Burning Brides were formed in 1999 by guitar player/vocalist/songwriter Dimitri Coats and bassist Melanie Campbell when the 2 former Julliard students (he an actor, she a dancer) went travelling the U.S. looking for the ideal place to start a band, eventually stopping in Philadelphia where the band released its hook laden debut album "Fall of the Plastic Empire." A joyriding beast of a record that, combined with a fast growing reputation for their energetic live shows quickly saw the band going national and then overseas on a long run of ever increasingly high profile tours. Sharing stages with Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age, etc, and culminating with 2003's Lollapalooza festival which saw the power trio garner yet more raves for their trancendent live shows. Now 2004 brings us the new album "Leave No Ashes". The record not only manages to fullfill all the promise of "Empire" it one ups damn near every other record released so far this year-scratch that-this decade-that's right, "Leave No Ashes", produced by the Brides with legendary producer George Drakoulious (Black Crowes, Tom Petty) streamlines and finely hones every element that made its predecessor so great and then kicks it all up several dozen notches - imagine equal parts garage rock swagger, sleaze metal hook, britpop melody and classic alternative rock crunch thrown together in pile-up on the turnpike and you'll start to get the idea here:"Leave No Ashes" is a dark, majestic masterpiece the likes of which we don't often see these days, great from end to end and while the bands' influences are worn on its sleeves, this music is never derivitive, always fresh. Take for instance the opener "Heart Full of Black," it tears out of the gate like the hellraising bastard spawn of Cheap Trick's drug-fuelled one night f--- fest with ZZ Top, but far easier to look at, while "Pleasure in the Pain" could be Ray Davies on his darkest day. Closing track, "Vampire Waltz" comes across like crazy horse in the apocalyptic aftermath of an epic bender, with Coats singing as though he's the one out for blood. Every song here is a stone f---ing monster: these are tunes that stick in your head long after the record is done, beautiful and dark, powerful and compelling........perfect. Here comes the Brides, come on let's go for a ride.
- Mark Lanegan - Los Angeles, March (2004)
--- from the official Burning Brides website