MICHAEL KISKE Kiske Frontiers FRCD285 (2006)
The former Helloween frontman, responsible for the classic Keeper Of The Seven Keys and more, has recorded over several projects and this new solo album is very different, showing his range well.
It's very much more melodic rock / pop, so anyone expecting German speed metal is in for a shock. More Extreme the band than extreme metal by a long way. This style of music was popular in the charts in the mid 90s. No bad thing, just very different.
The album is well produced, and in places acoustic, showing a strong voice. Kiske takes on most of the guitars (bar the solos) and keyboards too.
The songs are well crafted, some neat work and strong vocals throughout, but it is a melodic guitar hard pop album.
Review by Joe Geesin