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Longing live! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basti   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Now it is for sure: Michael Kiske will perform the song "Longing" during Christmas Metal Symphony Tour 2013.
Be there and do not miss this great opportunity to listen to that masterpiece live for the first time!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 October 2013 )
Michael Kiske returns to Place Vendome PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frontiers Records   
Monday, 02 September 2013

Michael Kiske returns to PLACE VENDOME with another Melodic Rock masterpiece : "Thunder in the Distance" due for release in November on Frontiers

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the much anticipated third album from PLACE VENDOME entitled “Thunder in the Distance” on November 1st in Europe and November 5th in North America.

PLACE VENDOME is the Melodic Rock project featuring UNISONIC and former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske on all lead vocals and production from Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69).

PLACE VENDOME started in 2004 when Kiske, following a self imposed exile from the rock and metal scene which lasted a few years after his departure from HELLOWEEN and solo career, accepted in 2004 to be part of a Melodic Rock oriented concept put together by Frontiers Records’ President Serafino Perugino.

The resulting PLACE VENDOME debut album brought Kiske back to a more straight ahead and Rock sound, still very accessible and melodic and far from the Heavy Metal stereotypes of blood, violence and hate which Kiske never had anything to do with. He collaborated for the first time with PINK CREAM 69’s Dennis Ward, Kosta Zafiriou and Uwe Reitenauer with Gunther Werno (VANDEN PLAS) on keyboards. In a quite ironic twist of fate Michael found himself to work with members of PINK CREAM 69, when the band’s original singer Andy Deris took his place in HELLOWEEN when he left.

The very favorable acceptance of the first PLACE VENDOME album planted the seeds for a second recording entitled “Streets of Fire”, which was produced during 2008. The concept was slightly changed, with some outside writers such as Robert Säll (Work of Art), Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon) and Torsti Spoof (Leverage) handling the bulk of the songwriting, with Dennis Ward still handling the recording and production sessions.

Following his stint with the band UNISONIC, Kiske decided to go back once again to the PLACE VENDOME concept with more melodic rock oriented songs which - once again - have been selected by Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino from outside writers including: Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Roberto Tiranti and Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), and Brett Jones.

I am having a very open mind in terms of music anyway, and the Place Vendome vibe is a pretty different approach than Unisonic” says Kiske. “I like many tracks off the Place Vendome albums, but especially Guardian Angel, Streets Of Fire, I Will Be Waiting, Set Me Free from the previous albums or now Maybe Tomorrow. For me the vocals are the most important part of a song of course”.

Dennis Ward once again produced and mixed the whole affair with such musicians as Dirk Bruineberg (Consortium Project), Gunter Werno (Vandenplas) and Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69) completing the lineup. Another total masterpiece from Kiske and Place Vendome is about to hit the market. A true must for all Melodic Rock fans !

Tracklisting includes: Talk To Me; Power of Music; Broken Wings; Lost in Paradise; It Can’t Rain Forever; Fragile Ground; Hold Your Love; Never Too Late; Heaven Lost; My Heart is Dying; Breakout; Maybe Tomorrow; Thunder in the Distance.

Samples of some of the album songs can be listened following this link

Michael Kiske – Lead Vocals
Dennis Ward – Bass, vocals, rhythm guitars
Dirk Bruineberg– Drums
Gunter Werno – Keyboards
Uwe Reitenauer – Lead guitars

Mixed and produced by Dennis Ward

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 September 2013 )
About the religion of Mammon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Kiske   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013

I'd like to sneak something else in here that matters a lot to me: Since I had a couple of days off before the last two shows with Avantasia, I was checking out a new TV-pay-channel  with series and movies etc., so I watched a lot of TV the last days and noticed again that there is a massive materialistic-brain-wash going on, coming (mainly) from the US. Did you  notice that every time modern american movie- or TV-sitcom-producers are showing so called "religious or spiritual" people, they almost ALWAYS draw them as dumb-idiots or fascists?  As if materialism and atheism is so very "intelligent", and spirituality is so clearly "stupidity" or worse! ... Maybe in America they do have way too many religious-fascists  which those movie-makers permanently love to portrait, but these hypocrite american-church-stereotypes are certainly not representative for all religiousness or spirituality in the world!  How spiritual is fascism anyway? ... It is very dangerous to brain-wash younger generations like this! Listen, all you overly-loud servants of Mammon: REAL and HONEST religiousness or spirituality is something beautiful, wise and good! It heals the soul and opens up the heart! It awakes true humanity! And mindless materialism as our modern intellectually ballooned-up  world-mechanism with no mind and soul is NOT education nor clarification! Many today are obviously still not aware that materialism will always end in inhumanity, because it is inhuman  in itself. I don't care about the Church and mind-controllinginstitutions of any kind either, but I certainly also don't want to live in a godless world! Materialistically raised generations will  develop weak or dark-souls and bring up a heartless society. They will hardly ever learn true idealism or deeper love; nothing is sacred to them! Do you want to know why? Well,  because humans ARE spiritual-beings and not just stardust and chemicals. TRUE love and REAL morality gets fed by the higher-worlds! If we don't feed our souls with light, they will  morally starve to death and live in darkness. Why is America increasingly serving Mammon so passionately? And why do so many movie-making-smart-asses these days still believe  that religiousness or Christianity or spirituality IS the Church, especially the sectarian American types? ... I don't get it! - Many today love to point at the brainwash of the Churches, and they're not wrong with it, but how many are actually aware of the massive brainwash of materialism everywhere? The religion of Mammon is actually the most fanatic, prejudice and  ignorant of all religions these days! And it's by far the lamest and most superficial. ... Let me say something very unpopular for our "hyper-intellectual" modern ears:  Materialists and atheist will be so mega surprised (and ashamed) about how "biblical" the after life really is! Heaven and hell, angels and demons, God, Christ and the antichrist, it is all  true baby! We are so not gone into nothingness when we die! Spiritual growth, morality and a loving-heart is all that really matters in the end; it's the meaning of our existence. Whether  people believe this or not, doesn't matter; they will see soon, cause life is short. -

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 August 2013 )
Unisonic confirmed for BYH 2014! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basti   
Monday, 05 August 2013

The first live show of Unisonic 2014 has just been confirmed: the band will play at next year's Bang Your Head-Festival in Balingen on July 12th

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 August 2013 )
Place Vendome - Thunder In The Distance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basti   
Sunday, 28 July 2013

Last Tuesday, right towards the end of Avantasia's Mystery World Tour, Michael Kiske finished his vocal recordings for the new Place Vendome album entitled Thunder In The Distance which is supposed to be out beginning of November.

For more info click here

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 August 2013 )
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