Power of Metal.dk Review

Pretty Maids
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Release date: 22 March, 2013
Playing time: 50:45

One of the best albums in 2010 (in my personal opinion) was 'Pandemonium' from the Danish dynamite rockers Pretty Maids! It's time for them to show the world that it wasn't a  lucky shot from the rock 'n' roll veterans. The double live album 'It comes Alive' from last year was also a great album and their show in Umeå on July the 6th was awesome. I stood in the front row and their energy on stage was amazing. Thanks!

Anyhow, Motherland is an album that has much to live up to. 'Mother of All Lies' wipes away all my suspicions that they had lost the burning spark attributed after the last album, which was a revival. They are loaded to the maximum, and are willing to entertain us with another well-filled disc with melodic and mature hard rock! Ronnie Atkins on vocals still has the big tones in his voice and together with Ken Hammer on guitar they deliver several powerful and melodic songs. 'To Fool A Nation' is one of the strongest tracks on 'Motherland' with strong guitar riffs and high powerful vocals.

The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe) for the new CD. Ronnie says: “Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing the Pandemonium album. So, why change a winning team"? 'Confession' is a solid track with the characteristic Pretty Maids swing. Ken lifts the track 'Ice Man' into one of the shining gems on the album. 'Sad to See You Suffer' is a melodic rock tune with adult sound and is a song for the loving couples. The opposite is the song 'Hooligan' with stiff hard guitars and aggressive vocals and a lot of testosterone. The pendulum swings back and 'Infinity', an emotional ballad with beautiful vocals and stylish keyboards play from Morten Sandager breaks the tough attitude. Overall, 'Motherland' is more melodic than 'Pandemonium'.

Pretty Maids is like your favourite beer. You know what you get, no surprises and satisfaction every time. The title track is a burnout on the asphalt and a up-tempo song in classic Pretty Maids sound with raw hard rock guitars, a Ronnie in top form and keyboards, which weaves it all together into a fat wall of sound. I like the mix of faster metal tracks ('I See Ghosts') and the calmer and more mature songs ('Bullet For You'), because I find many favourite songs depending on my own personal mood. The closing track 'Wasted' is one the songs that I put on my best of track list.

If you already are a fan of the Danish band you know what to expect and if you've never heard of these guys before...It's about fucking time to check them out! Thumbs up!

Ronnie Atkins - vocals
Ken Hammer - guitars
Morten Sandager - keyboard
Allan Tschicaja - drums
Rene Shades - bass

01. Mother Of All Lies
To Fool A Nation
The Iceman
Sad To See You Suffer
Why So Serious?
I See Ghosts
11. Bullet For You
12. Who What Where When Why
13. Wasted
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 93/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 8 March, 2013
Website: www.prettymaids.dk