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Album Review: Eternity, In Your Arms by Creeper

UK horror punks Creeper released their debut album Eternity, In Your Arms via Roadrunner Records on 24th March. Creeper are flavour of the month when it comes to UK punk, if you believe the hype then they’re saviours of the scene, the essential band of 2017.

While it’d be easy to deride Creeper based solely on the hyperbole that has been spewed in the lead up to Eternity, In Your Arms we’re not going to do that. A slight reality check may be in order but essentially this is a pretty darn good album.

If you aren’t familiar with Creeper then you should probably prepare yourself for the theatrics. This is horror / goth punk with the style ramped up and marketed within an inch of sanity. It’s over the top, it’s a tad unnecessary, but Creeper have the songs to match.

While Creeper will certainly gain commercial appeal with Eternity, In Your Arms they aren’t doing anything new. Imagine AFI at their most accessible teamed with the style and popularity of My Chemical Romance. Put the style to one side and you’ve got a ridiculously infectious and beguiling album. Opener ‘Black Rain’ is a big dose of accessible horror punk, one listen in and you’ll be singing along. ‘Poison Pens’ takes a slightly darker punk rock turn before you’re hit with the mainstream rock anthems of ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Hiding With Boys’. Both are ridiculously infectious and immediate. A Kerrang! readers wet dream.

While ‘Suzanne’ could have been lifted from one of My Chemical Romance’s most accessible moments ‘Misery’ goes for the jugular – an emotional quiet, brooding track that’ll be the anthem of every sad 15-year-old girl. The cynic would say it’s a crass tactic for mass appeal, we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and see it as an excellent slow burner. ‘Down Below’ again comes up trumps, albeit sounding like a homage to Alkaline Trio.

‘Darling’ stands out as the best track on Eternity, In Your Arms simply for its raucous punk energy. The rhythm section deserves special praise here, styling it out in a proper punk rock ferociousness. You can’t help but fall in love with the breakdown at the 1 minute 40 mark. ‘Crickets’ is raw and emotional – captivating in its minimal approach. ‘Darling’ and ‘Winona Forever’ see out the album in raucous teenage punk, equal parts AFI and Alkaline Trio to maximise accessibility. Closer ‘I Choose To Live’ plays out as the antithesis to ‘Misery’, unfortunately resulting in the weakest track.

The hyperbole isn’t far off, Eternity, In Your Arms is a pretty good album. It’s nothing new and should be taken with a big pinch of salt. Forget what you’ve heard about Creeper, listen and have fun.

AD Rating 7/10

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