Released: 2005, Mascot Records/Border Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This is the second album from Brides Of Destruction, originally formed by Nikki Sixx and Tracii Guns. Now that Nikki Sixx is busy touring with Mötley Crüe, Scott Sorry (ex-Amen) is replacing him on bass.
I thought the debut was a masterpiece, but this album feels more shattered. It’s time for the band to prove that they aren’t a one-hit-wonder. They still deliver the same mix of glam/hardrock and sleaze/punk. In my opinion, they mixed too many different genres, and I’m not sure were they wanted to go with the songs. It’s hard to understand in which direction they’re going. In some songs they definitely treat the glam/sleaze fans to a real party, and in some songs only the dedicated fans of messy hardrock, heavy rock ‘n roll, and punk music will be satiated. It feels like they need Nikki Sixx to help guide them, because it feels like they’re lost.
The guys are really talented on their instruments, so there’s nothing really wrong with the musicianship. The production on the album is also full of joy and energy. The quality of the material isn’t as high as when Nikki Sixx co-wrote on the last album. Many of the songs are still good but a few could have easily been erased, like “Lord of the Mind”, which is a boring mid-tempo ballad; as well as “Criminal”, “Never Say Never”, and “Porcelain Queen”. To be more positive, we have brighter, shining songs like “Dead Man’s Ruin”, “This Time Around”, “White Trash”, “Brothers”, “Blown Away”, and “White Horse”, where lead singer London LeGrand shows off his abilities and Tracii Guns blows off a few razor-sharp guitar riffs.
At the end of the day, this album doesn’t even come close to the greatness of the debut. Maybe it’s just the lack of Nikki Sixx, or maybe they have serious issues with songwriting.