Idealism is, as we all know, an inherent character trait that you can neither learn nor unlearn. In other words: You either have it or you don’t. Mad Max musicians Michael Voss (vocals/guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Axel Kruse (drums) and Thomas “Hutch” Bauer (bass) doubtlessly have that unshakable idealism that ensures that the band still delivers optimum performance even after 35 years, without ever giving in to supposed restrictions dictated by the music industry. In the case of the forthcoming Mad Max album, 35, which reflects musically and thematically the development of the group since it was founded back in the early 1980s, there can be no doubt that they still have lots of strong ideas up their sleeve. What is more: The new album sounds both classic and contemporary, holds lots of surprises in store and – last but not least – pays homage to the four band members’ heroes.
35 was produced at the Kidroom Studios in Greven, the drums were recorded under the direction of Rolf Munkes (Crematory, Phantom 5, among others) at his Empire Studios in Bensheim near Frankfurt, and the album was mastered at CS Mastering in Bratislava by Christoph “Doc” Stickel (Michael Schenker Fest, among others), so the production parameters live up to the album’s high compositional standard.
35 will be released as CD DigiPak version, limited vinyl version, download and stream on August 10th 2018 through SPV/Steamhammer.
1. “The Hutch” (Intro)
2. “Running To Paradise”
3. “Beat Of The Heart”
6. “Thirty 5”
7. “Already Gone”
8. “False Freedom”
9. “Goodbye To You”
10. “Rocky Road”
11. “Paris Is Burning” (Bonus Track)
It all began in 1982 when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal stormed in from Great Britain all over Europe. This was the starting point for the passionate and young German band from Muenster. Heavy metal music was the rule, and sending the first demos ever to the recently founded company Roadrunner Records made them one of their first signings. Mad Max were in good company: Bands like Metallica, King Diamond, and Lee Aaron were signed to the nowadays very highly acclaimed metal label as well. The deal ran over three albums, and suddenly the band started touring intensively with bands such as Pretty Maids, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uriah Heep and Stryper and playing the legendary Dynamo Open Air Festival in Eindhoven. Then, at the beginning of the new century, Mad Max signed to SPV and have never looked back.