Pretty Maids: Kingmaker

Artist: Pretty Maids
Album: Kingmaker
Genre: Metal
Label: Frontiers Music srl.
Release Date: November 4, 2016

The Pretty Maids have come blazing back with one of the best albums of their long career. Their previous release, Motherland was satisfying from both a commercial aspect as well as a great sounding rock album. But, Kingmaker takes the Pretty Maids to new territory.  Needless to say, I have been a fan of the Pretty Maids for years and always look forward to their next release. Kingmaker rates as one of their best releases ever. I was actually expecting this one to be a little more on the lighter side, but the band have made a seriously hard rocking album. Oh, there’s still the melodies that their known for, but overall Kingmaker is a little more on the metal side and I for one am excited that they went in this direction. When most of the bands that have been around as long as the Pretty Maids have been, have gone in a more mellow, radio friendly direction, the guys decided to kick the heavier sounds up a notch. Ronnie Atkins’ voice sounds as good as it ever has and Kingmaker has the Pretty Maids signature sound written all over it. The title track is absolutely fantastic. Heavy riffs and crushing beats propel the song along with it’s infectious lyrics and chorus. Ken Hammer has always been an extremely talented, effective and under-rated guitarist in the metal world. He has the uncanny ability to supply exactly the sound that’s needed to set the feeling for any song, heavy or melodic. Humanize Me is another great track with an incendiary guitar sound that really allows Atkins to explore the musical space that it creates. Bull’s Eye has a great driving beat that never gives you time to breathe until the catchy melodic chorus and then goes back to the rolling train on the tracks rhythm that make it quite memorable. King Of The Right Here And Now and Civilized Monsters are both heavy rockers that might burn your speakers to the ground. There doesn’t seem to be any filler on Kingmaker and every track fits together to make this one of, if not the best, hard rock / metal album of this year. Highly recommended in every way. Whatever you do, don’t miss this one!

Track Listing:
01.When God Took A Day Off

02. Kingmaker

03. Face The World

04. Humanize Me

05. Last Beauty On Earth

06. Bull’s Eye

07. King Of The Right Here And Now

08. Heavens Little Devil

09. Civilized Monsters

10. Sickening

11. Was That What You Wanted

12. King Maker (Extended Version) (Digital Bonus Track).

Band Members:
Ronnie Atkins – vocals
Ken Hammer – guitars
Rene Shades – bass
Allan Tschicaja – drums

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