Artist: Place Vendome
Michael Kiske said goodbye to Helloween and self exiled himself from the
whole rock scene, it made a lot of people in the business shudder to
consider one of the best voices in rock would never be heard again.
With Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino offering Kiske to be part of Melodic Rock oriented concept the seeds were sown for Place Vendome and when Kiske united with Dennis Ward, Kosta Zafiriou, Uwe Reitenauer and Gunther Werno, the resulting album once again put the name of Kiske where it so rightly deserves to be, at the top of list of Melodic Rock vocalists. It also served to severe the ties to Heavy Metal as Kiske has now found a new niche for his formidable vocal talent and what Melodic Rock gains, so Heavy Metal losses.
The album opens up with the title track ‘Streets Of Fire’ and once again Kiske’s superb vocal makes it mark from the off, with some towering power that seems well at ease and never sounds pushed. Together with Ward and Co. supplying some great musicianship, this track is a sure winner and just leaves you wanting more of the same.
And more you get in absolute bucket-loads as this tremendous album continues with ‘My Guardian Angel’, (a track penned by on Magnus Karlsson). This is the first single off the album and a great haunting melody at that which simply flows majestically out of the speakers.
warmth of Kiske’s vocals are felt on some quite superb ballads
featured on this album, the first one note being ‘Completely
Breathless’. This is as
far away from the Heavy Metal sound that Kiske used to be associated
with and in this he has definitely found his
soul. Any Melodic or
AOR fans out there will be totally overwhelmed when they hear this
the down-to-earth rockers to the more mellow rock lovers, there’s
plenty of depth on this album to suit all tastes, from the mid tempo
feel of ‘Follow Me’ and the phenomenal ‘Set Me Free’, which has
to be one of the best slices of Melodic Rock I’ve heard in ages.
Again Kiske is just superb, from the haunting keyboards to the
powerful yet subtle rhythm section as the soaring guitars, this one has
to be heard to be believed.
those of you who like a little up-tempo number then ‘Believer’, (One
of four songs penned by Torsti Spoof of Leverage), is really gonna float
your boat. This song is top
drawer once again. I will
say this a lot when describing this album, but every track really is a
winner. I can’t find
fault with anything on it.
album goes from strength to strength as each track ends another track
comes along and blows you away with songs like ‘Changes’, the more
up-tempo ‘Surrender Your Soul’ and ‘Dancer’, satisfying the die
hard of Melodic Rock fans out there.
The album closes with ‘I’d Die For You’, a song that will really pull at those heart strings and although this album isn’t released until the 20th February, this one is definitely a 14th of February song, which rounds off one of the best albums you’ll hear this year and one that will put Kiske’s name in the spotlight where it deserves to be. Stand aside Soto, Vaughn and Hugo, the king has returned to take back his crown.
1. Streets Of Fire
2. My Guardian Angel
3. Completely Breathless
4. Follow Me
5. Set Me Free
7. Valerie ( The Truth Is In Your Eyes)
8. A Scene In Reply
10.Surrender Your Soul
12. I'd Die For You
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