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Review: Mad Max - Thunder, Storm and Passion
Mad Max
Thunder, Storm and Passion

Label: Steamhammer
Year released: 2015
Duration: 53:08
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 17, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Thunder, Storm and Passion

Rated 2.8/5 (56%) (5 Votes)

Mad Max, from Germany, debuted in the early 80s and released several albums before calling it quits at the end of the decade. They reformed in 1999 and have released a slew of albums since, with 2015's Thunder, Storm and Passion being their twelfth. Their sound is reminiscent of the American "heavy rock" that abounded prior to the "sub-genrification" of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal in the mid 80s, which makes sense as the tracks on Thunder, Storm and Passion are re-recorded songs from that era of the band's catalog. The riffs are simple and very melodic, not unlike Scorpions, the vocals are clear and clean in a Jon Bon Jovi/Michael Sweet way and the choruses are very catchy. The songwriting isn't groundbreaking but it is at a high level. This is the kind of stuff that made up the majority of my playlist before Kill 'Em All found its way into my cassette player and introduced me to a whole new world of Heavy Metal.

Thunder, Storm and Passion isn't going to be nearly heavy enough for a lot of fans, so let's get that out of the way right now. However, if you grew up on bands like Rainbow, Riot (the Guy Speranza era), April Wine, Dokken, Ratt, etc. like I did, you'll probably appreciate what Mad Max brings to the table.

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