Danish heavy metal band Pretty Maids was formed in 1981 - "Future World" was the third LP they recorded for the CBS label. This album originally hit #165 on the Billboard 200 chart when released.
2.Loud 'N' Proud
6.We Came To Rock
7.Needles In The Dark
8.Eye Of The Storm
9.Long Way To Go
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Pretty Maids: Ronnie Atkins (vocals); Ken Hammer (guitar); Alan Owen (keyboards); Allan Delong (bass); Phil Moorehead (drums).
Originally released on Epic (40713).
Personnel: Ronnie Atkins (vocals, background vocals); Ken Hammer (guitar); Alan Owen (keyboards); Phil Moorhead (drums).
Audio Mixers: Flemming Rasmussen; Chris Isca; Kevin Elson.
Arrangers: Ronnie Atkins; Ken Hammer.
After achieving regional success with their first three records, Danish rockers Pretty Maids released Future World. Fueled by constant airplay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball and fresh off of a Scandinavian tour with Black Sabbath, the band finally had a record that connected with American audiences. Future World falls into some of the same traps that have ensnared past metal bands taking a detour into pop, as in "We Came to Rock," a diluted facsimile of Ronnie James Dio's superb "We Rock." However, the blistering title track boasts a killer guitar riff, a driving rhythm section, and lead vocalist Ronnie Atkins' full-throated Klaus Meine-like snarl. Keyboardist Alan Owen punctuates Ken Hammer's licks with a refreshing urgency that's the direct antithesis of wimpy contemporaries like White Lion and Night Ranger. And even requisite '80s power ballads -- a painful genre unto itself -- like "Love Games" and "Eye of the Storm" sound less contrived than anything that Europe ever recorded. ~ James Christopher Monger