Wim R. : Madam X? Wasn’t that the band who gained some airplay with the song ‘High In Highschool’ in 1983 with a crazy bass player that played his instrument with his head? Well, they are back with an all original line-up. So, the Petrucci sisters are reunited once more. Apart from drummer Roxy Petrucci, who had some success with the all-female Vixen, nothing was heard from the other bandmembers (although I must be honest to confess I did not do extensive research to find out). With this self-produced second album ’Monstrocity’ the band is, temporarily or not, back. The production is good, and I think the mastering by a certain Michael Wagener helped in this department.
But was it worth the wait? It is not a bad record at all, the first three songs are heavy, but after that the songs are your typical US rock with memorable and catcy choruses. It’s fun to listen to, but thirteen songs are a bit too much. The quality of the songs seems to drop when the album progresses. Not a good thing. If some weaker songs had been dropped (‘Hello Cleveland’ or the utterly simplistic ‘Big Rock Rolls Heavy”) the album might have won in strength. And why re-record ‘High In Highschool’ from 1983 if it is exactly the same, so basically a cover of your own song? I am puzzled. Musically this is not a masterpiece. Singer Brett Kaiser fits the band very well with his screechy like vocals, but Maxime Petrucci isn’t really a genuine guitar godess and I cannot hear the difference if Chris Doliber plays his bass with his hands or head. Next album, 2050?