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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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: Energy of the Elements – 03:30 Dehuman Rise

Album Review: Energy of the Elements – 03:30 Dehuman Rise

Love Power Metal?  Love Operatic Metal? Love Energy of the Elements? I listened to 03:30 without any preconceived ideas and was rewarded by a fascinating mix of the old and new from this group, who have a cultured line in fantasy-themed storytelling. Hailing from Turin, these Italian metallers have just issued their debut long player.  The band consists of Fabrizio Balliano (Vocals), Riccardo Balliano (Lead guitar), Roberto Deblasio (Rhythm guitar), Gabriele Gilodi (Keyboards), Emanuele Lepredoro…

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Album Review: Khymera – The Grand Design

Album Review: Khymera – The Grand Design

The Khymera project started out in 2003 as an alliance between Italian producer/musician, Daniele Liverani and then Kansas singer Steve Walsh. This really took off when Pink Cream 69 bassist Dennis Ward came into the picture. Dennis always sings background vocals with his bands, but on this project he takes the lead on the Khymera albums A New Promise and The Greatest Wonder. It was time for Dennis to take complete control with songwriting and production…

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