Her Bed of Thorns come out of the gates on Alive with some of the most furious hard rock / metal that we have heard this year. There clear and concise style of the band will bludgeon listeners over the head and take them for a ride. Bad Girl continues with this trend, allowing the band’s instrumentation to shine. Whether it is the splashy drums, shredding guitars, or the dynamic that is created by these constituent elements, fans will be able to find something that they will absolutely love. Her Bed of Thorns take on equal parts Machine Head, Sepultura, Five Finger Death Punch, and even more melodic acts (Stone Sour, Corrosion of Conformity) , all while imbuing each cut on Alive with their own inimitable style.
The band is deceptive on this album; while the tracks feel straightforward, there is a much more complex sound that is bubbling through at each juncture. Couple this deep sound with all-star production, and what listeners will hear on Alive is something that is definitely ready for rock rotation.
Help Me shatters the belief that the chaff is placed on the final half of the disc; this late-CD effort slows things up. The emotionality that is present on Help Me is reminiscent of “And Justice for All…”-era Metallica or even “Silent Lucidity”-type Queensryche. The first vocals happen seventy-five seconds into this effort, but the narration provided by the guitar tells just as much of a story as the tortured Alice in Chains-esque vocals here. Her Bed of Thorns creates an alluring album that will have listeners on the edges of their seats from the beginnings of Alive until the end of Wreckless.
Top Tracks: Bad Girl, Help Me
Review / 2013 Self / 10 Tracks / http://herbedofthorns.com/