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MAGGIES MADNESS WAKING UP THE DEAD REVIEW 2014

 

MAGGIE'S MADNESS - WAKING UP THE DEAD

STARLIGHT SOUND

OCTOBER 10 2014

 

 

There’s an immense 19 songs on the new album by Germany’s ‘Maggie’s Madness’, though when we say ‘new’ album it’s interesting to note that the tracks here date from the 80’s but were re-recorded just this year with new arrangements and a new lease of life.


If you like your Hard Rock straight up without a mixer then there’s something gloriously basic about Maggie’s Madness that should resonate with you. There’s nothing here guilty of breaking any moulds or paradigms, just straight ahead Rock and Roll anchored by a solid vocal and some suitably chunky riffs.


Best of all perhaps in capturing the glorious feel of the 80’s is ‘Let’s Rock Tonight’: great guitars and  a great groove with a typical chorus made for chanting and throwing fists high despite the slowed pace. It’s almost Scorpionesque, and damn good. If that doesn’t grab you then there is plenty more: ‘Thunder in My Heart’ rides an upbeat riff and rides the clichés just as hard, whilst ‘On the Road’ just makes you want to put the foot down, and soars away.


Of the rest ‘Nowhere Land’ is a great ballad with some cool acoustic guitar and as good as anything else collected here, but it might just be the Bluesy ‘Starlight Blues’ that tops them all with its catchy refrain and red hot guitars.
The very fact that veteran Rockers like Maggies Madness  are out there and putting out albums of such quality is part of the joy of writing for a Rock magazine and it makes you wonder what else that was overlooked first time around is still out there waiting to be discovered.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

MAGGIES MADNESS - WAKING UP THE DEAD - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2014