My hometown heroes Pretty
Maids is a real institution in Danish Metal. Founded in 1982 by
guitarist Ken Hammer and vocalist Ronnie Atkins. Some 28 years later,
they are ready with "Pandemonium," their 13th studio album. Pretty
Maids has always been a force to be reckoned with. Even though the
lineup has changed many times over the years, the core of the band has
always remained the same. "Pandemonium" introduces a new guy on
keyboards, Morten Sandager (Ex-Mercenary).
captures the spirit of the "Red, Hot and Heavy/Future World"-era
perfectly in modern wrapping, where new guy Morten has had a strong and
healthy influence on the sound. But the focal point is still Ken's
razor-sharp guitar riffs and leads, and Ronnie's hoarse and unique voice.
Pretty Maids has never strayed away from the safe path they set
out on so long ago, but has been able to reinvent themselves without
repeating themselves. Their sound and trademarks remain the same, and
they are easy to pick out in a crowd.
keeps a high energy level throughout the entire album, something they
have struggled with on some of their latest releases. The song writing
belongs among their best moments ever. The album is packed with classic
Pretty Maids songs, all of them at a very high level.
the band is as strong as ever, and as a lifelong fan of the band, I must
say that they have — finally — surpassed my expectations. Pretty
Maids has made an album that is only just shy of the two "big ones."