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Pretty Maids
Pandemonium

Company: Frontiers Records
Release: 2010
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Chris Kincaid

  • Should appeal to the hardcore Maids fans



  • If someone asked me to pick one band from the 80's that was vastly underrated it would be Pretty Maids. Then again we're talking about a decade that by the halfway point shifted to bands with style as opposed to substance. The more lipstick you wore the better! But this wasn't the case with Pretty Maids.

    Pretty Maids have put out an impressive 11 albums prior, most long after the decade of excess wore off. While the lineup has changed numerous times the core has remained the same since day one with Ronnie Atkins on vocals and Ken Hammer on guitar. Their ability to feed off each other is clear and this album is no different.

    Back with their 12th studio album called "Pandemonium" we find the guys dishing out their trademark blend of raw, hard rock riffs on standouts 'I.N.V.U', 'One World One Truth' and 'It Comes At Night'. Mixed in is their dazzling keyboard work which on most songs is noticeable but never overshadowing. It does serve as an intro on a couple songs including the first single to be released; it truly was made for radio--'Little Drops Of Heaven'. While normally I don't take to songs that are this mellow it does have a great hook and is easy on the ears. Then there's drummer Allan Tschicaja and bassist Kenn Jackson who work with one another to produce a clean fill in the rhythm section with a tom tom stomping, hard pounding groove that can be felt on the tracks 'Cielo Drive' and Beautiful Madness'. There are a few weak tracks but not many. Songs like 'Breathless' and 'Old Enough To Know' feel more like the attempt to be commercial that Pretty Maids took on in "Sin-Decade" before coming back to their senses on "Scream".

    Pandemonium should appeal to the hardcore Maids fans and maybe make some new ones along the way.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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