Pretty Maids - _Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing_
(Massacre Records, 1999)
by: Aaron McKay (2 out of 10)
What the fuck would you call this shit?! Power-metal? Maybe "overdoing" glam-metal?! I'm stumped as far as what to say... Massacre is the responsible for Fates Warning, but I cannot explain what Pretty Maids is doing on such an adequate label. Imagine if you will some of the skill, musically, of Ratt (Warren DeMartini -- guitar), but add to that the pathetic, girl-crooning whine of Poison -- maybe then you'll have a cheap "B" version of Pretty Maids. Some riffing on this release is noteworthy, like on tracks four and six, "When the Angels Cry" and "Only in America". The guitar work on these two songs (to say nothing of the other instruments clanking away like a leaky pipe) would be like trying to patch-up the Titanic with a Band-Aid. If the song titles "Hell on High Heels" and "Loveshine" don't scream to the Musicland employee "PUT ME IN THE WINGER BIN", I'm not sure what would. I'd avoid this if you have any hearing that you would rather save for the next Pantera show.

(article published 6/15/1999)


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