Even with their ranks featuring the immortal rock ‘n’ roll pedigree of ex-Mötley Crüe/Gun N’ Roses members, the leaden Nickleback-isms of ‘Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1’ suggest that Sixx:A.M. are less debauched glam legends and more FM radio puppets (albeit with a penchant for big riffs and blazing guitar solos).
Tailor made for ringing out across a hazy summers afternoon at the hallowed fields of Donington, the trio’s streamlined, hard rock anthems are inoffensive and harmless enough, yet fall some way short of exciting with their meat and potatoes approach and saluting of the Shinedown/Halestorm playbook. The dumb hooks of opener ‘Rise’ certainly have the necessary tools to get a slightly pissed festival crowd pumping their fists, but struggles in terms of replay value and lasting impression.
Sparks of electricity do arise occasionally (‘The Last Time (My Heart Hit The Ground)’), but these are far outweighed by the cringe-worthy nu-metal flavoured likes of ‘Belly Of The Beast’ and half baked balladry of ‘Better Man’. And, whilst ringleader Nikki Sixx may make bold proclamations of creativity and ambition, this first chapter of the ‘Prayers For The Damned’ double amounts to little more than a retread of WWE entrance music values – i.e. generic pop-rock choruses and bombastic if untaxing tunes.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)