What a nice surprise – five years after their self-titled Kiske /Somerville album, the two singers with incredible pipes have decided to release another album, Kiske / Somerville – City of Heroes. Do we really need to introduce Miachael Kiske and Amanda Somerville here? Well, a refresher might not hurt.
Michael Kiske is simply put THE best rock voice ever to come out of Hamburg, Germany. His star rose with the power metal legends Helloween, but he also released four solo records and is has a ton of guest appearances, with some exceptional live performances with Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia (YouTube them if you don’t know Avantasia!)
Amanda Somerville is another Avantasia link, she did a great ton of background vocals for them as well as other bands such Epica and the mighty Kamelot. This vocalist/songwriter from Flint, Michigan has even more accolades under her belt – Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler, Ian Gillan (Deep Purle)…and the list could go on forever.
Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker, Primal Fear) handled most of the songwriting and Mat also oversaw the production of this album. The mixing was done by Jacob Hansen who has had acts like Volbeat, Amaranthe, Primal Fear, Pretty Maids, and Doro under his fingers at the mixing board.
The City of Heroes album will be released April 17th, 2015 in Europe and April 21st in North America on the Frontiers Music label. Frontiers Music is well known for their love of hard rocking music, just check out one of the Kiske / Sommerville label mates Revolution Saints and you’ll know what I mean. So, the quality is definitely strong with this one!
Here is a sneak peek at some of the songs on Kiske / Somerville – City of Heroes:
We will update this post with pre-order links as soon as we’ll get them, so check back often!