Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters – “Mythos, Confession, Tragedies and Love” – Review24th June 2022
“Mythos, Confession, Tragedy & Love” is Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters 3rd album and it’s an absolute beast of a record.
I’ve been lucky to sit down with the lovely Beth a few times during this records publicity run to take time and reflect on what this album means to her and the boys in the band.
“Mythos, Confession, Tragedies and Love” means everything to Beth and it’s easy to see why. She confessed to me that the writing of this album was very cathartic after a tumultuous few years.
The lyrical content on this album is dark and deal with a whole range of topics from PTSD, depression, domestic violence, gaslighting etc.
“This album is a confessional, a journey of survival, of tragedy. Our darkest moments exist, they deserve not to be hidden, sharing the pain helps with the burdens we all carry. It’s also a tale of love and hope, of taking our hardship and thriving despite the weight of our woes. You can be your own light. I am sharing my soul with you through these songs, each one a small piece of me, a piece of us, of our story. Confiding in you is our redemption.” states Beth
The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in the lovely Whe Valley(where Queen primarily recorded Bohemian Rhapsody). Having a residential studio has been a blessing for this album as the band were able to capture the live feeling that the previous albums (although excellent) failed to capture.
The track Ozymandias (the title lifted from a sonnet written by Shelley and well worth the read) is as close to a Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters live track without recording a full audience show. She sounds so angry and it’s hard not to picture Beth with both her middle fingers in the air whilst laying down the vocal. She told me that she would love to have Chris of Black Stone Cherry to put his vocal stylings over this track to maybe sex it up a bit.
Hold Your Heart (my favourite track), is a beautiful ballad. Laden with strings, acoustic guitars and a sultry, smokey vocal which makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. There’s moments in the track that you can hear how Beth and Lzzy Hale could play their vocals off each other.
I Never Knew ( a bonus track on the CD) is a bonafide classic in it’s own right that showcases Beth’s song writing abilities perfectly. It also shows that Beth isn’t afraid to strip herself bare of the band and try something completely different. This track alone makes buying the CD version a no brainer. It deserves a wide audience and one that should definitely be in the live set in some form.
The current single Tonight I’m With You is a slice of classic Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters rock n roll with an fun video montage of gig and fan footage. Perfectly showing the interaction and love of playing live and the interaction of fans.
“Mythos, Confession, Tragedy & Love” is not just a pissed off sounding record, The more you play it, the more you discover. There’s the grit of Janis Joplin, the passion of Lzzy Hale, the attitude of Joan Jett and then you sprinkle in a healthy dose of good ol rock n roll and you have Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters perfect 3rd album.
If this record isn’t the making of this band, there’s something very wrong.
This is the best album Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters have released so far.
1. The Otherside
2. Sin Eater
3. Tonight I’m With You
4. Who You Are
5. Hold Your Heart
6. Undo Me
10. Trigger Warning
11. Still Not Asking For It
12. I Never Knew (Bonus Track)
13. New York Time (Bonus Track)