It was in 2019 I first came across BETH BLADE AND THE BEAUTIFUL DISASTERS; they had just released their album Show Me Your Teeth and was instantly infected by the energy and undying passion that came across so brilliantly in their no-nonsense sound. They are now due to release their latest record Mythos, Confession, Tragedies And Love; it’s a raw journey that tackles upon some poignant issues whilst sticking to the core of their sound. Let me explain.
It wastes no time kicking off with the track Otherside. You can tell from the offset the song writing takes a darker tone in comparison to earlier releases and it’s done brilliantly. It’s raw, it’s gritty and it works remarkably as an album opener. From what I understand, this looks at coming out of a toxic situation and coming out strong; it gets the tones of feelings of loneliness and trying times whilst feeling empowered.
A good song can sit with you for a day or two, it takes a remarkable song to be able to relate to it and go back to it when you need comfort, a release or both. To achieve this, the song writing has to be spot on and it is second to none on Mythos, Confession, Tragedies And Love. I can confidently say it’s some of the best I have heard for a while. Below are a few examples of what I mean.
Who You Are is the anthem for those who have shunned to the side for being different and need that encouragement to be their true authentic self. When listening to this song, I am reminded of Avril Lavigne; the first person I came across in mainstream media who said it’s OK to be yourself. This was the song I needed growing up and it will be the song that will help many of us who need a boost and a reminder to be yourself no matter what.
Hold Your Heart is a beautiful ballad that holds a poignant message. Due to the delicate vocal work, powerful music and relatable song writing, Hold Your Heart managed to bring emotions to the surface. It’s rare that songs do this to me so a hat tip to the band. It looks at loosing a loved one through suicide; the emotions of pain and sadness are portrayed across beautifully.
I am personally glad they have released Persephone as a single. As the introduction starts, I am reminded of GHOST song Cirice; that’s what piqued my curiosity to begin with, from that I could tell it was going to be a work of art. I was proved right when I heard the strong lyrics and solid music. One thing about heavier songs is that you can’t always hear what’s being sung clearly; this is not the case here. Despite all the heaviness; you can hear clearly what is being sung and it’s all the more powerful because of this.
It ends on a strong note with Still Not Asking For It. The grungy tones in this track were the perfect choice to match the message being portrayed. I should make a note it’s worth sticking around for bonus tracks stunning ballad I Never Knew and pumping anthem New York Time.
It’s clear to me that BETH BLADE AND THE BEAUTIFUL DISASTERS have absolutely knocked it out of the park with this record. If you wish to explore poignant issues whilst feeling empowered; give Mythos, Confession, Tragedies And Love a spin.
If you wish to read more details about the songs mentioned in this review, click here to view my interview with Beth Blade.
Words: Lotty Whittingham
Mythos, Confession, Tragedies and Love is out tomorrow.
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