Written by Sebastian Vollmer
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
A new band is about to enter the rock world: UNISONIC marks the fusion of
exceptional vocalist Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) with Dennis Ward (bass)
and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany´s Pink Cream 69. Swiss guitarist Mandy
Meyer who is known for his work with Asia, Gotthard and Krokus completes the
UNISONIC features Michael Kiske joining a real band situation for the first
time in almost 16 years: Since his departure from Helloween in late 1993, he
participated in various projects and released several solo albums. In the
project Place Vendome four years ago he not only recorded with Ward and
Zafiriou, he found two musical soul mates as well. After the sequel album of
PV, the trio decided to join forces for a new band. Dennis Ward, who had
previously produced a record for Krokus, suggested Mandy Meyer as the
perfect addition for the vacant job on the guitar.
Sharing the vision of a rock band free from any musical corsets, the
foursome already started writing songs for their debut album, which is
scheduled for release in late spring of 2010.
Michael Kiske, one of the finest and most unique voices in contemporary rock
music, explains his motivation of becoming a part of a band again:
"Since the Place Vendome-productions I was impressed by Dennis Ward's skills
as a songwriter and producer. We were occasionally fooling around since then
via email that we should do more together in the future, so the idea came up
to do a new band. I was generally getting a bit tired of doing everything on
my own for so many years, so it just felt like the right thing to do now. We
can all only benefit from working together. No matter how good you are solo,
four people will always be better than one I think, if they manage to
function together. And a real band is also a very good reason to finally go
on tour again - after 17 years I can´t wait to get back on stage and have
some fun with the band and the fans!"
In summer 2010, UNISONIC will hit the festival stages all over Europe,
further territories will follow the rest of the year, so watch out for dates
in your area!