"Here Come the Brides" (Sanctuary; 2004)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Nikki Sixx and Tracii Guns in the same band may sound like it's too good to be true for the average metal fan, but it is in fact one-half of the lineup of Brides of Destruction, whose nine-track release packs the wallop both men have been yearning to find since the late '80s. 

From the gritty opener "Shut the Fuck Up," "Here Come the Brides" exudes an electric charge, proving that this is the real deal and not another lame side project by two aging rockers. In fact, the band, rounded out by Scot Coogan and (how's this for a name) London La Grand, embody the rock star stance which Guns and Sixx have groomed for over two decades, as tracks like the scorchingly heavy "2X Dead" and the attitude-driven "I Don't Care" aptly show the band as a tight, focused band and not one member's self-indulgent romp. 

Commercial hard rock seems to be on the resurgence, and who better than two of the founding members of the '80s Los Angeles scene to bring it back with the proper fervor? Taking the music to familiar places with different twists, Brides of Destruction, unlike a Motley Crue reunion or a reformed LA Guns, provide fresh perspectives on well-traveled themes, sans all the bullshit and drama. 

Get this CD and see why Nikki is such an under appreciated songwriter and why Tracii is the unsung guitar hero from the hair metal era. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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