MAD MAX – Stormchild Rising

MAD MAX - Stormchild Rising
  • 8.5/10
    MAD MAX - Stormchild Rising - 8.5/10


Steamhammer Records
Release date: August 21, 2020

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Stormchild Rising is the latest release from German Melodic Rock band Mad Max. Stormchild Rising is the band’s 14th record. Mad Max’s current lineup includes founding members Michael Voss, vocals and lead guitars, Jürgen Breforth, rhythm guitars, and Axel Kruse, drums, along with Thomas “Hutch” Bauer on bass. The record also has a few special guests. Ronnie Romero (Rainbow) shares lead vocals on “Hurricaned”. The record includes a Rough Cutt cover, “Take Her”, that features Paul Shortino. Stryper guitarist Oz Fox contributes a solo on “The Blues Ain’t No Stranger.”

Stormchild Rising does a good job of walking the line between sticking to the style of 80s rock and using modern production and style. The record has a big and modern sound but really has a solid 80s Melodic Rock vibe. “Talk To The Moon” has a killer driving intro reminiscent of “Bark At The Moon” by Ozzy Osbourne, with a big hook chorus and layered vocal harmonies. “Eyes Of Love” is another strong effort, but is more of a ballad. Each of the tracks has something to offer, and there is variety. Mad Max does a great job of taking different creative directions so no two tracks are too much alike, and yet the record still has stylistic continuity.

Fans of Melodic Rock, 80s Rock, and fans of Mad Max will want to check this out.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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