Power of Metal.dk Review

Pretty Maids
Louder Than Ever
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 21 March, 2014
Playing time: 53:06

The Danish metal veterans; Pretty Maids releases their follow-up disc to the magnificent album 'Motherland'. Their new album is called 'Louder Than Ever' and the official release date is the 21 March 2014. This isn't a new studio album with all new songs. There is 4 new tracks and 8 oldies on this disc. The singer Ronnie Atkins explains: "We wanted to keep the ball in spin and release some kind of an 'in between' album before the next 'real' studio album. Then we were curious to hear how some of the older songs would sound like with the band lineup we have today and in the hands of our current producer, Jacob Hansen."

The track-list contains eight songs from 1995-2006 and the songs are re-recorded, re-mixed and re-polished with a gentle touch from Jacob. It is a good idea actually, instead of re-release the older albums or do a 'Best Of' album. With these four new songs it's worth the money to get a copy of 'Louder Than Ever' to have in your collection. The older songs have a freshness and vitality in this new package. Jacob Hansen has done a great work and the choice of which songs they should pick must have been a tough and hard job. Personally Pretty Maids flew a bit under my radar during these years, so this is a pleasant acquaintance with some of their older tracks. Ronnie Atkins has taken good care of his vocal chords through the years and is the heart and soul of Pretty Maids' sound.

The first song 'Deranged' is a action-filled and rapid metal track with classy Pretty Maids colors. In the next "new" song 'My Soul to Take', they do step down the tempo and deliver a beautiful and sensitive hard rock song with strong vocals from Atkins. Best of the new tracks is 'Nuclear Boomerang' with pompous keys in the intro and it quickly turns into a harsh up tempo metal song with razor sharp guitar riffs and will be a given live favorite! The closing track is the fourth new song. 'A Heart Without a Home': a ballad in top class.

Of the older songs are 'Playing God', the groovy 'He Who Never Lived', 'Snakes in Eden' and the awesome song 'Wake Up to the Real World' my personal favorites. If you just like me has a gap of music from Pretty Maids from the 90's until 2010, this is a given investment. Good choices of songs and they have spiced it all up with four strong new tracks. Thumbs up guys...

Anyhow, I really enjoyed the time with 'Louder Than Ever'. Timeless rock n roll from the Danish dynamite band Number One!

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

01. Deranged (New Song)
Playing God
Psycho Time Bomb
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
12. A Heart Without a Home (New Song)
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 89/10
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 14 March, 2014
Website: www.prettymaids.dk