"Motherland", the new album from veteran Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS, has registered the following first-week chart positions:
Denmark: #3 Switzerland: #29 Germany: #71
"Motherland" was released on March 22 in Europe and March 26 in North America via Frontiers Records.
After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album "Pandemonium", PRETTY MAIDS celebrated their 30th anniversary with their debut visual release, "It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)", in 2012. "Pandemonium" showed the world that PRETTY MAIDS were in a creative spring again, with the band in their finest moment. The melodic approach brought a return to the "Future World" / "Red Hot And Heavy" era of the Eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidated PRETTY MAIDS as strong as ever.
In late spring 2012, the band gathered to finally write the follow-up album. Singer Ronnie Atkins states: "We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow. I remember back in the day when we had to follow-up albums like 'Future World', we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that's what became 'Motherland'."
The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE) for the new CD. Ronnie says: "Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing the 'Pandemonium' album. The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress. Though I really feel strongly about 'Motherland'. In my view, it has all the ingredients of a good PRETTY MAIDS album, maybe even more melodic than 'Pandemonium' and absolutely, as far as I'm concerned a worthy follow-up."
"Motherland" track listing:
01. Mother Of All Lies 02. To Fool A Natio 03. Confession 04. The Iceman 05. Sad To See You Suffer 06. Hooligan 07. Infinity 08. Why So Serious 09. Motherland 10. I See Ghosts 11. Bullet For You 12. Who What Where When Why 13. Wasted
PRETTY MAIDS will play numerous festivals this summer, such as Wacken Open Air and Bang Your Head!!!, followed by an extensive world tour in support of "Motherland".
PRETTY MAIDS is:
Ronnie Atkins - Vocals Ken Hammer - Guitars Morten Sandager - Keyboards Allan Tschicaja - Drums Rene Shades - Bass