Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MADHOUSE: "Money Talks Bullshit Walks"

Rating: RRRR
Label: MarsMusic 2019
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

You came here looking for a derranged pig in shades (see artwork). Perhaps pure Sleaze and Melodic Hardrock rooted in a more sunny and fun era? Look no further than the debut album 'Money Talks Bullshit Walks' by Vienna/Austria's rockers, MADHOUSE (still drunk from yesterday), which includes twelve tracks full of lunatic Hair Metal! Indeed. The six-piece act including two vocalist and a hairdresser (latter statement not correct) are all about having pigs in a blanket and f-u-n. Current gang and line up: Tommy Lovelance & Lonewolf (vocals), Freddy Heart & Mikky Stixx (guitars), Ben Walker (bass) and Ken Shuri (drums).

It may sound like a cliche, but sheer dumb 80's party and FUN is what they provide. One listen to the opening song "Boom Boob Shaker" is enough to have anyone of a certain hairdo grinning and running for their retro KISS pinball machine. Lyrics in the questionable tradition and content of Gene Simmons and it's definitely a feast on the eye slash ear. The title track weirdly progress as they manage to cement themselves as holy rollers and followers of the new wave of sleaze, where the past is unshackled and a slightly new flavour is added. "Crazy Nights" may at first glance remind you of Kiss, but sounds more like Crazy Lixx and Motley Crue. Cheeky rock and naughty messages, "1st Time Lover" (featuring guest vocals by Kati Cher), the really catchy sing-a-long. "Tears Like Rain", the really great and slightly different power-ballad.

Powerful vocals and guitar work through the album and the absence of keyboards is a prime factor to proper sleaze, contributing to its relatively raw and mean production. The Glamour style itself is energetic and successful, unfortunately, they ran a little bit out of steam and stamina towards the end of the album. Some of the tracks are similar and they still need to work on getting all the pieces together. That's album number two, yeah? The haters may not agree, but simply to continue to exist will take young-ish acts such as Madhouse further up the ladder of success. Have a go at this if you enjoy acts such as: Crazy Lixx, Tuff, Motley Crue (Girls Girls Girls), Crashdiet, etc.

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