"35" is entitled MAD MAX's newest effort. The band was originally formed back in 1981 and, since then, it released eleven (twelve with this new one) full-length records. I have to say that after some spins of "35", I really dig this new effort a lot.
The band returns to the thing that knows best; to deliver solid and melodic heavy rock stuff at its best. It's one of those albums that the ordinary melodic hard rock/metal fan will love to add to its collection. Of course, the long die-hards of the band will grab it at no second though.
After the short but intense intro of "The Hutch", it comes the real thing; heavy guitars, passionate vocals and a catchy as hell chorus line compose the first highlight of the new album. "Running To Paradise" is a totally classic melodic metal gem! I just love it! "Beat Of The Heart" rocks good and it's more AOR-ish regarding the previous track. It's an overall nice tune that includes a very good melody. In "Snowdance", the band puts more 'speed' n' muscle while in "Thirty 5" we have yet another killer track. This time around Mad Max shows their bluesier and 'darker' side and, at the end, achieves to create a great song. "False Freedom" is one of the album's most diverse song imho. It includes a heavy riffing along with a 'darker' vibe (again) in it that probably will mix the feelings of the band's older fans. For me, it's an okay track! But with "Goodbye To You", Mad Max brings some of the best moments out of "35".
Mad Max is a band that knows how to satisfy their fans and the melodic hard n' metal fans in general. "35" is an overall solid record that finds the band in top form and ready to rock your world!
Rating : 7,5/10