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On disc: Brides Of Destruction

- Brides Of Destruction - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Here Come The Brides

Here Come The Brides
(Sanctuary - 2004)

For a long time there were rumors about a collaboration of Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns. Their history is known. Now they are back and musically the four-some is presenting heavy rock with a modern touch, but also with the trademarks of their old bands. Singer London LeGrand is almost unknown, even if this isn't his first musical experience. Drummer Scot Coogan made himself known as a drummer in the music business. His father asked him to audition for a job, he did and afterwards he toured the world with All 4 One - a boy band. But just as a hired gun. More people learnt about him and he recorded with artists like Sinhead O'Connor, Pete Yorn, Vanilla Ice and many more.
Well, the expectations will be pretty high, and I guess they won't give a damn. Their music sounds for me like a modern version of Mötley Crüe and L.A. Guns. Starting with some noises, then a heavy pumping bass lead into Shut The Fuck Up. This is rock - pure and simple. Straight ahead. Partly the vocal line during the bridge remind me of some oriental sounds... The vocals sound dirty. With I Got A Gun they slow down a little. In the beginning a ballad, then it explodes and a powerful balladesque song comes over you. The vocals of London drag you into his desperation and partly angry world of I Got A Gun. With Life they recorded a very melodic rock song. This one is less metal and I can imagine that this one gets airplay... Even if there is heavy guitar riffing here and there, but through all the Nu rock the stations and minds opened up a little... Brace Yourself sounds like an old vinyl which crackles, then it becomes a melodic, heavy rocker. The songs soon put you under a spell. All songs sound familiar and at the same time fresh. Most songs are mid-tempo.
Nine tracks they fire at their listeners and if there are still fans of heavy rock, of bands like Mötley Crüe, L.A. Guns or fans who like a heavier version of The Quireboys, then this will find listeners. If you aren't small-minded and like good time rock, then check this out!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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