Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
Same here, forgotten abou...
Both albums are really go...
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
You must login to post a message.

22-01-2018 21:32
Wonderful recent interview with Gary Numan.

21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity!

21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2010 Articles » Pretty Maids - 2010 Pandemonium
Pretty Maids - 2010 Pandemonium

ARTIST: Pretty Maids
ALBUM: Pandemonium
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Ronnie Atkins - vocals * Ken Hammer - guitars * Ken Jackson - bass * Allan Tschicaja - drums * Morten Sandager - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pandemonium * 02 I.N.V.U * 03 Little Drops Of Heaven * 04 One World One Truth * 05 Final Days Of Innocence * 06 Cielo Drive * 07 It Comes At Night * 08 Old Enough To Know * 09 Beautiful Madness * 10 Breathless * 11 It Comes At Night (remix)



I really should've reviewed this thing months ago, but it's only until others start raving about it that you sit up and take notice. Before 'Pandemonium', Pretty Maids had been off the radar for some years. 2006 in fact, courtesy of 'Wake Up To The Real World'. The subject matter this time around is similar to before, taking into account the nonsense that envelops global politics, foreign policy, east vs west, islam vs christianity.. good vs bad. I'm sure you know the deal. But hearing it wrapped up in heavy but melodic songs makes the whole conspiracy theory rather more palatable, instead of listening to George Noory or Alex Jones rabbit on.

The Songs
Our favourite global politician Barack Obama opens the account on the well-named 'Pandemonium' announcing that man-made problems can be fixed by man. Admirable intention yes, but I don't think the world is listening. When the Pretty Maids come barnstorming through the door, their powerful delivery is far more effective. Sorry Mr President.

'I.N.V.U' has a modern context to it, still decidely heavy, but changeable enough with gritty guitars and melodies on the chorus.

Some nice trancey keyboard textures announce 'Little Drops Of Heaven', and it's easy to see why this was chosen as the album's single. Very likeable.

'One World One Truth' is Pretty Maids at their best, and harks back to their classic 'Future World' period. Some growling guitar lines and with Ronnie Atkins doing what he does best, this one is an album highlight.

'Final Days Of Innocence' sort of reminded me of Swedes Platitude in parts. The arrangement especially, with chunky guitar riffs, interesting keyboard melodies are all very similar.

Every Pretty Maids album has a heavier than thou moment, and on this album, 'Cielo Drive' fits the mould. Of course, many of us know that this song refers to the infamous 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate and friends by members of the Charles Manson Family. This is the sort of song Metallica probably should've written!

'It Comes At Night' has horror movie written all over it, but I feel this one comes in a notch lower than the rest of the album.

Pretty Maids move into melodic (near AOR) territory with the lush 'Old Enough To Know', with acoustic guitar lines and rich harmonies filling out the choruses.

'Beautiful Madness' is an intense affair, slower structure but with lead weight guitar riffs and a dabble of keyboards to colour up the picture.

AOR fans should enjoy 'Breathless', with majestic keyboards, acoustic verses, and the obligatory fat choruses to round it out. This one also has 'radio' qualities screaming out, but I doubt it got that far.

In Summary
Even though the band took a four year vacation, they've come back with tsunami-like vengeance, and not since 'Sin Decade' have the band sounded so good. Still, I feel that 'Pandemonium' sits lower in the pecking order of some of their previous albums ('Future World', Sin Decade', Stripped' even) but you can't help but feel that the band are back in good form, and this album is well worth the investigation.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | gdazegod on February 09 2011 12:35:20
YouTube Video:
#2 | DEMONAOR on February 09 2011 16:08:55
Pretty good album from the danes.
#3 | george_the_jack on February 11 2011 19:21:08
Too dark and heavy compared with the albums of their past... Hm..Don't know.Haven't gotten into it even after several spins.
#4 | Jez on July 20 2011 12:19:15
I was going to pass on this one, but really glad I didn't now, as this is an excellent album. The first 5 tracks are all superb and one of the best opening halves of a disc I have heard in a long time - nice and varied from the all out rocking opener, to the more AOR'ish 'Little Drops Of Heaven and 'I.N.V.U''. Maybe a couple of fillers later on, but it finishes on a real high with 'Breathless' and 'It Comes At Night'. Belting disc.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 100% [1 Vote]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Mayday - 1981 Mayday, Jett, Joan (And The Blackhearts) - 1981 I Love Rock N Roll, 4 Reasons Unknown - 1988 4 Reasons Unknown, Kiss - 1976 Rock And Roll Over, Hell In The Club - 2011 Let The Games Begin, Shadow King - 1991 Shadow King, Kiss - 1997 Carnival Of Souls - The Final Sessions, Action - 2008 Action, Dark Horse - 1981 Dark Horse, Boston - 1978 Don't Look Back, Anand - 2003 Joy 4 Ever, Beckies, The - 1976 The Beckies, Dakota - 2000 Three Live Times Ago, Yes - 2014 Heaven And Earth, Xavion - 1984 Burnin' Hot
Bon Jovi Breakfast Kansas Rock Candy Records Men At Work Bernie Marsden Nite City Chosin Few Neil Carswell Wendy O Williams The Plasmatics The Gathering Rock Candy Records Zebra Thunderstone Coastline Bronz The Swamp Born Assassins Drive She Said Triumph Torben Schmidt Skagarack Savage Teri DeSario Rock Candy Records Kevin Dubrow Quiet Riot Live Albums Steve Hackett Foghat Wounded Bird Utopia Todd Rundgren Zon Sad Cafe Q5 Oliver Hartmann Civil War Astral Doors Norden Light
All Tags
Search DDG