Following his stint with his new band UNISONIC, Kiske decided to go back 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.
The Place Vendome band was put together by Frontiers Records in 2005 and comprised of Dennis Ward (bass), Uwe Reitenauer (guitars), Kosta Zafiriou (drums) from Pink Cream 69, Gunter Werno (keyboards) from Vandenplas and Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Avantasia, etc) on vocals.
Rock operas seem to be quite fashionable these days, but this one is just too good and interesting to dismiss it as "just another one". Just a look at the participants shows that this is an almost safe play, with musicians from VANDEN PLAS, PINK CREAM 69 and SILENT FORCE, while the characters are sung by D.C. Cooper (SILENT FORCE; also responsible for all the lyrics), Sabine Edelsbacher (EDENBRIDGE), Andy Kuntz (VANDEN PLAS), David Readman (PINK CREAM 69), plus a professional soul and an opera soprano (both, of course, female), so highest quality ensured in this department, too.
KISKE / SOMERVILLE is the musical collaboration between vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) and Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia) and this new recording is certainly going to be one of the highlights of the season in Rock music. Kiske’s soaring overtones seem to blend perfectly with the ethereal quality and diverse range of Amanda's voice and this time the results are truly over the top. This Deluxe Edition includes a bonus DVD featuring music videos and a making of documentary about the album.
FIRST SIGNAL is a new exciting Melodic Rock studio project presenting the alliance between two well known faces in the scene: Canadian singer Harry Hess (ex HAREM SCAREM) and producer/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, PLACE VENDOME, KHYMERA etc.). The concept behind this recording is to bring back the classic Harem Scarem sound which after the band decision to split is very much missed by many fans. Records such as “Mood Swings” and “Weight of the World” are regarded as true masterpiece albums and they were the inspiration behind the First Signal songs which of course are also open to some new twists and interpretations.