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PRETTY MAIDS LOUDER THAN EVER REVIEW 2014

 

PRETTY MAIDS - LOUDER THAN EVER

FRONTIERS RECORDS

MARCH 21 2014

 

 

Release dates: Europe: March 21st 2014 | North America: March 25th 2014



Tracklisting CD: Deranged (New Song); Playing God; Psycho Time Bomb Planet Earth; My Soul To Take (New Song); He Who Never Lived; Virtual Brutality; Tortured Spirit; With These Eyes; Nuclear Boomerang (New Song); Snakes In Eden; Wake Up To The Real World; A Heart Without A Home (New Song).

 

DVD: A Retrospective of the “Motherland” 2013 World Tour. Includes Archive footage from early stages of the band’s career, interviews, backstage, Studio Footage and the usual freakiness.

 

Pretty Maids are releasing material like there’s no tomorrow, or so it seems and this one is just for the fans. After their epic ‘Motherland’ which marked their 30th Anniversary last year  ‘Louder Than Ever’ consists of seven re-recorded classic songs from the 1995 - 2006 era plus four (not five as it says on the release notes) brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the 80’s, with brand new interviews and plenty of other cool material. It seems the band excited by their new sound is unable to contain themselves and if the new material here is anything to go by the band is in the forms of their lives. For fans of the band the great news is that the re-recorded material also sounds damn fine too!

 

Pretty Maids new material starts with opened ‘Deranged’ which has all the hallmarks of a future live classic – power, passion, melody and aggression all in one!  ‘My Soul to take’ adds heaps more melody and simply soars, while third new track ‘Nuclear Boomerang’  is fast paced, nuclear mayhem and perhaps our pic of the new, though ‘Heart without a Home’ is also a top notch anthem.

 

Of the re-recordings it’s always great to see a band add to the originals and the production here (and on the new material) seems to give the songs a greater immediacy and urgency. They’re also heavier than the originals which might lead us to believe that the new album will be a similar affair. Picking some of their heavier material seems to confirm that approach, with ‘Psycho Time Bomb’ and’ Virtual Brutality’ particularly brutal.

 

All looks good for fans of Pretty Maids and is this is a taste of things to come we for one can’t wait!

 


PRETTY MAIDS is:
 
Ronnie Atkins: Vocals
Ken Hammer: Guitar
Rene Shades: Bass
Allan Tchicaja: Drums
Morten Sandager: Keyboards

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

PRETTY MAIDS LOUDER THAN EVER REVIEW 2014