City Of Heroes
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The newest chapter of the collaboration between vocalist Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) and singer Amanda Somerville, City of Heroes, is a major step forward from their debut. Kiske s soaring vocals blended with the haunting vocals from Amanda and production and songwriting from Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and songwriting from Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker, Primal Fear) create an over the top Melodic Metal masterpiece.
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 5.1 x 0.37 inches; 3.68 Ounces
- Manufacturer : FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL
- Original Release Date : 2017
- Date First Available : February 24, 2015
- Label : FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL
- ASIN : B00THJPI98
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #477,840 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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the first album was a joy to listen to, but i find myself playing this one much more than i ever did of the first, so kudos on skipping the sophmore slump... so if you like the first album you'll likely love this album, if you don't have the first, buy both.
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Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) and Amanda Somerville (Trillium, HDK, Aina) handle the vocals once again. The songwriting team has also remained the same, with Mat Sinner (Primal Fear) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande) providing almost all the material, with just one song written by Sander Gommans (After Forever) and Somerville. The only line-up change is the fact that besides being the only guitar player on the album Karlsson is also in charge of the keyboards and orchestrations, while Veronika Lukesova is the new drummer.
The music follows the known hard rock bordering on melodic metal formula, with a more symphonic approach and better orchestrations. The guitar solos are more varied and elaborate, the rhythm section is very solid, while the whole band sounds tighter than before.
The vocals are varying and include trade off lead passages during the verses and harmonized choruses. Both singers sound outstanding, harmonize perfectly with each other and show off their ranges in an emotional and restrained manner. Somerville is usually the leading voice in the choruses with Kiske providing backing vocals or harmonies.
Most songs fall under the melodic hard rock category, with a couple of symphonic metal numbers and a few ballads. The tempo varies throughout the album and the majority of the material is catchy and strong. The addictive punch of the heavier opener "City Of Heroes", the catchy symphonic ballad "Walk On Water", the atmospheric rock of "Breaking Neptune", the symphonic metal of "Salvation" and the happy rocker "Last Goodbye" are the stronger moments on the album. The ballads "Ocean Of Tears" and "After the Night Is Over" are also note worthy and feature some of the most emotional vocal performances on offer.
Besides the album's strong points there are also some weaknesses, which probably make it a little difficult for City Of Heroes to top the debut album. There are some songs that while not bad sound a little generic and feature choruses that are too predictable. The fact that Somerville's voice is higher in the mix throughout most of the choruses unfortunately gets a little tiring in the long run and makes the album sound a little monotonous. Another minor drawback is the fact that some of the lyrics are a little uninspired.
If you enjoyed the debut album of Kiske/Somerville you will definitely like their sophomore effort. The majority of the songs are very well executed and feature several addictive choruses, outstanding vocal performances, well executed orchestrations and some excellent guitar solos.
Rest of the album just doesn’t quite come to those high hopes raised at the start , lots of great guitar work and vocal passages follow but I didn’t find any tracks standing out as memorable to demand repeat plays . The DVD shows Veronika Lukesova has the makings of one hell of a rock drummer, but the later tracks somehow just don’t give her enough to really get het sticks into. Also at around 75 minutes this is long album , maybe one where “less could have been more”
If some lyrics seem a little uninspired that maybe part down to Amanda’s very limited input to their writing - try her own strong songs on her own Trillium ”Alloy” album you will hear the difference clear enough...