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30th August 2017

madam x

Legendary Detroit hard rockers Madam X have signed a deal with EMP Label Group, who will release their long-awaited sophomore album, 'Monstrocity', on October 27th on CD and digital, with a limited edition vinyl release planned for November. The album was produced by Madam X and mixed by Michael Wagener, with additional mixing by Mark Slaughter.

Formed in 1981 by sisters Roxy and Maxine Petrucci, Madam X recruited bassist Chris 'Godzilla' Doliber and vocalist Bret Kaiser and released their classic, Rick Derringer produced, Jet Records debut, 'We Reserve The Right' in 1984, spawning the hit single 'High in High School'.

Four years later, after Roxy departed to join future MTV favourites Vixen, and original vocalist Kaiser was briefly replaced by an unknown Canadian vocalist named Sebastian Bach, Madam X disbanded and would remain mostly inactive until 2014 when the original line-up reunited at the Sweden Rock Festival.

Fast forward to 2017, when the Petrucci sisters collaborated with vocalist Mark Slaughter on a Lemmy Kilmister tribute track for their VIP Aftershow project. Slaughter, who introduced Roxy to EMP Label Group Head of A&R Thom Hazaert, who released the 12” 'Kilmister' single for Aftershow and the conversation soon shifted to the upcoming Madam X release. Says Hazaert:

"When I connected with Roxy and we were working on The Aftershow stuff, and she told me they were working on a new Madam X record, I was extremely excited at the prospect of releasing it.

"After a brief courtship, we made the decision to put it out together and I can honestly say I'm still excited. Madam X is such a kickass rock band, I was always a huge fan of their first record and to be able to release its follow-up over thirty years later is just insane."

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Adds drummer Roxy Petrucci:

"Hell may not be pretty but good things will find their way out.

"It takes a huge pair of Metal balls to sign a band like Madam X. David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert at EMP put their love of Metal first and crushed it by signing Madam X!

"Raw and flawed, 'Monstrocity' will be unleashed onto the world in Fall 2017! Long live rock'n'roll but immortalized in Metal!"

The album features twelve hard-hitting slabs of rock, including the pummelling title track, 'Resurrection', 'Nitrous' and an updated version of their 1984 hit 'High In High School'.


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