If you look at the history of PINK CREAM 69, then it is pretty impressive by now. Founded in 1987, they released their self-titled debut in 1989 and in the year 2004 they have reached studio album 9 with “Thunderdome” and that with just one line-up change in 1994, from Andi Deris to David Readman, that’s something really rare nowadays, where it sometimes seems as if bands are scrambled together more by chance than anything else and then get marketed as “supergroup”.
With the exception of partly „Games People Play” and the for this fittingly titled “Change” PINK CREAM 69 always had stood for best Melodic Metal, very catchy and with great melodies, but never getting shallow and always having enough substance, which makes sure that the listener will enjoy the songs for a long time.
On “Thunderdome“ nothing has changed about that, the Germans (with British singer) with the odd name have used the time since their last album „Endangered“ 2001 wisely and recharged the creative batteries. The intro “The Last Stance” got some surprised looks, but as soon as the real opener “Thunderdome” sets out, everything is ok again, the typical PINK CREAM 69 sound is back. And what the great thing is, the trademarks are all back, but without them repeating themselves!
That David Readman has a very strong voice that also can bear a song and additionally sounds pretty original, too, should already be known from PINK CREAM 69 and also ADAGIO and on “Thunderdome” (the album) he presents himself in absolute top form. The following “Gods Come Together” is even among the best cuts that PC 69 have ever released, quite fast, melodic, with a great, absolutely irresistible chorus, which still haunts you hours later.
That they ever since had been writing great ballads is quite well known by now and ”That Was Yesterday“ confirms this once more, just like “Shelter” is a first class Rocker. Cool is also the cover version of the THE KNACK classic “My Sharona” (quite close to the original, but still just as good as the version by ELDRITCH), guaranteed grooving! And on “As Deep As I Am“ even reading the lyrics (or in my case here exact listening) is worth it, because here they put a nudge towards all those “sought super stars”, again in a super catchy Melodic Metal song in the typical and good PC 60 style!
It’s good to see that a band even 15 years after the debut still is staying true to its sound and also has kept up the quality and makes everything sound fresh and energetic. PINK CREAM 69 are one of these bands and also anno 2004 a guarantor for very good Melodic Metal that a fan of this style should absolutely have! (Online February 29, 2004)