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Pretty Maids: Undress Your Madness
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Pretty Maids: Undress Your Madness

Melodic Heavy Metal Rock

Denmark's Pretty Maids have been one of the most constant and prolific heavy metal bands for almost 40 years. Formed by vocalist Ronnie Atkins and guitarist Ken Hammer in 1981, the band has consistently released albums since 1984 and toured relentlessly in the European theater. Pretty Maids returns with their sixteenth studio project, Undress Your Madness, which features new keyboard player Chris Laney and the return of drummer Allan Tschicaja for their live shows.

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In case you've been living under a rock, or simply never heard of Pretty Maids (really?), the band plays melodic heavy metal, powered by rock rhythm and groove, blistering with terrific guitar solos, and wrapped in essential melody and harmony with catchy refrains to add icing to the cake. Damn. That was a long sentence, but a faithful summary of the Pretty Maid style. And now for some song highlights.

Suffice to say, once more, Pretty Maids offers another consistent platter of great songs. For their straight up heavy metal rock, perhaps with some AOR accessibility, listen for arena rockers Firesoul Fly, Runaway World, or Shadowlands, all with catchy choruses. With the title cut, you'll find some more metal rock, yet with some assertive drumming to get things started. More fierce drumming twisted with sharp riffs arrives with the hard and heavy If You Want Peace (Prepare For War). Something more akin to traditional heavy metal comes with Slavedriver, having brash riffs and a tough bass line. Metal ballads arrive with rather heavy Will You Still Kiss Me (If I See You In Heaven) and Strength Of A Rose with its mix of lightness and heaviness and Hammer channeling some Slash in his guitar solos. All in all, with Undress Your Madness, Pretty Maids delivers another solid album of their characteristic and consistent melodic heavy metal rock. Easily recommended.

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The Bottom Line

With Undress Your Madness, Pretty Maids delivers another solid album of their characteristic and consistent melodic heavy metal rock. Easily recommended.

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