Originally, the main attraction of the Brides of Destruction
for many was Nikki Sixx
getting back to good old-fashioned heavy metal. With Mötley Crüe
on what appeared to be an indefinite hiatus, the Brides
(or as they're known by fans, B.O.D.
) seemed to be Sixx
's new full-time gig. But with renewed interest in the Crüe
thanks to their best-selling tell-all book, The Dirt, and the megabucks that a reunion tour would bring, Sixx
returned to the Crüe
after only a single B.O.D.
album, 2004's Here Come the Brides
. Instead of waiting for Sixx
to return from his tour of duty with the Crüe
, Tracii Guns
and company decided to forge ahead without their former leader, issuing a follow-up in quick succession, 2005's Runaway Brides
. The group has enlisted the aid of renowned producer Andy Johns
(who has worked with such giants as Led Zeppelin
and the Who
), who co-produces the disc with Guns
. What you get is an album that follows the direction of the debut -- raw, in your face, guitar-riff rock, with lyrics that usually focus on the darker side of life, as evidenced by the Motörhead-esque
"Dead Man's Ruin" and the Guns N' Roses-esque
"White Trash." Although he's no longer in the band, Sixx
offers some help in the songwriting department, as he co-penned several tracks prior to his departure ("Criminal," "This Time Around," and "Blown Away"). Also included is something that is sure to become a phenomenon in the world of hard rock/heavy metal -- a tribute to fallen guitar hero Dimebag Darrell
, with the album-closing "Dimes in Heaven."