There are not too many bands out there that can claim 20 years of existence and 10 studio albums their own, Karlsruhe’s PINK CREAM 69 are one of this rare breed, offering us their tenth full-length CD with “In10sity”, and given the quality of previous effort “Thunderdome” I had been looking forward to this release a lot, hoping for a continuation of their long string of excellent albums. Once more outfitted with a rather odd cover (yes, the guys have a history of this), the tradition does not stop there, as “In10sity” is definitely one of the Melodic Metal highlights of 2007!
And the first album with new second guitarist Uwe Reitenauer, who was drafted in as support of neuropathy-struck Alfred Koffler, sets out with a whole slew of songs that will have any fan of this style beam with joy, as they contain everything you could hope for: energy, dynamics, very inspired vocals by David Readman, ingenious melodies, which you will still sing hours, nah, days later, this is a great CD for the car with the windows down… It is a pity that these days this sound doesn’t mean anything anymore in terms of commercial success, even though it still is often called “commercial sound”, if there still was justice, PC69 would be big, really big!
“Children Of The Dawn” is a driving track with incredible melodies and vocals, the chorus is catchy and intense, while “No Way Out” is an up-tempo firecracker with a huge chorus, “Crossfire” is slower paced with an incredibly intense bridge and chorus, before “I’m Not Afraid” speeds things up a little again. Also worth mentioning are the powerful “Out Of This World” and the excellent ballad “Last Train To Nowhere”, which shows that the folks don’t need crunchy guitars to craft a masterful song, but overall there are no fillers on this CD, only fun-filled, energetic Melodic Metal hymns that will warm the heart of every fan of this sub-genre, guaranteed!
If a band still sounds this good and fresh after two decades, it is more than deserving a bow of respect and there is no sign of letting up, I hope that the Pinkies will be dishing out high quality Metal for another 20 years to come, I will be there to receive it!
(Online July 14, 2007)