Legendary Detroit Hard Rockers Madam X have released a video for the title track of their studio album ‘Monstrocity‘ released back in October 2017. Madam X  featuring Bret Kaiser on vocals, Maxine Petrucci on guitar, Roxy Petrucci on drums and Chris ‘Godzilla’ Doliber on bass.

Formed in 1981 by sisters Roxy and Maxine PetrucciMadam X recruited bassist Chris “Godzilla” Doliber and vocalist Bret Kaiser, who released their classic, Rick Derringer produced, Jet Records debut ‘We Reserve The Right‘ in 1984, spawning the hit Rock single ‘High in High School‘. 4 years later, after Roxy departed to join future Arena Rock superstars Vixen, and original vocalist Kaiser was briefly replaced by an unknown Canadian vocalist named Sebastian BachMadam X disbanded, and would remain mostly inactive until 2014, when the original lineup reunited at the Sweden Rock Festival.

Fast forward to 2017, when the Petrucci sisters collaborated with vocalist Mark Slaughter on a Lemmy Kilmister tribute track for their VIP Aftershow project, Slaughter who introduced Roxy to EMP LABEL GROUP head of A&R Thom Hazaert, who released a 12” ‘Kilmister‘ single for Aftershow, and the conversation soon shifted to the upcoming Madam X release.

The album features 12 hard-hitting slabs of Rock, including the pummeling title track ‘Monstrocity‘, ‘Resurrection‘, ‘Nitrous‘, and an updated version of their 1984 hit ‘High In High School.’

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Review: Madam X – Monstrocity

Ellefson Music Production (March 1st 2018)

Reviewer: Simone – The Metal Mistress

The long-awaited sophomore album from Madame X has finally arrived.  With the original line up reunited for this long-awaited production, old fans will not be disappointed and new ones will be extremely surprised.

And if you expected a nice, traditional 80s hard rock return to their roots for this album, don’t! Madame X kicks us in the ass from the first song – ‘Resurrection‘ – and keeps going to the final track.  30 years has been good to these musicians, providing a keen knowledge of what they desire on each track and seasoning their skills.

Throughout the album, Bret’s vocals are strong, flowing smoothly in transition from growl as in ‘Rise‘ to more retro metal like ‘Good Stuff‘. His ability to move from style to style is to be commended. I am a huge fan of Roxie’s drumming but was unfamiliar with her sister, Maxine and her guitar playing. To say what a huge surprise is an understatement.  If you are a prior fan you will not be disappointed. If you are new to Madame X, you will be very surprised with the modern sound of this supposedly 80’s glam band.

The intro track, ‘Monstrocity‘ provides us with the message that “We are back and here to kick ass” –not just repeat. Its new, hard and fresh – not a rehash of traditional 80’s sounds. ‘Nitrous‘ harkens back to head banging Madame X with a retro sound to Bret’s vocals. This song starts the energy flowing that stays throughout the album. One thing I enjoyed about this long-awaited album is the diversity. You can hear in the quality of mixing and playing how much heart went into producing this album. Well thought out, each song is strong, well formatted and catchy. ‘Freak‘ gives us a jazzy intro then flows a nu-metal mix with strong balance between bass and guitar.  There is a hint of circus melody throughout. Ladies take the lead in the singing here. To me, ‘Freak’ could possibly be the anthem of the album.

Die Trying‘ and ‘Hello Cleveland‘ give past fans the sound they love from the 80’s. A return to the classic hard rock with simple, clean instruments and lots of 80’s method singing (ooohs, Yeahs, ahhhs). ‘Detroit Black‘ makes it clear where Madame X has their roots: Midwest, USA. This song is pure Detroit rock – no L.A. fluff here.  It screams balls, teeth and strength. Maxine gives us a good old heavy metal guitar solo in the middle. Godzilla (Chris) busts it out here providing a deep grunge tone to what I consider the best song on the album. ‘Wish You Away‘ is the album’s ballad. It has the traditional slow metal chords we all love from the 80s. However, it’s the type of ballad in which the singer is lamenting the end of a bad relationship – similar in vein to Guns and Roses ‘I Use To Love Her’. There is a great guitar riff in the middle by Maxine.

High in High School‘ is a re-mastering of the band’s original hit. And for fans of the original, this version will not disappoint. A bit more mature, a bit more graveling with some fantastic short riffs by Maxine throughout leading to a kick ass speed one towards end. If you don’t like this version, I would still listen simply for her guitar work. ‘Bride of Frankenstein‘ is my kind of song, Gothic, dark with deep, heavy vocals. And I love that the last thing I heard on the album is the phrase: ‘Holy Shit’.

What I loved about this album is that no matter what type of metal you like, you can find something on this album you will like. Each song stands alone yet they are not disjointed when listening to the album as a whole. Michael Wagener and Mark Slaughter have done fantastic jobs on mixing. It takes mega balls to release your second album 30 years after the first, so have some as well and give this great hard rock album a listen. You won’t regret it.

 

 

Legendary Detroit Hard Rockers Madam X have signed a deal with EMP Label Group, who will release their long-awaited sophomore release ‘Monstrocity‘ on October 31st, (October 27th in EUROPE) on CD and Digital, with a limited edition vinyl release planned for November. Produced by Madam X at Metro 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, MI, and Mixed by Michael Wagener , with additional mixing by Mark Slaughter, ‘Monstrocity‘ is a hard-hitting classic Metal/Rock record sure to serve as a proper return to form for Madam X, and a kick in the ass for fans old and new.

Formed in 1981 by sisters Roxy and Maxine Petrucci, Madam X recruited bassist Chris “Godzilla” Doliber and vocalist Bret Kaiser, who released their classic, Rick Derringer produced, Jet Records debut ‘We Reserve The Right‘ in 1984, spawning the hit Rock single ‘High in High School‘. 4 years later, after Roxy departed to join future Arena Rock superstars Vixen, and original vocalist Kaiser was briefly replaced by an unknown Canadian vocalist named Sebastian Bach, Madam X disbanded, and would remain mostly inactive until 2014, when the original lineup reunited at the Sweden Rock Festival.

Fast forward to 2017, when the Petrucci sisters collaborated with vocalist Mark Slaughter on a Lemmy Kilmister tribute track for their VIP Aftershow project, Slaughter who introduced Roxy to EMP Label Group head of A&R Thom Hazaert, who released a 12″ ‘Kilmister’ single for Aftershow, and the conversation soon shifted to the upcoming MADAM X release.

Says Hazaert, “When I connected with Roxy and we were working on the Aftershow stuff, and she told me they were working on a new Madam X record, I was extremely excited at the prospect of releasing it. After a brief courtship, we made the decision to put it out together, and I can honestly say I’m still excited. Madam X is such a kickass Rock band, I was always a huge fan of their first record, and to be able to release its follow up over 30 years later is just insane.”

Adds drummer Roxy Petrucci, “Hell may not be pretty but good things will find their way out ! It takes a huge pair of metal balls to sign a band like Madam X, David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert at EMP put their love of metal first, and crushed it by signing Madam X ! Raw and flawed, ‘Monstrocity‘ will be unleashed onto the world in fall 2017 ! Long live Rock n Roll but immortalized in Metal!”.

The album features 12 hard-hitting slabs of Rock, including the pummeling title track ‘Monstrocity’, ‘Resurrection‘, ‘Nitrous‘, and an updated version of their 1984 hit ‘High In High School.’

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