|Review: Mad Max - 35|
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 15, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Germany's Mad Max took a break of several years between the album Interceptor and their latest, 35 released in August 2018 (not counting the Thunder, Storm and Passion compilation in 2015). Muscular, gritty hard rock/heavy metal has been this band's style for a long while and nothing has changed with 35. The vocals are still in the Michael Sweet mold, solid for hard rock/heavy metal, the riffs simple but effective and the solos are expertly integrated into the songs. In my review of Thunder, Storm and Passion, I listed Dokken as one of the reference points and Mad Max puts their stamp of approval on my hunch with a cover of "Paris is Burning" from Dokken's debut. 35 is smooth, polished and just heavy enough to evoke the early '80s California scene before glam and thrash took it in two polar opposite directions. There's no coloring outside the lines for Mad Max so you know what you are getting and that's a decent slab of early 80s mainstream hard rock/heavy metal.
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