Bride - Tsar Bomba

Published Thursday 18th March 2010
Bride - Tsar Bomba
Bride - Tsar Bomba

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 86480-16077
LABEL: Retroactive Records RAR7877

Reviewed by Ian Webber

It would be easy to pass over a CD by a group that released its first album in the mid '80s, writing them off as having nothing new to offer. Bride, however, have always been a band who surprise by trying out new styles and sounds. Their latest offering is nothing different in this respect. Describing the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated, the album title is an apt description of the recording which is explosive and not a tired reworking of an earlier sound. Fans of mid-period Bride will still recognise the elements of psychedelia that characterised classics such as "Scarecrow Messiah", with tracks such as "Love Shine" which features tonnes of flanged guitars. Dale Thompson's maniacal vocals work wonderfully on tracks such as "Nothing Means Anything To Me" with its dark, edgy feel. Scattered throughout the recording are also some short classical interludes of Prokofiev and Bach. At 17 tracks and over an hours worth of music, the Thompson brothers have produced an impressive and inventive comeback album. There are many highlights, but the acoustic instrumental version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" deserves special note. A release that conclusively proves these veteran rockers are still not past their sell-by-date.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Joseph Peers in UK @ 08:35 on Nov 17 2009

I'm a big Bride fan and Tsar Bomba doesn't disappoint. The guys went down a bit with albums like Fistful of Bees, but Skin for Skin stopped all that and showed their amazing talent far more. This album in my opinion shows a sort of mix between my two favorite albums... Snakes in the Playground and Skin for Skin. It has a some heavy riffs and powerful vocals like in Skin for Skin but isn't as heavy, its certainly catchy like all those songs from snakes. I would say the albums genre would be the fine line between hard rock and heavy metal.

This is one of my favorite albums now. Nothing means anything to me is my favorite song so far, but they seem to change daily.

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