PLACE VENDROME – Close To The Sun (Album Review)

PLACE VENDROME – Close To The Sun (Album Review)

Place Vendome is a melodic hard rock project, founded in 2004 by Frontiers Records‘ President Serafino Perugino. Place Vendome was formed by ex-Helloween and current Unisonic vocalist Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward (bass and production), Kosta Zafiriou (drums) and Uwe Reitenauer (guitars) from the band Pink Cream 69 and Gunther Werno (keyboards) from the band Vanden Plas.  The pedigree is undeniable and the results are suitably stratospheric. I am a huge Michael Kiske fan from Helloween to…

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My Top 10 Albums of 2016 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Another year has passed with new music and what a year it has been. With over 100 releases for me to go through to try and break it down to my personal top 10 favorite, wasn’t easy! As a fan of different styles of music, it was hard to pick what I feel as my Top 10. One day it might be some heavier music where other days more melodic. So many other great releases came…

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PLACE VENDOME – Close to The Sun (February 24, 2017)

PLACE VENDOME – Close to The Sun (February 24, 2017)

Place Vendome storm back into your lives with the release of their fourth album, Close to The Sun, on February 24, 2017. The album, which features former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske, will be available via Frontiers Music srl. Place Vendome is a melodic hard rock project, founded in 2004 by Frontiers Records president Serafino Perugino. Place Vendome was formed by ex-Helloween and current Unisonic vocalist Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward (bass and production), Kosta Zafiriou, (drums) Uwe Reitenauer (guitars) from the band Pink Cream 69 and Gunther Werno (keyboards)…

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Avantasia Live In Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Avantasia Live In Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Avantasia Live Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 13th, 2016 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Avantasia is a band I discovered in late 2013. New to the European metal scene I have discovered so many great bands in the last three years. Where have I been? I came across a band called Edguy, and then when I found that the lead singer, Tobias Sammet, was having a Metal Opera Project called Avantasia, I hit the jackpot. Founded in 1999 with…

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Album Review: Avantasia – Ghostlights

Album Review: Avantasia – Ghostlights

The greatest super group project is back with another album and a world tour. For me, this is the most anticipated album of 2016. Tobias Sammet decided to get back in the studio with his creation, Avantasia. Avantasia started out in 1999 as a metal opera concept album featuring a wide variety of singers and musicians. Sammet never had plans to tour but with the success and demand, the show eventually became a world-class tour….

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My Top 10 Albums of 2015 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

My Top 10 Albums of 2015 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

The year is done with new music and what a year it has been! With almost 130 releases for me to go through to try and break it down to my personal top 10 favourites wasn’t easy! As a fan of different styles of music, it was hard to rate these. Depending on how I felt that day and what I want to listen to, one would rate high on the list, then shortly after fall…

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Kiske Somerville-City Of Heroes (April 21, 2015)

Kiske Somerville-City Of Heroes (April 21, 2015)

    The new chapter of the musical collaboration between vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) and Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia) is City of Heroes, indeed a major step forward compared to the debut album, which saw the light of day and garnered glowing reviews in 2010. This exciting album sees Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker, Primal Fear) handling most of the songwriting (with a song contribution “Breaking Neptune” from…

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