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| 20 March 2014 | Reply


Label: Frontiers Records

Release Date: March 25, 2014

Rating: 8/10

Reviewed by: Robert Kitay

Pretty Maids – “Louder Than Ever” – rating 8 out of 10 “Louder Than Ever,” the most recent release from Denmark’s Pretty Maids, is a compilation of eight re-recorded songs from the 1994 to 2006 period, along with four new songs. Truth be told, I was a little late to the Pretty Maids party only discovering them a few years ago. As such, I only have the first two albums (“Red Hot and Heavy” and Future World”), the last two (“Pandemonium” and “Motherland”), and the live album “It Comes Alive.” So, all of the songs on this album were new to me, and I haven’t heard the original versions for comparison with these new recordings. What I can tell you is that I do enjoy this album, although not nearly as much as last year’s amazing “Motherland” release, which for me was last year’s album of the year. Overall, this is a solid effort that is sure to please anyone who likes melodic hard rock and metal. Pretty Maid has never steered clear of topics that other bands might avoid such a politics and religion, and once again you will find those topic represented here. In general, I think the four new songs “Deranged,” “My Soul to Take,” “Nuclear Boomerang,” and “A Heart Without a Home” are the best songs on the album. All have a different feel to them from the heavier songs such as “Deranged” and “Nuclear Boomerang” to the mellower and very melodic songs “My Soul to Take” and “A Heart Without a Home,” but all share nice hooks and great melodies. The re-recorded songs were a little hit and miss to me. None are bad, but only a few of these tracks are stand outs. Of the re-recorded songs “He Who Never Lived,” “Tortured Spirit,” “Snakes in Eden” and “Wake Up to the Real World” are my favorites. It’s really a shame that this band has been around for so long and is relatively unknown to the masses, at least in the United States. Much of that I’m sure is due to lack of touring and no breakout radio songs, but this a great band for anyone looking for something a little heavier than Journey but not quite as heavy as Judas Priest. Heavy melodic rock at its finest, and they’re putting out the best material of their career 30 years after their first release.

Category: CD Reviews

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