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Burning Brides - "Hang Love" (CD)

Burning Brides - "Hang Love" CD cover image

"Hang Love" track listing:

1. Ring Around The Rosary
2. San Diego
3. She Comes To Me
4. Waring Street
5. Your Nation Will Die
6. Unglued
7. Poor House
8. Feel No Shame
9. Hang Love
10. And I'm Free

Reviewed by on January 25, 2012

"Chock-full of radio-friendy arty alt-metal sounds that flirt with the likes of Foo Fighters, Jane's Addiction and Led Zeppelin, Burning Brides' 2007 disc 'Hang Love' will please those who like their hard rock with a pop sheen."

Chock-full of radio-friendy arty alt-metal sounds that flirt with the likes of Foo Fighters, Jane's Addiction and Led Zeppelin, Burning Brides' 2007 disc "Hang Love" will please those who like their hard rock with a pop sheen. That said, it's that pop veneer that also makes some of the album feel a bit forgettable.

The band, at that time, consisted of the Dimitri Coats on guitar and vocals, his wife Melanie on bass, and drummer Pete Beeman. Dimitri Coats is definitely the star attraction here, fueling "She Comes To Me" with a riff in the Jimmy Page mold, and delivering vocals in a way that's reminiscent of Dave Grohl in the choruses and has echoes of Jane's Addiction's Perry Ferrell in the verses.

The Sabbath stomp of "Your Nation Will Die" is the heaviest track on the disc, and was apparently inspired by the fact that the band toured with Mastodon at one point. "Poor House," with its Foo Fighters feel is another highlight, as is the droning "Hang Love." The heavy boogie of "Feel No Shame" is made for cranking up in your Camaro with the windows rolled down.

On the other hand, there are plenty of forgettable tracks on the album, starting with the opener, "Ring Around The Rosary" and "San Diego." The incredibly saccharine "Unglued" is a typical FM radio slow rocker full of tired cliches ("falling from the sky," "whatever gets you through the night," etc.).

Those who enjoy plenty of pop in their hard rock diet will find a lot to love in Burning Brides' "Hang Love." But if you're looking for a little more substance, this arty alt-rock album isn't the place for it.

Highs: "She Comes To Me," "Poor House" and "Hang Love."

Lows: "Ring Around The Rosary" and "San Diego."

Bottom line: Poppy, arty alt-metal that is sometimes lacking in substance.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)