Burning Brides
"Fall Of The Plastic Empire"

(V2 2001)Burning Brides - Fall Of The Plastic Empire

The recently reissued "Fall of the Plastic Empire" by Philadelphia band Burning Brides is a mix of influences, like The Stooges with the off-the-hook, no nonsense rock and singer/guitarist Dimitri Coats' sometimes sneering vocals mixed with hand claps and chants of "c'mon c'mon" like on "Glass Slipper.

Opening the album with "Plank of Fire," the first half flies by with high energy rock with Coats' tight guitar solos while the rhythms, which are the absolute back bone of Burning Brides' riffs, are held down by the bass and drums. "Arctic Snow," the obvious first single, is too catchy to not be on modern rock radio, especially with weird lyrics like "Mary Poppins flies among the witches." "At The Levity Ball" begins the 60s/acid rock sound of the album as Coats' vocals are drawn out, sliding all over in a spacey way as the song builds up.

"Stabbed In The Back Of The Heart," led by bassist Melanie Campbell, has a funky Indian-sounding riff in parts (an essential part to any psychedelic resurgence). "Blood On The Highway" reaffirms the psychedelic influences with lyrics of "magical stations" and "rainbows." "All I wanted all my life was a best friend then I looked into the sun," Coats sings on "Blood On The Highway." Before you can bore of the nostalgically Iggy vocals, "Rainy Days," enters with more sing-song, no screaming vocals. With "Elevator," Burning Brides return to their fast pace, working in an interlude of distorted screams over whirling distortion, an effect used throughout the album. The closing track, "Plastic Empire," goes in a different direction than the previous nine tracks. Adding maracas and the plinking of a xylophone, make several rhythm changes before a crescendo, building up to a tight finish.

While the album is only approximately 33 minutes, the ten songs are tight and fun to listen to, putting a new spin on their classic rock influences. You simply can't overlook the rhythms, riffs and guitar solos that "Fall Of The Plastic Empire" offers. Philadelphia finally has a great rock band.