Released: 2002, Skandinavian Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Ken Hammer - guitarist
Michael Fast - drums
Kenn Jackson - bass
Ronnie Atkins – lead vocals
Pretty Maids are back with a new record - PLANET PANIC. As always Atkins/Hammer wrote all the songs besides one that is a cover of Sammy Hagar's "One Way To Rock". Ten brilliant tracks are found on the CD. Pretty Maids have returned to the more melodic hard rock that is their hallmark. The two former records are heavier.
The first song is "Virtual Brutality," which is melodic hard rock and harder in the chorus. For "Playing God" the intro is hard featuring the good guitar playing of Mr. Hammer. "He Who Never Lived" has an intro with the drums, calmer tempo. "Face of My Enemy" has a heavy intro after that Ronnie on vocals with calmer parts when he sings solo. The chorus is more brutal and rapid. In the middle of the song before the guitar solo the sound is like Gay Moore and then comes a beautiful guitar solo from Mr. Hammer. "Not What You Think" provides an example of typical 80's hard rock. "Natural high" begins with an intro that is a good guitar solo and Ronnie is then singing a ballad-like song. Both Mr. Hammer and Mr. Atkins impress again. "Who's Gonna Change" has Michael Fast doing a longer drum intro and then-the song starts. "One Way To Rock" is a hard rock racer with very good background vocals.
This is a very strong record and every song is a hit. Pretty Maids do what they do best: 80's melodic hard rock that still "rocks" in the 21st century. Produced by the band, PLANET PANIC has a strong production. They have recorded it in The Puk Studio, Jailhouse Studio and Studio One in Denmark. Everyone in the band is impressive, especially Ronnie - what a voice! Ken on guitar is also impressive. They plan to release a jubilee-record with live material later this year to celebrate their twentieth anniversary as a band.
More info about the band is at http://www.prettymaides.com