The Brides' metal roots show up on tracks such as "Century Song," an AC/DC-riffing rave-up, and the grimy, slow-throbbing Sabbath-y "King of the Demimonde." But by and large this is a crunchy, straightforward rock album that refines the Brides' approach on first album gems such as "If I'm a Man." Better production brings singer/guitarist Dmitri Coats' vocals more to the fore, and the improved sonic definition helps the fuzzed-out roar sound even fuller. Led by opening tracks "Heart Full of Black" and "Come Alive," the first half is a chest-thumping good time that's at least as interesting as anything released by the Von Bondies or the Vines.
Burning Brides play the Echo Lounge Tues., Aug. 31, 8 p.m. $8