"Kingmaker" is the the latest and the fifteenth studio album of Danish metal icons PRETTY MAIDS. Building on their rebirth with 2010’s ”Pandemonium" and 2013’s ”Motherland", they are back with ”Kingmaker", which follows the same formula as their previous releases. They’re still led by founding guitarist Ken Hammer and vocalist Ronnie Atkins, who have been the backbone of their existence from the very beginning in 1981.
The album was pre-released in Japan on October 21, 2016. In other areas, it was released on 4 November 2016 by Frontiers Records. It is the first album of all new material since Motherland (2013). Kingmaker is the first album without keyboard player Morten Sandager who left the band in February 2016 after joining Pretty Maids in 2006. Instead Kim Olesen of Anubis Gate plays keyboards on the album.
In an interview with The Classic Metal Show, lead singer Ronnie Atkins said of the album: "Basically we are big pop freaks as well. We like all kinds of music and to us a good song is a good song. Some of the stuff is actually written on an acoustic guitar. There are songs on the album that are basically pop songs. You could take songs like "Heavens Little Devil", basically just a pop song. The challenge is turning a pop song into a rock song."
The album debuted at number 35 on the German Albums Chart, becoming Pretty Maids' highest-charting album since Jump the Gun in 1990 (which also charted at number 35). However, the album failed to chart in their native Denmark.
Today’s tune ”Kingmaker” is the title tune from the bands latest release.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
July 27-29 HEADBANGER'S OPEN AIR BRANDE-HÖRNERKIRCHEN - DE
July 28-30 ROCK OF AGES SEEBRONN - DE
Aug 3 HELGE Å FESTIVALEN KNISLINGE - SE
Aug 4 BRIENZERSEE ROCKFESTIVAL BRIENZ - CH
Aug 5 SKOGSRÖJET FESTIVAL REJMYRE - SE
Aug 6 HARD ROCK SESSION FESTIVAL COLMAR - FR
Aug 11 ALCATRAZ FESTIVAL KORTRIJK - BE
Aug 12 SMUKFEST SKANDERBORG - DK
Oct 27 GJETHUSET FREDERIKSVÆRK - DK
Nov 24 KEDELHUSET SILKEBORG - DK
Nov 29 ROYAL ARENA - Supporting SCORPIONS COPENHAGEN - DK
Dec 7 AMAGER BIO Future World 30 Years Anniversary Show COPENHAGEN - DK
Dec 8 STICKY FINGERS Future World 30 Years Anniversary Show GÖTEBORG - SE
Dec 9 FRYSHUSET Future World 30 Years Anniversary Show STOCKHOLM - SE
Dec 15 FORUM HORSENS - Dobbelt Koncert med D-A-D HORSENS - DK
More info @
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