By Burning Brides
Focus on the first four tracks of this album and you have a belting EP, packed with chunky riffs, older than time themselves and meatier than the best kebab you can imagine. Leading by example with recent single "Plank of Fire" and punching you in the nose with the 1min 44secs of "Glass Slipper".
Now pan out to the full 11 and sadly the effect is greatly watered down. The collection continues to conjure up gems such as the sharply named "Stabbed In The Back Of The Heart" and "Arctic Snow". But the other mish mash of borrowed AC/DC riffs, BRMC attitude and a Jim Morrison penchant for the rock & roll life, starts to become as blurred as the bands well toured eyes.
There are far worse out there ripping up Pop-Punk-Metal songs and if Burning Brides can live through their reportedly hedonistic touring habits then the best could be yet to come. For now songs such as "At The Levity Ball", "Rainy Days" and "Blood On The Highway" drag the album's heels and keep the flames on a low setting.