Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Blessed, Vol. 2
2016, Eleven Seven Music
- Barbarians (Prayers for the Blessed)
- We Will Not Go Quietly
- Wolf At Your Door
- Maybe It’s Time
- The Devil’s Coming
- That’s Gonna Leave A Scar
- Without You
- Riot In My Head
James Michael – Lead Vocals
DJ Ashba – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Nikki Sixx – Bass, Backing Vocals
Dustin Steinke – Drums
Producer: James Michael
Yes, the previous album is called Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1. There is no second volume of that album just as their is no first volume of Prayers for the Blessed. Yeah, I get what they were trying to do, but it’s a little off.
Nikki Sixx wasn’t kidding when he said the band would release not one but TWO albums in 2016. I kinda thought he was blowing smoke and though “ah, that’ll never happen, the next album will come in 2017”. Happily, I am proven wrong as Prayers for the Blessed is easily the best album Sixx:A.M. has released since the classic This Is Gonna Hurt! While Prayers for the Damned was an improvement over Modern Vintage, Prayers for the Blessed is even more of an improvement over the album that preceded it. Big hooks, some great riffs and melodies, big vocals and choruses… This is what I want from Sixx:A.M.
I usually don’t rate short instrumentals as highlights, but guitar-only 1 min 21 seconds of “Catacombs” is VERY cool and has EVH vibe to it. They even do an exceptional cover of “Without You”. No, it’s not the Motley Crue song, it’s the Harry Nilsson song. My absolute favorite track on this album is “The Devil’s Coming”. Such a ferocious start to the song before bringing in the hook and chorus with James Michael’s amazing vocals on display.
Definitely a highlight album of 2016 with very little filler.
Highlights: “We Will Not Go Quietly”, “The Devil’s Coming”, “Catacombs”, “That’s Gonna Leave A Scar”, “Without You”, “Suffocate”, “Riot In My Head”