Mad Max – 35
German melodic rock cult phenomenon Mad Max are celebrating 35 years in the business (actually 36, if you count from the first album in 1982) by calling this album 35. I must allow myself to be somewhat impressed by a band who after all these years are still going strong despite the lack of a genuine breakthrough. This album probably wont give them that, but I don’t think they expect it either. But it’s a nice album that their fans are most likely to enjoy, and that’s probably the point of the whole thing.
35 contains some really good and catchy songs but as a whole, the album kind of wears itself out. There aren’t any surprises even remotely close, and it is all far, far from variated. It’s a very typical melodic rock album like ten thousand you’ve heard before, and that is its greatest downside. Running to Paradise, Beat of the Heart, D.A.M.N., Thirty 5 and closing Rocky Road are really nice tracks, but to make them stick out they’d have to pack it into a something a little more interesting package. As a whole, I still like this album, though. It is a nice album that offers nothing new to the table of melodic rock but still it’s worth giving a try if you like this kind of music.
Band: Mad Max
Date of release: 10/8-18
Stand out tracks: Rocky Road