638812718129
Leave No Ashes

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Format: CD
Label: V2 Records (USA)
Catalog: 27181
Genre: Rock/Pop
Rel. Date: 02/01/2006
UPC: 638812718129

Leave No Ashes
Artist: Burning Brides
Format: CD
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Burning Brides' debut album, Fall of the Plastic Empire, was so good they released it twice. The Philadelphia power trio's initial version of the disc came out on a local indie, leading V2 to sign the group and put it back in the studio to polish the sound of hard-charging rockers like "Plank of Fire" and "Arctic Snow." Unfortunately for Burning Brides, their above-average effort failed to attract a large audience. Still, singer-guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Melanie Campbell and drummer Jason Kourkounis persevered, and their second full-length, Leave No Ashes, is a mostly inspired collection of gargantuan riffs, clear guitar solos and bar-band hooks. The band flirts with metal (the grinding "King of the Demimonde"), locks into taut melodic grooves ("Century Song") and even works up a couple of impassioned mini-epics (the bluesy "Pleasure in the Pain" and the organ-drenched "Vampire Waltz"). Coats has fun throughout, snarling and growling and vocalizing without getting all overzealous about it. While Burning Brides have no trouble coming off as engaged in their all-important second album, they nevertheless come up a few sparks short of reaching the incendiary level that the title and the band's very name suggests. For all its rock posturing, Burning Brides is essentially too stylized to reflect rock's most important quality: a sense of danger. "Come Alive," for instance, is a great song with a 4/4 beat and mellifluous singing and buzzing guitars and snappy breaks. It's just not quite hot enough to start a fire. "Burning Brides' debut album, Fall of the Plastic Empire, was so good they released it twice. The Philadelphia power trio's initial version of the disc came out on a local indie, leading V2 to sign the group and put it back in the studio to polish the sound of hard-charging rockers like "Plank of Fire" and "Arctic Snow." Unfortunately for Burning Brides, their above-average effort failed to attract a large audience. Still, singer-guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Melanie Campbell and drummer Jason Kourkounis persevered, and their second full-length, Leave No Ashes, is a mostly inspired collection of gargantuan riffs, clear guitar solos and bar-band hooks. The band flirts with metal (the grinding "King of the Demimonde"), locks into taut melodic grooves ("Century Song") and even works up a couple of impassioned mini-epics (the bluesy "Pleasure in the Pain" and the organ-drenched "Vampire Waltz"). Coats has fun throughout, snarling and growling and vocalizing without getting all overzealous about it. While Burning Brides have no trouble coming off as engaged in their all-important second album, they nevertheless come up a few sparks short of reaching the incendiary level that the title and the band's very name suggests. For all its rock posturing, Burning Brides is essentially too stylized to reflect rock's most important quality: a sense of danger. "Come Alive," for instance, is a great song with a 4/4 beat and mellifluous singing and buzzing guitars and snappy breaks. It's just not quite hot enough to start a fire."