Place Vendome is a Melodic Rock oriented project that was put together by Frontiers Records’s president Serafino Perugino. The project had released three studio albums so far since 2004, and it served as the return platform for Michael Kiske to the music world. This year the project is releasing a new album titled Thunder In The Distance.
Place Vendome features Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex- Helloween), Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic) Dirk Bruineberg (Consortium Project), Gunter Werno (Vandenplas) and Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic). This project is different from what any individual involved on it had done before on their independent bands, as the orientation of the music is targeted to a mainstream radio audience, their talents and musical experience shines through the record. Place Vendome‘s new album Thunder In The Distance presents itself as a more melodic and heavier record than the ones done before. Songs like Power Of Music, Broken Wings & Thunder In The Distance are the strongholds of this album.
The songwriting part of Thunder In The Distance was put together by Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Roberto Tiranti and Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), and Brett Jones. So the album itself is a constellation of talent from the metal world but with the goal of creating a Melodic Rock sound, the result is quite interesting and quite enjoyable I must say.
It is also worth mentioning that Place Vendome was the nesting place of Unisonic, the band currently fronted by Michael Kiske, and that includes Dennis Ward & Uwe Reitenauer as well, which success transcended continents last year.
The Age Of Metal recently had the chance to speak with Michael Kiske of Place Vendome & Unisonic. We talked about Thunder In The Distance, his thoughts on AOR, Unisonic, his thoughts on the metal genre, and much more.