Title: City Of HeroesLabel: Frontiers Records
the most anticipated releases of 2015 has to be the second
Kiske/Somerville album ‘City Of Heroes’, some 5 years
since the debut and the pair are back, and handling the
musical side of things comes Matt Sinner on bass, Magnus
Karlsson on guitars and keyboards, and on drums Veronika
Sinner and Karlsson handling most of the songwriting (with a
song contribution 'Breaking Neptune' from Sander Gommans
formerly of After Forever and Amanda Somerville herself).
Those of you familiar with the fires few Allen/Lande albums
will know what Karlsson brings the songwriting table and
with Sinner not only involved in the songwriting and the
band, but he also returns to produce the album as well, as
he did with the debut. So now you know what everyone
has brought to the table, the big question is has the five
year wait been worth it?
bet it has! As a lover of the debut I was really
looking forward to hearing the new album and instantly I was
impressed. The whole Kiske/Somerville package has been
taken to the next level with this new album.
get underway with the excellent (I’ll be saying this a
lot!) ‘City Of Heroes’, those familiar with the video on
YouTube will know what a excellent (I told you so!) track
this is and really sets the mood for the rest of the
album. The vocals of Kiske and Somerville just unite
in perfect Melodic Metal harmony, if you're not hooked from
this opening barrage, then just wait until track two, which
is the next single ‘Walk On Water’, with orchestrations
of Karlsson and his guitar work leading the way for Kiske
and Somerville. This is a real classy track that will
appeal fans of both singers, as they once again display a
pairing that hasn’t been as magical since Peanut Butter
and Jam (that’s jelly to are American friends).
towering Melodic Metal ventures into the Symphonic with the
stunning ‘Salvation’, then the album returns to the more
Melodic side of things with one of my favourites tracks off
the album, the amazing anthemic ‘Lights Out’, for me Somerville’s angelic tones
interwoven with Kiske’s typical hard rock stylings make
this one stand out from the pack.
glorious Melodic Metal continues with the massive guitar
ridden ‘Breaking Neptune’, a song contributed by Sander
Gommans formerly of After Forever and Amanda Somerville
herself, then the tempo is brought down massively with the
superb ‘Ocean Of Tears’, although the tempo has greatly
reduced the quality is still at its peak with this excellent
ballad, again both vocalist are at their very best.
This is one of the best Metal Ballads you’ll hear all
tempo is picked back up once more with the fantastic ‘Open
Your Eyes’. This one is another of the many many
favourites of mine, a real classy song from a very classy
album, the rampaging guitars of Karlsson get the next slab
of Melodic Metal underway ‘Last Goodbye’, before the
haunting tones of ‘After The Night Is Over’.
With A Dream’ is pure rampaging Melodic Metal at its
finest, a real sing-along track that will be with you for
days. The album comes to a close with another corker
‘Right Now’, which encapsulates all that has gone before
and wraps up the album in true style.
If like me you thought the debut was a classy affair then this album will just blow your mind. As pairings go this has to be Frontiers finest. Let's just hope we don’t have to wait another five years for album number three!
Review by: Barry McMinn
City Of Heroes
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