(8/10) Besides all the musical quality that comes with ‘Undress Your Madness’ the longplayer is a special one for Danish powerhouse Pretty Maids. Frontman Ronnie Atkins was diagnosed with lung cancer a few weeks ago and hopefully he will win the fight against this insidious disease. All the focus gets now on his recovery and hopefully a positive reactions on the new Pretty Maids longplayer provides him with some extra energy in this serious fight.
It’s also an unusual thing to write a review about an album that’s released in such circumstances. The good thing though is that ‘Undress Your Madness’ became a great album, following the 2016 release of ‘Kingmaker’. Pretty Maids, that went strong in the ‘80s with records like ‘Future World’, are veterans in Melodic Metal and although there were a lot of ups and some downs, the band always managed to keep the spirit alive.
Mainman Ken Hammer, together with his long-time band mates Atkins, are a great team when it comes to writing real Metal hymns that combine heavy riffing and great hooks.
After a short intro it is ‘Serpentine’ that takes over seamlessly. The pounding Metal anthem is a typical Pretty Maids one with a chorus that catches you right away. ‘Firesoul Fly’ is next in line and became almost a bit pop-like before the title track brings back the heavier Pretty Maids.
Also cool is ‘Runaway World’, finding the right balance of hard and catchy, while ‘If You Want Peace (Prepare for War)’ is the hot and heavy smasher on the album. ‘Slavedriver’ fires on all cylinders too. In general it’s the second half of the album that’s harder and comes with more edges, with ‘Shadowlands’ and ‘Strength of a Rose’ being the exceptions proving the rule.
Last but not least it is the production provided by Jacob Hansen, giving the album the right punch. Hansen gave ‘Undress Your Madness’ a modern sound by still keeping the typical Pretty Maids spirit alive.
‘Undress Your Madness’ showcases a band that, after all the years, is still hungry when it comes to Metal. Pretty Maids sound fresh, dynamic and agile, something I guess we all wish for Ronnie Atkins’ future too.
- Fire soul Fly
- Undress Your Madness
- Will You Still Kiss Me (If I See You in Heaven)
- Runaway World
- If You Want Peace (Prepare For War)
- Black Thunder
- Strength of A Rose
Label: Frontiers Music
Genre: Melodic Metal
Release Date EU: November 8th, 2019