“Kingmaker” is the latest album from Danish rockers Pretty Maids and it was released on 4th November via Frontiers Records. The band was founded back in 1981 and unlike many of the bands from that era who are around today, they’ve managed to continue without taking a lengthy hiatus and have regularly released albums during each of the past 4 decades. That’s a pretty good achievement! I played the album’s title track “Kingmaker” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th October and “Civilized Monsters” on 11th November.


The driving force behind Pretty Maids continues to be founding members Ronnie Atkins on vocals and Ken Hammer on guitar. They have remained a constant throughout, whilst other members have come and gone. The current line-up is rounded out by Rene Shades on bass, Allan Tschicaja on drums and newest member Chris Laney on keyboards and guitar. Pretty Maids will be touring through Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria next February and March along with Gotthard.


There are 11 tracks on the album and my own favourites would be “Kingmaker”, “Face The World”, “Humanize Me”, “King of the Right Here and Now” and “Civilized Monsters”.


I posted a recommendation for the band’s previous album “Louder Than Ever” back in March 2014 - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/1485-ni-rocks-recommends-qlouder-than-everq-by-pretty-maids.html


Singer Ronnie Atkins has also appeared on a couple of recent albums by Avantasia and earlier this year co-operated with Erik Martensson (Eclipse and W.E.T.) to release a self-titled album as Nordic Union (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/2466-ni-rocks-recommends-qnordic-unionq-by-nordic-union.html )

 

Check out the Pretty Maids website at http://www.prettymaids.dk/

 

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