Release Date: Apr 29, 2016
Record label: Eleven Seven
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hair Metal
Mötley or not? Nikki’s other crew unveil the first half of their ambitious double album. It’s been almost ten years since Sixx:A.M. released their central Heroin Diaries album, a conceptual affair based on Nikki Sixx’s sketchy drug memoir; squatting naked in his closet cradling a gun, dying not once but twice. ADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads It read like an attempt to keep the wave of interest in the Cru?e’s bestselling Dirt book going, but the accompanying album – fractured, unflinchingly honest, cinematic in scope – was Sixx and his new band at their best.
Sixx: A.M. lightened their load on Modern Vintage, a 2014 album where they spruced up their Sunset Strip sleaze with a bit of vintage glam swagger. The very title of Prayers for the Damned -- the first part of a purported double-album project; the second segment is scheduled for some time later in 2016 -- suggests a return to darkness and, sure enough, the album delivers upon that promise.
Review Summary: An imperfect but vital redemption for Sixx:A.M.Following the unexpected success of The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx and his crew’s music began a rapid decline down the most overpopulated roads of mainstream rock. The reason for the band’s sudden diminish in quality is no mystery to solve: they’re a band who formed their entire existence around addiction and recovery, so once their story was told on The Heroin Diaries, they simply ran out of anything substantial to write about. That is, until now.