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The combination of great song-writing, personalized lyrics, inspired performances and first class production makes this a memorable debut.

It is a natural reaction to show preference to all those with whom share your birthplace – "Hometown Heroes" we like to call them. My home state of New Jersey has spawned many iconic Hard Rock musicians, including Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Sandi Saraya, Zakk Wylde, Glenn Danzig and even the piquant Ted Poley. So, it's always exciting when someone has the chutzpa to enter an already elegantly decorated arena attempting to rub shoulders with these established legends.

Madame Mayhem's innate passion for performing started during childhood at family gatherings. She continued to follow her muse, studying Classical Voice at one of America's premiere University music programs. The proper, highly restrictive Classical atmosphere proved too restrictive for MM, whose potential as song-writer and performer, along with a penchant for Rocking hard, demands a much different and less intrusive creative space.

Collaborating with some of Hard Rock's most illustrious talents has birthed 'Now You Know,' a fourteen song treatise that demands attention. Besides herself, the album's enviable roster includes Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs) and Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo, Saint Asonia) on bass, Ray Luzier (Korn, KXM) on drums and guitarists Russ "Satchel" Parrish (Kevin Gilbert, Steel Panther) and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Bumblefoot, Guns 'N' Roses).

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With the exception of the unlikely cover of 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' (Dionne Warwick), ten are co-written with Sheehan and the other three with Lowery. With a seasoned line-up like this, high expectations are absolutely justifiable. However, any doubts are moot because this album delivers. The combination of great song-writing, personalized lyrics, inspired performances and first class production makes this a memorable debut.

The music treads the line between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, the soaring melodies nicely contrast the bombastic aggression of tracks like 'Witchcraft'. 'Perfect Nightmare' is a groovy, mid-tempo Rocker that plays host to Sheehan's unmistakable bass tone, dressing the song in noble regalia, whilst Thal's imitable style is beautifully showcased on 'Something Better (Now You Know)'. Albeit minor, the only criticism with the album is song length, as most run less than four minutes. With songs this good, it would simply be nice to have more of each to enjoy.

'Now You Know' exposes all of MM's musical talents along with a healthy dose of provocative imagery that will certainly turn heads. With its release, Madame Mayhem will gain a lot of momentum and I can see her gaining increased popularity and respect among the Hard Rock community.

Brent Rusche

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