Kiske/Somerville City Of Heroes on LP
Kiske/Somerville is the musical collaboration between vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) and Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia) and the new recording, City Of Heroes, 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 brilliant new 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 Sander Gommans formerly of After Forever and Somerville herself) and with Sinner overseeing the production in various recording studios in Europe. Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Primal Fear, Pretty Maids, Doro) then took care of the mix of the album ensuring a sonic quality second to none.
Considered a metal diva in the European symphonic metal scene, Somerville is an American singer-songwriter from Flint, MI whose catalog of projects, guest appearances and live shows garnered to date is an impressive body of work. Since 1999, she has divided her time between the US and Europe, primarily Germany and the Netherlands. She co-wrote the metal opera Aina, and has also been a vocalist, songwriter, producer and/or vocal coach for many bands like Avantasia, Epica and Kamelot. Some of her most recent endeavors include working with renowned artists Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple).
Hamburg-born singer Michael Kiske is best known as the former lead vocalist for the German metal Gods Helloween. After his departure from the band, Kiske recorded four solo albums, participated on various metal and rock related projects, such as Place Vendome and he also performed with numerous bands as a guest vocalist. In late 2009, he formed the hard rock/heavy metal band Unisonic, together with his former Helloween bandmate Kai Hansen and began touring again after 17 years.
Lead & backing vocals: Michael Kiske & Amanda Somerville
Guitars & keyboards: Magnus Karlsson
Bass & backing vocals: Mat Sinner
Drums: Veronika Lukesova
Kiske/Somerville City Of Heroes Track Listing:
1. City Of Heroes
2. Walk on Water
3. Rising Up
5. Lights Out
6. Breaking Neptune
7. Ocean Of Tears
8. Open Your Eyes
9. Last Goodbye
10. After The Night Is Over
11. Run With a Dream
12. Right Now