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PLACE VENDOME: Place Vendome




PLACE VENDOME: Place Vendome 2005-10-01 melodic hard rock
Michael Kiske
Playing Time Cat. N°
45:49 FR CD 260
Review by Rating
Edwin 8,5/10
nederlands Review

Frontiers Records boss Serafino Perugino has put together quite a lot of musical projects. In most cases, you can hardly call them bands, as these are mostly just one-off studio projects. He does know what he’s doing, though, as very often something very interesting emerges.

For this Place Vendome (named after a famous city square in Paris), he has been gathering some well-known names from the German metal and hard rock scene: Pink Cream 96’s Dennis Ward, Uwe Reitenauer and Kosta Zafiriou, Gunther Werno (Vandenplas) and –last but not least- ex-Helloween singer Michael Kiske.

Don’t expect anything sounding even remotely metallic like Kiske’s former band, though. A powerful song like “Cross The Line” might still fit into the ultra-melodic metal category (ą la Starbreaker, Allen-Lande), but most songs are vintage melodic hard rock, even venturing into AOR territory at times. The musicianship is excellent and Michael Kiske’s powerful and emotional singing is absolutely magnificent. The brilliant harmonies are the icing on the cake.

The moody “The Setting Sun” is probably my favourite, along with the lively “Magic Carpet Ride” (with a fantastic chorus) and the absolutely stunning album closer “Sign Of The Times”, which is very reminiscent of Queensr˙che in their heydays.

A lot of the credit should go to Dennis Ward, who, apart from playing bass, guitar and keyboards and doing background vocals, has also produced the album and (co-) written all songs. He’s done a great job. It’s interesting to note, though, Michael Kiske’s view on the project. He’s been talking about leaving the hard rock/metal scene for a while now, and he thinks even this Place Vendome is a bit too heavy for his tastes. Let’s hope this brilliant singer isn’t lost to the world of hard rock music.


Michael Kiske: Vocals, background vocals
Kosta Zafiriou: Drums
Uwe Reitenauer: Guitar
Gunther Werno: Keyboards
Dennis Ward: Bass, guitar, keyboards, background vocals


Cross The Line
I Will Be Waiting
Too Late
I Will Be Gone
The Setting Sun
Place Vendome
Heaven’s Door
Right Here
Magic Carpet Ride
Sign Of The Times

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