Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters are from Cardiff and are made up of Beth Blade on Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Craig Manning on Lead Guitar, Nicko Godwin on Bass and Sam Brain on Drums. They have supported Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders) and have recently completed 2 full UK tours with Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy / Whitesnake / The Dead Daisies). This album was recorded by Nick Brine (Thunder, The Darkness, Bruce Springsteen) and mastered by Pete Maher (The Rolling Stones) after being funded by a successful Pledge Music campaign.
Hell Yeah storms in with distorted guitars and bass with throbbing drums and pretty much sets the scene for the rest of the album. This song is full of swagger “if you’re not on board, you’re wasting my time”, and has a very catchy and repeatable chorus. Beth’s vocals have a gritty quality whilst the guitars sweep upwards with some rising riffs, that add texture to this track
Bad Habit opens with a scream and heavy guitars, the lyrics storm along with earthy guitars and hard hitting drums. I can imagine this track getting great radio play. It has an interesting middle section with guitar battling ensuing. There is enough here to hold your interest and keep you listening for more.
Beautiful Disaster swirls and winds around, Beth’s vocals show a snarly quality but it is the guitars that lead you into this track with its singing riffs and whirling sounds. They then snarl back as they build into the height of this track.
Down and Dirty has a raunchy feel, it pulses along with Beth’s vocals rising to saturation. The lead in to the chorus certainly had my head nodding and toes tapping along. There are reaching riffs, underpinned with fuzzy bass lines and great drums.
Poster Girl for Pain is a more soulful, the pain can be heard in Beth’s vocals that whisper ethereally. Then whole track has an otherworldly feel for me which is compounded by the ending that shimmers with cymbals and distorted bass.
This Bitch Bites has drama from the start with a pounding drum beat which sets out the attitude for this track. “I don’t want you, I don’t need you” is the battle cry, it shows the full on, take on all attitude that this album has spades. It has a very clever drum section in the middle of the track, which gives some relief from the full frontal assault on your senses.
Hell in High Heals starts with a blast and does not let up. The driving bass line, combined with heavy drum beat overlaid by a distorted and climatic riff that groans and shimmers its waves of magic into this track.
If You’re Ready to Rock begins with a cowbell counting us in, then eases into the heavy guitar that you will have, by now, become accustomed to. This song contains the lyrics “when you’re raised on rock n roll it’s in your blood, it’s in your soul, the beat of the drum, the roar of the crowd, don’t you know we love it loud” which I am sure, will make the majority of listeners smile as they think “yeah that’s me”. It has classic rock riffs, banging drums, hand claps combined with catchy, sing along lyrics.
Angel with A Dirty Face starts with a different feeling to the other tracks, it is more soulful, Beth’s voice contains a sombre quality. The vocals weave in and out of the drum pulse and sorrowful guitars. You can really get a feel for the quality of Beth’s vocals in this song.
The final track Legends Never Die, is a homage to rock and roll from the past with name drops to Appetite for Destruction, Ace of Spades, Running with the Devil to name but a few. It is another classic, guitar heavy, pounding track but one that I think listeners and audiences will have great fun with trying to name all of the mentions.
Album reminds me the Tequila Mockinbryds for the swagger and girl power attitude with its accept me for what I am or f**k off. Other similarities could be drawn from Halestorm, Sky Valley Mistress and Voodoo Blood, although all of these strong, female vocalists bring their own edge and personality to their songs.