they al­ready had the im­pres­sive mea­sure of, and proves we’d all still woe­fully un­der­es­ti­mated them. It is by turns beau­ti­ful and brash, driven and divine.to lis­ten to it is to slip fur­ther into Creeper’s em­brace, which is a very spe­cial place to be in­deed. DOWN­LOAD: Black Rain, I Choose To Live. FOR FANS OF: AFI, Al­ka­line Trio, My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance, Meat Loaf.

RAT­INGS KKKKK = CLAS­SIC KKKK = EX­CEL­LENT KKK = GOOD KK = AV­ER­AGE K = POOR

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