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Brides of Destruction
Here Come The Brides
March 2004
Released: 2004, Sanctuary Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

You know when you mix together Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe fame, and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns, that the outcome has the potential to kick copious amount of ass! I’ve been anticipating the release of this album for quite a few months. Last year a number of tracks were made available online, but I held out for the real CD and it was worth the wait.



Coming in as a cross between the Crüe, L.A. Guns, SLAVE TO THE GRIND era Skid Row, and for added heaviness on a few songs a tiny bit of modern thrash elements, the Brides of Destruction present sleazy 80’s METAL in a modern light without adopting any of the dreaded mallcore (nu-shit) elements. This doesn’t sound dated so don’t worry, or don’t expect SHOUT AT THE DEVIL PT. II either unfortunately. On songs like “Life” or “Only Get So Far” it sounds nothing like the aforementioned bands or styles. Where the CD is strongest is when the band plays more aggressive material. The CD opens with the bluntly titled “Shut The F**k Up” which is the heaviest and best track on the CD. The guitar tone is raw and in your face. This is not the over polished metal that most all popular 80’s metal bands became wrongfully lumped in with. This is somewhat punk in attitude but metal in sound. This is followed up with “I Don’t Care” which is all about the groove. It’s hooks dig deep and after just a couple listens you’ll be yelling along with lines like “Strung out electric, sipping antiseptic, drop you like a hand grenade. Murder city devil, never on the level, kill you with my serenade.” Classic! Although I like all the songs on here, some highlights for me would also include “Brace Yourself” with a great vocal melody on the chorus. Newcomer, London LeGrand, gets to shine on this one and proves here and throughout the album that the veteran band members made the right call in getting him in the band. For those looking for a potential hit, which could potentially crack the band into hard rock radio, that would be “Life” with it’s strong melodies and a bit of a Mötley Crüe feel. Another hot spot is the heavier “Revolution”. LeGrand is able to sing in slightly different voices to suit the songs. There is the less used more aggressive screaming style similar to John Corabi (ex-The Scream, ex-Motley Crüe, ex-Brides of Destruction) to more of a Chris Cornell / L.A. Guns vibe like in another of the album’s better moments “Natural Born Killers”. The bottom line is the strength that exists in the song writing team of Nikki and Tracii. I hope this album is not a one off and we can get a new one of this calibre every year!



It’s about time someone form the Mötley camp has done an album that is worthy of standing proudly alongside the Crüe classics. Tommy Lee hasn’t been able to do it with his disjointed solo career. Vince Neil was pretty damn close on his first solo album (EXPOSED) with Billy Idol guitarist extraordinaire Steve Stevens but after that did one other solo album that was so-so and now tours contentedly sticking with Crüe classics. Lastly, Mick Mars is unfortunately in hibernation most likely due to medical reasons. It’s the Brides of Destruction that make me ALMOST not think too much about the absence of new Crüe albums every year. This is also the best thing that Tracii Guns has done since the self titled L.A. Guns album, it’s that good. If you like the bands from which these 2 guys originate, chances are you’ll love this album.
Track Listing

1. Shut The F**k Up
2. I Don't Care
3. Two Times Dead
4. Brace Yourself
5. I Got A Gun
6. Life
7. Natural Born Killers
8. Revolution
9. Only Get So Far

Lineup

Nikki Sixx - bass
Tracii Guns - guitars
London LeGrand - vocals
Scott Coogan – drums

Other reviews

» Here Come The Brides
by EvilG

» Here Come The Brides
by Anders Sandvall

» Runaway Brides
by Celtic Bob

» Runaway Brides
by Anders Sandvall


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Brides of Destruction
Here Come The Brides
August 2004
Released: 2004, Mayan Records/Sanctuary Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Bass player Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) has formed this new band. I think you already know Mr. Sixx and Mötley Crüe. When they were laying low and fighting with each other, Sixx decided to start up Brides Of Destruction with another famous man from L.A Guns, Tracii Guns. Scot Coogan isn’t a newcomer either, as he’s been in the boy band All 4 One and played with Vanilla Ice and Sinead O’Connor. The only unknown person in this all-star band is singer London LaGrand. The band originally started with another drummer, Kris Kohls from Adema and he plays on some of the songs here, but he left when his band went into the studio. John Carabi (Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Union) was also a part of the group in the beginning as an additional guitar player, but he’s no longer part of the band either.



Most of the nine songs were written by Sixx and Guns, but LaGrand helped out on a few. The album was recorded at Klown Studios in Santa Monica, CA by Stevo Bruno and mixed by Steve Thompson at Long View Farm Studios. Bruno has created a very garage-like/dirty soundscape with a lot of attitude and space for the guitars and lead vocals.



Brides Of Destruction gives a bit of a shattered impression at first, as it feels like they have problems deciding what style of music they’re going to play. The style is everything from sweaty glam/sleaze/punk rock ’n roll with a lot of attitude to slow and up-tempo ballads.



The album opens up real hard with the first track “Shut The Fuck Up” which is a fast/hard/ straight in your face sleaze rock ’n roll track. Guitar and lead vocals are at the top of the mix and LaGrand has a lot of support in the chorus. Before you have time to catch your breath they fire into the next song "I Don’t Care" which is also a glam/sleaze track but without the punk influences. The tempo slows down on the following track “I Gotta Gun” which goes really slow in the verses. LaGrand’s vocals are mixed to the top and the music stands back a bit. In the choruses the tempo rises and Guns turns up his guitar a notch. This song is an up-tempo ballad. “2x Dead” is a straight dirty rock ’n roll track with a lot of attitude. LaGrand and Guns both take a big part in the mix. “Brace Yourself” is also a dirty track like the previous one with a lot of tempo changes. The song isn’t particularly fast but still heavy. The next track is “Natural Born Killers” where the music is heavy rock ’n roll influenced by ‘60s retro rock. This track falls out of the framework of what the previous songs sound like. “Life” has an intro with only guitar and vocals before the rest of the band joins in. There are some glam/sleaze tendencies but most of the song evolves around heavy rock ’n roll. The only thing LaGrand sings in “Revolution” is the chorus ‘cause it’s not much of a verse here. The final track is “Only Get So Far,” which is a slow ballad where LaGrand shows that he’s got a really broad vocal range. This song has big potential to become a radio hit. Guns shows that he’s really skilled on guitar and that he can play more than just dirty riffs and sharp guitar solos.



Even though HERE COMES THE BRIDES sometimes sounds a bit shattered, it’s not bad at all. With Mötley Crüe taking a break, Sixx has delivered the strongest record anyone in his old band has ever done. Vince Neil’s solo albums are below standard, Tommy Lee’s Methods Of Mayhem didn’t impress either, as well as his solo album NEVER A DULL MOMENT.



If Brides Of Destruction can decide which musical direction they want to go in the future they could go really far. Anyone who likes Mötley Crüe should take a closer look at this new band ‘cause this an excellent substitute while you wait for things to happen in the Crüe camp. Brides Of Destruction has been playing in Europe this summer to support HCTB.



My personal favorite tracks are “Shut The Fuck Up”; “I Don’t Care”; “ I Gotta Gun” and “2x Dead”.
Track Listing

1. Shut The Fuck Up
2. I Don’t Care
3. I Gotta Gun
4. 2x Dead
5. Brace Yourself
6. Natural Born Killers
7. Life
8. Revolution
9. Only Get So Far

Lineup

Nikki Sixx – bass, vocals
Tracii Guns – guitars, vocals
Scot Coogan – drums, vocals
London LeGrand – lead vocals

Other reviews

» Here Come The Brides
by EvilG

» Here Come The Brides
by Anders Sandvall

» Runaway Brides
by Celtic Bob

» Runaway Brides
by Anders Sandvall


Next review: » Brides of Destruction - Runaway Brides
Previous review: » Bride Adorned - The Grey Eminence (demo)





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