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Review: Pretty Maids - Undress Your Madness
Pretty Maids
Undress Your Madness

Label: Frontiers Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 43:19
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: November 26, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4.11/5 (82.22%) (9 Votes)

It's closing in on nearly 40 years since Pretty Maids started out back in 1981, a good, long run for any band. After flirting with worldwide fame with 1987's Future World, the band retreated to their home territory amid the grunge movement of the '90s but has remained supremely consistent over the bulk of their career, which includes a couple of Danish Grammy wins. Undress Your Madness is Pretty Maids' 16th album and picks up where 2016's Kingmaker left off, which means it is full of even more uber-catchy melodic metal full of that "feel good" vibe they've been known for over four decades. "Serpentine", "Undress Your Madness" and "If You Want Peace (Prepare for War)" are rough and ready rockers that strain to break the chains barely holding them in check. Vocalist Ronnie Atkins still sounds amazing, like no time has passed since the days of Future World and guitarist Ken Hammer can make his instrument sing or growl at will. There are more "commercial" tracks like "Firesoul Fly", which 30 years ago would have been the belle of Headbanger's Ball with its major chord melody and singalong chorus, and "Will You Still Kiss Me (If I See You in Heaven)" which is sure to get the lighters waving (yeah, I know it's cell phones these days, showing my age there). Undress Your Madness is a near-perfect '80s metal album brought into the 21st century with an impeccable production and superb songwriting. This is one for rolling down the windows, pretending to pop the cassette in the car's deck and laying a patch of rubber on your way to wherever the metal takes you.

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