MAIDA VALE is an all female band from Sweden with a very rocky attitude.
Girls with guitars – versatile and radio-friendly in this case.
When it comes to Sweden, my first thought is the Gothenburg sound. Of course, there is more than just IN FLAMES and DARK TRANQUILLITY – for example, MAIDA VALE. The four ladies released their debut “Tales Of The Wicked West” and when you look at the titles, you see that they are not just playing music. They criticize politics and society, but in a way that doesn’t kill the sound. You can do both – listen to the music or listen to the lyrics.
When it comes to music, I have to admit that MAIDA VALE is not my cup of tea. The album is a piece of rock music with some country parts in it. I like the guitars, though – there are nice riffs in the songs! The vocals are low and do not dominate the sound. The production is also good – clear sound, nothing bad to say about the mixing.
There is rock, there is groove, but there is no metal.
I call myself a metal head for a reason – I prefer listening to rock instead of pop music or anything else, at least I wouldn’t listen to it when I am on my own. So for me, there is not enough power in the music. “Tales Of The Wicked West” is a good album, that you can also play in your car when driving to work with your colleagues.
The women know how to groove, how to sing and how to play their instruments. They can also do ballads and faster songs. All in all, it’s just not my taste in music. Figure out for yourself, whether you like it or not. I can say nothing bad about MAIDA VALE – but I can’t recommend them either.
MAIDA VALE – “Tales Of The Wicked West” Tracklist
1. (If you want the smoke) Be the fire
2. Color Blind
3. The greatest story ever told
5. Dirty war
6. Restless Wanderer
7. Standby Swing
8. Find what you love and let it kill you
9. Heaven and earth
Do you call yourself a metal head like me? Or are you also into rock music? Let me know!