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Welcome To The World

Psycho Motel Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B0009HL0RQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Last Chain
2. A Quarter To heaven
3. Rain
4. Believe
5. With You Again
6. Into The Black
7. No Loss To Me
8. Underground
9. Welcome To The World
10. Something Real
11. Innocence
12. I'm Alive
13. Hypocrisy

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a hidden gem! 5 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
People who have heard of Psycho Motel have generally either stumbled onto them out of pure luck, or are fans of Iron Maiden. Pretty much, the majority are the latter. As such, one might approach this album expecting something simlar to Iron Maiden, but under the Pscyho Motel banner - this is NOT what you get; Adrian Smith's Pscyho Motel project shows another side entirely of his playing; his tones, his influences are all far more varied in their prescence than on any given Maiden album he played on in the '80's.

Welcome to the World follows on from the first Psycho Motel album State of Mind - whereas that was a dark, brooding, grungy album, Welcome to the World is far more based on vocal melodies, arguably a "lighter" album, but still heavy in places. The Last Chain, Into The Black, the title track, and No Loss To Me, are as heavy as anything from State of Mind, whilst maintaining the melodic nature of this album. By contrast, there are also some ballads - With You Again, featuring Adrian's old Maiden counterpart Dave Murray (with a classic solo-trade, naturally), and Innocence - these provide a nice counterpoint. The more melodic numbers include A Quarter to Heaven, Rain, Something Real, and Underground - this last one is my favourite vocal performance by Makin.

The music has been described as radio-orientated rock - and this is true, to an extent, in that it is written with something of a "poppy" bent. Every song on the album, each at around 4 or 5 minutes, could easily be played on the radio - there's nothing risqué or controversial here - but the music contained on this gem of an album is far superior to the majority of crap that infests the radio these days, both in terms of quality of songwriting, and musicianship.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whay has this not been reviewed? 18 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Adrian Smith (Him of Iron Maiden fame) has come up with an excellent album here. Written during the spell after he left Maiden this album still has that Maidn sound to it but is toned down to become a more middle of the road rock album. Obviously not a pure metal album but enough riffs are present to keep any real rock fan happy. Listen to this album!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't there be more music like this? 11 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, Psycho Motel's Welcome To The World, along with Bruce Dickinson's Chemical Wedding are the two greatest albums produced by side-projects of Iron Maiden. In fact, I would argue that those two albums are in fact better than any single album produced under the label of Iron Maiden (with the exception of Live After Death, perhaps).

Welcome To The World is a meeting of Adrian's classic rock influences with more than a hint of a Seattle grunge scene sound. It is pretty accessible, I think. The vocals (both the lyrics and performance) are fantastic, although it should be noted they compare more readily with grunge bands like Alice in Chains than what you would expect from an Iron Maiden side-project. There are fantastic riffs on the cd, which has plenty of heavy tracks. The solos are tasteful and beautiful, including the guest appearances by Scott Gorham and Dave Murray. There's even some progressive metal elements, though they don't steal the scene too much.

To give you an idea of how thoroughly I support this album, I can tell you with absolute certainty that this is the cd I've played the most over the last eighteen months. As far as I'm concerned, Welcome To The World just consists of 'good music', I only wish that there were more bands like this. Welcome To The World seems to combine the right elements of metal, classic rock, blues and grunge in just the right way. It never seems to meander aimlessly, the songs don't have anything unnecessary in them, but they do have what it takes to be absolutely spell-binding. It's both aggressive and melodic, in my opinion landing right in the sweet spot, balancing the two in a way so few bands can.

I hope I've persuaded someone to buy this cd, which far outstrips its predecessor in my opinion, because I don't think many of you will regret it. It doesn't sound exactly like Maiden, but any appreciator of good music should enjoy this cd on some level. It really is a forgotten gem of an album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More fine stuff from Smith & Co. 17 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
It would be a tall order to match or surpass their debut album, but in my opinion Psycho Motel managed it here. The heaviness is toned down and new singer Andy Makin provides more soulful vocals. The tone is more gently structured and melodic than the first album, but no weaker for it. It sounds like a band who have had more time to gel and develop their own distinctive sound. Again the sound and content is, as far as I'm concerned, original and rather innovative. I've not heard another band like them. Perhaps only the two lighter, ballad-like tracks are less impressive ("With you again", "Innocence") but they are still worth listening to. The tracks that really stand out are "A Quarter to Heaven", "Believe", "Welcome to the World" and "I'm alive". Smith shows us more of his great songwriting skills and sensitivity, and in only one track is he not involved either as co-writer or the sole writer. A lot of thought has gone into this album.
If you are an admirer of Adrian Smith or just like damn fine hard rock music, this CD should be one of your most cherished items. Let's hope Psycho Motel reform for a third outing.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) in the last decade. 19 Aug 2000
By Luis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Adrian Smith made an outstanding work with the second album of Psycho Motel "Welcome To The World".. possibly his best effort since he left Maiden back in 1989.
Although this album has nothing to do with Iron Maiden (it is hard rock with influences of alternative sounds of the 90's like Alice In Chains and so on..) it's a must-have for any Maiden fan.
The songwriting and the production are excellent, there is not any song that can be considered weak, the new vocalist is a huge improvement from "State Of Mind", and Adrian's guitar sounds awesome.
I you are expecting songs like 'The Trooper' or 'Moonchild', or in the wave of the last 2 albums of Bruce Dickinson (where Adrian plays guitar too) you could be disappointed because this album can't be labelled as 'heavy metal' (let's not forget anyway where Adrian comes from, the guitar agressivity is still there), but if you are open minded and liked the new sounds of the 90's you'll love this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adrian, leave 'Maiden and do a follow up to this c.d.! 30 Nov 2003
By Dave R Goetz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
At first, I was reluctant to buy this c.d. A) I didn't like the first Psycho Motel c.d. B) When it first came out, it was a $30.00 import. Needless to say, I bought it and love it! They replaced the first singer who sounded like that annoying singer from Tesla. Some people here have said that it sounds a little alternative, but I don't agree. Sure, it has a heavy Sabbath/Alice in Chains rhythm guitar feel, but there are technical guitar solos all over this c.d. What else would you expect with Adrian Smith? (Just don't look back to ASAP.) Even Dave Murray and some Thin Lizzy dude make a guitar solo cameo. If you buy this c.d., um, all the chicks who ignored you in high school will flock at your house and want to (uh, huh-huh). Not really, since when do women like good music?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent album, with some nice surprises 20 July 2000
By David K. Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Another decent album by ex and now current Maiden guitarist, Adrian Smith. However, I still think that ASaP was a better outlet for his solo career. Although that does not include the magic that Smith provided for Bruce Dickinson's later solo career. Anyway, the problem is once again a weak vocalist. The guitar tones are great, the band sounds great, perhaps a little forced, but the singer is not as good as Adrian Smith himself. I love the inclusion of not just fellow Maiden axe king Dave Murray, but also Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy! If you are a Maiden fan, get this one, and then think about getting Psycho Motel's other one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - great guitar, generic post-grunge vocals 17 Jan 2009
By Matthew Schwarz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With the second album by Psycho Motel, the band replaced the fine but unfashionable singer from the first album with a singer more in style with the post-Seattle grunge style that's dominated mainstream hard rock since the early 90's (my girlfriend says this singer sounds like the guy from Alice In Chains). I've never been a fan of this vocal style, and the fact that it's so omnipresent in the mainstream scene has turned me off more from it. So, even though he's not a bad singer, it kind of makes me enjoy this album less than the previous one by the band. I personally would've rather had Solli from the first Psycho Motel or even Adrian on vocals. Also, I don't find the music as engaging - it doesn't groove as well as the other Psycho Motel CD.
That said, if you don't mind this vocal style, and the band's attempt to fit in with the modern scene a little more, it's well-written and well-played 90s hard rock. It definitely rocks, and there's plenty of good guitar playing. Adrian can still write some fine music, and has always been a top-notch guitarist, although outside of Maiden he doesn't do that epic/progressive style(which comes mostly from Steve and Bruce's influence).
The interesting thing about the splintering of the classic Maiden lineup in the 90s, is that you can see where they all excel on their own, and you can also see how much better they are when they bring all their individual talents together on the classic Maiden albums!
A decent hard rock album, but most of the stuff I have with Adrian on it is brilliant.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PSYCHO MOTEL 30 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this cd is incredible! if you like hard rock with outstanding vocals by a guy who actually sings instead of the current fad of growling and grunting, this cd is for you! there are great rock songs performed with energy and conviction all over this cd. guitarist adrian smith from iron maiden is the driving force behind this project but vocalist andy makin adds depth and emotion. speaking of emotion, makin's heartfelt tribute to his ailing father on "with you again" makes you want to give your own dad a hug. i play this cd constantly. buy it!!
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