Place Vendome - Thunder In The Distance

Place Vendome - Thunder In The Distance

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(CD, Frontiers Records, 2013)

PLACE VENDOME came to life as the brainchild of the Frontiers label president Serafino Perugino and released the excellent debut album back in 2005. Of course, the big news back then was the participation of ex-HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske. After the 2009 “Streets Of Fire” follow-up, there was little to be heard regarding this project and I even thought we’d have to say goodbye to this collaboration. Still, I was proven wrong with the fresh release in question that happens to be the band’s third album, entitled “Thunder In The Distance”.

There’s a good reason fans of PLACE VENDOME will cheer up now: this new third CD is as good as the first two ones and is a winner by any means. The major melodies are here to hunt you down, be it the result of the keyboards layers or the guitar firing, and also the vocal abilities of Kiske will not let you down... again. The songwriting team now consists of names such as Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR), Timo Tolkki (ex-STRATOVARIUS), Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), Roberto Tiranti and Andrea Cantarelli (LABYRINTH), Tommy Denander (RADIOACTIVE), Sören Kronqvist (SUNSTORM) and Brett Jones and the tracklist sees a great spirit in terms not only of craftsmanship but also of desired harmonies and leads that will stick to your mind without letting go. The basic genre is melodic Hard Rock but the AOR stint is again here and some more powerful Hard Rock is not out of the question too, rest assured.

The cover artwork is again representative for a PLACE VENDOME release, with beautiful and rich colors and a lurking atmosphere of good taste and free will. If being a fan of the band or Kiske’s post-HELLOWEEN works, then get “Thunder In The Distance”; it shall not disappoint you. There’s a wide spectrum of melody in here, you'll see.

7/10 


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Tracklist:

01. Talk To Me
02. Power Of Music
03. Broken Wings
04. Lost In Paradise
05. It Can’t Rain Forever
06. Fragile Ground
07. Hold Your Love
08. Never Too Late
09. Heaven Lost
10. My Heart Is Dying
11. Breakout
12. Maybe Tomorrow
13. Thunder In The Distance


Lineup:

Michael Kiske - Lead Vocals
Dennis Ward - Bass, Vocals, Rhythm Guitars
Dirk Bruineberg - Drums
Gunter Werno - Keyboards
Uwe Reitenauer - Lead Guitars