Sunday, May 17, 2009

HELLOWEEN's Michael Kiske returns to PLACE VENDOME!

Michael Kiske was the vocalist for German Metal monsters HELLOWEEN during the late '80s and early '90s, the band's most successful period.
Since he left the Helloween in '93, Kiske has recorded a few solo albums as well as fronting the side project PLACE VENDOME.

PLACE VENDOME is a project put together by Frontiers Records’ President Serafino Perugino. While the 'band' is more of a studio creation featuring musicians hand-picked by Perugino, their sound is cohesive and dripping with commercial AOR sensibilities.

Streets Of Fire is the long-awaited sophomore album from PLACE VENDOME and is an absolute treat for those of you who love melodic Hard Rock and slick and accessible AOR. The album consists of cover versions of less abrasive Hard Rock and AOR favorites although none of them will be overly familiar to anyone but hardcore melodic Metal lovers. In fact, the lack of familiarity to the material featured on Streets Of Fire enables the band to add their own stamp to the recordings. While nothing like his recordings with Helloween, Kiske's voice still sounds amazing on the album. He embraces the material as if it were his own and takes it to places only Michael Kiske can.

The centerpiece of this highly recommended release is "My Guardian Angel", one of the most melodic Metal ballads since Scorpions' "Still Loving You"!

Like all Frontiers Records releases, PLACE VENDOME deserves to be added to any discerning AOR fan's collection. This may not be the ultimate PARTY album, but it will satisfy those late night snug-fests that usually come after that fiesta!
Stephen SPAZ Schnee

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