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Mad Max debuted on the German metal scene in 1982, delivering a brilliant combination of hard rock and heavy metal. Throughout the years the band managed to record eight full-length albums and one EP, with each release proving their amazing musical skills. This exclusive set of re-released early Mad Max albums – “Mad Max”, “Rollin’ Thunder”, “Stormchild” and “Night of Passion” – brings back one of the most underrated German rock legends ever to walk the face of this planet…

“Mad Max”
Their self-titled debut album was released in 1982 (and reissued by Roof Music in 1983), presenting nine dazzling tunes inspired by old school hard rock and heavy metal.

“Rollin’ Thunder”
The group’s second full-length album (and first for Roadrunner Records) saw the light of day in October 1984, instantly gaining a lot of success on the European rock scene. As the LP received more and more excellent reviews, the label decided to release it in the U.S.A. “Rollin’ Thunder” was eventually picked “album of the year” by the American heavy metal magazine Iron Planet.

“Stormchild”
Mad Max released their third LP in 1985, showcasing a great musical progression. The album received great reviews in the British music press (especially in Kerrang!) and soon the band decided to organize a small tour across the UK. The tour turned out to be a great success, ending with a sold-out show in London’s Marquee Club. New edition includes a bonus track.

“Night of Passion”
Re-release of their fourth studio album from 1985. The album proved to be a very valuable work and once again the band met with warm reception from critics and fans (the LP was in the Top 10 of Germany’s best selling rock albums). New edition includes a bonus track.

Metal Mind Productions will re-release Mad Max’s albums on 9th November in a new digipak edition, each limited to 2000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc.

Mad Max
“Mad Max” (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1336 DG
Barcode: 5907785035638
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: hard rock / heavy metal
Release date: 09.11.2009 Europe / 26.01.2010 USA

Tracklist:

1. Free Will
2. Night Train To Paris
3. Can’t Live Without You
4. Hard Days Lonely Nights
5. Shake Some Action
6. Working Overtime
7. No Remedies
8. Barbarians
9. Wheel Of Fortune

Mad Max
“Rollin’ Thunder” (remastered)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1337 DG
Barcode: 5907785035645
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: hard rock / heavy metal
Release date: 09.11.2009 Europe / 26.01.2010 USA

Tracklist:

1. Fly, Fly Away
2. Evil Message
3. Losing You
4. Stranger
5. Yours Sincerely
6. Shout And Cry
7. Rollin’ Thunder
8. Riding Through The Night
9. Thoughts Of A Dying Man

Mad Max
“Stormchild” (remastered + bonus track)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1338 DG
Barcode: 5907785035652
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: hard rock / heavy metal
Release date: 09.11.2009 Europe / 26.01.2010 USA

Tracklist:

1. Never Say Never
2. Run For The Night
3. Lonely Is The Hunter
4. Stormchild
5. Love Chains
6. Return Of The Hunter
7. Rollin’ The Dice
8. Restless Survivor
9. Heros Die Lonely
10. Voice In The Night

Bonus Track:
11. Can’t Stop Taking

Mad Max
“Night of Passion” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1339 DG
Barcode: 5907785035669
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: hard rock / heavy metal
Release date: 09.11.2009 Europe / 26.01.2010 USA

Tracklist:

1. Burning The Stage
2. Wait For The Night
3. R.I.P.
4. Dive Through The Sky
5. Wild And Seventeen
6. Hearts On Fire
7. Love Loaded
8. Night Of Passion
9. Starcrossed Lovers
10. Fox On The Run

Bonus Track:
11. Show No Mercy

Bio
The band was formed in 1981 in Münster by guitarist Jürgen Breforth, taking its name from the popular 1979 movie of the same title. The very first incarnation of Mad Max featured Breforth accompanied by Wilfred Schneider (guitar), Thomas Hoffmann (bass), Uwe Starck (drums) and Andreas Baesler (vocals). Their self-titled debut album was released in 1982 (and reissued by Roof Music in 1983), presenting nine dazzling tunes inspired by old school hard rock and heavy metal. Unfortunately, despite its powerful content, the LP failed to gain the success it deserved due to average production quality. When vocalist Andreas Baesler decided to leave the group, Mad Max was on the edge of disbandment. Thankfully, Beasler’s replacement – Michael Voss (who was at that time only seventeen!) – brought in a lot of new ideas which helped the band stay together and work on the follow-up to their debut offering. The following months saw Mad Max supporting such prominent artists as Nightwing, Atomic Rooster and Uriah Heep. This was noticed by the highly acclaimed label from Holland – Roadrunner Records – who offered Mad Max a record deal. The contract was signed in Amsterdam in 1983…
The group’s second full-length album (and first for Roadrunner) – “Rollin’ Thunder” – saw the light of day in October 1984, instantly gaining a lot of success on the European rock scene. As the LP received more and more excellent reviews, the label decided to release it in the U.S.A., where it was distributed by Metal Blade Records. “Rollin’ Thunder” was eventually picked “album of the year” by the American heavy metal magazine Iron Planet. A bit overwhelmed with the immense success of their LP, Breforth and Voss realized that they needed to take the band on a higher professional level. They replaced the old line-up with new musicians: Christoph Wegman (guitar), Axel Kruse (drums) and Roland Bergmann (bass). The reinforced group supported Uriah Heep on one of their gigs and then went on a whole tour with Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force.
Mad Max released their third LP – “Stormchild” – in 1985, showcasing a great musical progression. The album received great reviews in the British music press (especially in Kerrang!) and soon the band decided to organize a small tour across the UK. Unfortunately, guitarist Christoph Wegman was not able to attend the concerts, so he was temporarily replaced by “Angel” Schleifer. The tour turned out to be a great success, ending with a sold-out show in London’s Marquee Club. After that, Mad Max toured Europe with such artists as Pretty Maids, Stryper and again Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, in the meantime preparing the material for their next album.
The recording of “Night of Passion” brought Mad Max more trouble than they ever expected. The band wanted the album to be produced by Dirk Steffens (Accept, Sinner), while the label chose Dan Johnson (Savatage, Crimson Glory) to do a mix for the American edition of the LP. Eventually, Johnson’s mix was used also for the European release, much to the group’s discontent. Nevertheless, “Night of Passion” proved to be a very valuable work and once again the band met with warm reception from both critics and fans (thanks to whom the LP was in the Top 10 of Germany’s best selling rock albums). Unfortunately, the situation with the label caused internal problems within the group and in 1989 Mad Max officially split up…
For the next couple of years Michael Voss concentrated on his solo career, first working with Bonfire and then forming his own bands: Casanova and Demon Drive. But that wasn’t enough, so he contacted Jürgen Breforth to see if there’s a chance of bringing their original band back together. This way, in 1999 – ten years after the split-up – Mad Max returned to the rock scene with the brilliant comeback album “Never Say Never”, recorded with new members – bassist Carsten Tischer and drummer Yogi Spittka. The LP contained ten premiere songs and two re-recorded Mad Max classics – “Hearts on Fire” and the title track “Never Say Never”. The album proved to be quite successful, but after its release the band went on hiatus, this time for seven years. In January 2006 they returned in the original line-up (with Roland Bergmann on bass and Axel Kruse on drums), releasing their sixth LP “Night of White Rock”. The following years brought the “In White” EP (where Mad Max presented acoustic versions of six of their songs, including “Lonely is the Hunter” from the 1985 LP “Stormchild”) and the band’s seventh opus – “White Sands”. Their most recent release is “Here We Are”, recorded with the help of various friends of the group, including: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Don Airey (Deep Purple), Michael Schenker (MSG), Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, Talisman), Oz Fox (Stryper), Ken Tamplin (ex-Joshua, Tamplin), Bernie Torme (ex-Gillan, ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Axel Rudi Pell (ARP), Wolf Hoffmann (Accept), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Sascha Gerstner (Helloween) and Marc Storace (Krokus). The album hit the stores in October 2008…
Throughout their long and fruitful career, Mad Max had their ups and downs, but always remained true to their original, hard rockin’ sound, making each of their releases truly unforgettable. These exclusive reissues of “Mad Max”, “Rollin’ Thunder”, “Stormchild” and “Night of Passion” contain the same magic that made these albums so special back in the 1980’s. Ladies and gentlemen – the legend is back…

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