Wake Up To The Real World
12/8/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Pretty Maids - Wake Up To The Real World - 2006 - Frontiers Records
The 2006 version of Pretty Maids has signed to Frontiers Records, the growing label that has already signed big tier acts like Pink Cream 69, Winger, and Primal Fear this year. The group has parted ways with Massacre Records, their label home for the last twelve years. Massacre managed to release five studio albums for the group during that time period. This go around the band's consistent lineup of the last fourteen years has changed. Drummer Michael Fast has been replaced by ex-Royal Hunt skinsman Allan Tschicaja.
Many metal scribes have stated that this new album is more melodic that prior efforts. Many compare this to the group's sophomore album "Future World", but that comparison can only be made in cover artwork only. While this is certainly a melodic record, it really lacks the same appeal and hook that made that record so damn good. "Wake Up To The Real World" has some fantastic cuts, evident with the searing "I Am The End" and anti-war anthem "Why Die For A Lie". Ken Hammer lights up the riffs on these types of cuts, really delivering some bottom end melody and plenty of hook for vocalist Ronnie Atkins to light up the chorus parts. However the album just falls flat when it tries too hard to be hard rock. Songs like the title track just simply fall flat, never escaping the weak riff throughout and very simple songwriting. The same can be said for the disappointing "Such A Rush". The band also check in with their sappy ballad entry, this time offering up "As Guilty As You". Much of this album just simply sounds like weak B-side efforts that were left off of solid releases like "Anything Worth Doing..." and "Scream". The band do hook-up on a fabulous cover of Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers". Beyond that this is really lacking the Pretty Maids memorable magic.
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