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Madam X - 2017 Monstrocity




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ARTIST: Madam X
ALBUM: Monstrocity
LABEL: EMP Label Group
SERIAL: 214342
YEAR: 2017

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LINEUP: Roxy Petrucci - drums * Maxine Petrucci - guitars * Chris Doliber - bass * Bret Kaiser - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Resurrection * 02 Monstrocity * 03 Nitrous * 04 Freak Parade * 05 Die Trying * 06 Hello Cleveland * 07 Big Rock Rolls Heavy * 08 Detroit Black * 09 The Rise * 10 Good Stuff * 11 Wish You Away * 12 High In Highschool * 13 Bride Of Frankenstein

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Background
Recently resurrected after years out of the game are original Detroit rockers Madam X. Famous for that song 'High In High School' during the MTV era, the band were also responsible for birthing the sisters Petrucci: Maxine and Roxy, the latter finding further fame with female hair-rockers Vixen. Madam X, formed in 1981 were eventually signed to Jet Records, and by label head Don Arden no less. They hovered around the 1984 timeframe with their album 'We Reserve The Right', but they didn't venture far into the mid 80's, breaking down on the highway to hell, everyone taking their leave. Come 2014, the band decide to have another 'shy at the stumps' (cricket terminology for those who don't know what that phrase means), and an appearance at that years Sweden Rock Festival was the kickstarter to Madam X V2.0. And here we are at the tail-end of 2017 with their latest effort: 'Monstrocity' on Dave Ellefson's EMP label.


The Songs
Let me clear the air first. 'Monstrocity' is power-packed heavy metal. It's more old school metal as can be expected, that has more in common with bands like early Motley Crue and W.A.S.P. for instance. Madam X deliver a far more compelling effort than the recent Autograph effort also on the EMP label. Songs that really set the tone for the album include the bruising 'Nitrous', the crunching riff fest of 'Freak Parade' and the extremely melodic anthem 'Hello Cleveland'. Not to be outdone, their hometown also gets a shout-out, courtesy of the prowling rocker 'Detroit Black'. Keeping up the sprint to the finish line, Madam X deliver more goodies such as 'Good Stuff', a cover of that excellent 80's hit 'High In Highschool' and the shock rocker 'Bride Of Frankenstein', straight out of the Alice Cooper theater of schlock!


In Summary
This is a fun record, and I enjoyed it a lot. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, what with the awful Autograph experience on the same label (lightning can't strike twice right?), and the overtly devilish album cover. I needn't have worried, the band are in fine form, and judging by the quality of the material here, the V2.0 version of Madam X is here to stay. Get some gigs and appearances happening please.



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