Contraband Brides of Destruction - Here Come the Brides (Sanctuary) 2004

1. "Shut the F**k Up" (3:03)
2. "I Don't Care" (3:21)
3. "I Got a Gun" (3:48)
4. "2x Dead" (5:38)
5. "Brace Yourself" (4:04)
6. "Natural Born Killers" (4:31)
7. "Life" (3:32)
8. "Revolution" (4:37)
9. "Only Get So Far" (5:07)

Well there was alot of hype surrounding this debut that features Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), drummer Scott Coogan, and a new unknown vocalist, London LeGrand. At one point John Corabi (ex-Motley Crue/Union) was also rumored to be a member of the band. However, Corabi only ends up with a guitar credit in the liners notes and is not listed as an official member. I suppose it is on the fame of the band's two main musicians alone that this disc received so much hype, even getting MTV play for the single "Shut the F**k Up". Musically, the Brides sound exactly like what I expected, a melting pot of Motley Crue's chief songwriter and L.A. Guns' guitar player. However, the songwriting is a bit closer to "Generation Swine" or Corabi-era "Motley Crue" than the more metallic sounds of the bands more popular years. Brides of Destruction are a bit to modern to be considered "heavy metal" although there are hints of their L.A. strip sound mixed into their sound. Personally I think the Brides of Desruction sound like a less polished Beautiful Creatures, who unfortunately went unnoticed. Perhaps if the Brides gain some noteriety then slightly better bands like the Beautiful Creatures will get more notice. Overall, I enjoy this album. "Here Come the Brides" is actually pretty good if you enjoy Nikki Sixx's writing or Tracii Guns' guitar playing and don't mind them stearing away from the formula of their old bands a bit.

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