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CD review PLACE VENDOME "Close to the Sun"

Veröffentlicht am 9. März 2017 von Markus W. in Place Vendome, Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, News, CD Review, Frontiers Music, Rock

(8/10) Some news from Place Vendome? Actually not. OK, there’s a new longplayer that hit the stores. The band/project that was founded in 2004 became a constant factor in melodic rock. What began with the successful debut found its continuation with two more records of which “Thunder in the Distance” was the latest one. Place Vendome seems to follow a kind of a four years rooster in which they come up with a new album. And here it is number four. “Close to the Sun” is the title of it and it comes with all the things you could expect from the band. So there is some news that comes with the well-known musical brilliance that’s known from the predecessors.

The artwork includes the eagle, the line-up is stable and the songs are well-crafted melodic rockers. Things stay as they were and that’s good. Place Vendome found a formula for melodic rock that also  makes this longplayer to an irresistible experience, even though this kind of music isn’t unique. But as on the first three records Place Vendome finds again the right balance of melodic vocals lines, mighty guitars and catchy hooks. Kiske, Ward & Co. manage to never drown in triviality with their songs. They deliver quality.

The opener “Close to the Sun” is the perfect example. Michael Kiske’s vocals are outstanding, the furious guitars are a treat and the rhythm section is pushing hard. This song reflects all Place Vendome trademarks and is a well-chosen opener. A number that brings the more emotional side to the forefront is “Strong” which is a power ballad (I actually don’t like this word). The songs marks a more silent moment on the album before gears are shifted with “Across the Times”. In the end I could mention each of the tracks since they are all equally good.

To spice things up Place Vendome invited some guest for “Close to the Sun”. Guitar solos were added by Kai Hansen, Gus, G., Magnus Karlsson and some more. And last but not least it was Dennis Ward himself who gave this album the sound that’s needed for such a powerful melodic rock production.

This album is a real highlight for fans of melodic metal and leads to a ‘thumbs up’ from my side.





  1. Close to the Sun
  2. Welcome to the Edge
  3. Hereafter
  4. Strong
  5. Across the Times
  6. Riding the Ghost
  7. Light Before the Dark
  8. Falling Star
  9. Breathing
  10. Yesterday is Gone
  11. Helen
  12. Distant Skies


Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: February 24th, 2017

CD review PLACE VENDOME "Close to the Sun"

CD review PLACE VENDOME "Thunder in the distance"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Place Vendome, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock

(9/10) Michael Kiske is back. After the successful tour with Avantasia he focussed on his band Place Vendome again. It seems that it doesn't matter for which bands Kiske sings, since he has just a great voice and it is highly entertaining to listen to him. Helloween, Avantasia, Unisonic or Place Vendome. It's just great vocals .

Furthermore it seems, that Kiske found a good partner in crime in Dennis Ward. They played together in Unisonic and now it is Ward who also produced the new Place Vendome records. He managed to give Place Vendome a perfect sound. But not only that he produced "Thunder in the distance, he also played the bass on the album. The guy seems to be really busy at the moment.

"Thunder in the distance" comes with 13 melodic rock songs somewhere between AOR, classic rock and hardrock. The album continous where "Streets of fire" four years ended. All the songs are on a top level and Kiske got supprt from songwriters like Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki, Alessandro del Veccio (Hardline) plus some more. There is no single filler on the album, but there are some pearls - like e.g. the opener "Talk to me". The songs has a great bridge and a catchy chorus. It sticks in your ears already after the first listening session. Also the second song "Power of music" belongs to the highlights. What a hookline. This is melodic rock in perfection. "Lost in paradise" reminded me a bit to Kiskes songs with Avantasia and "It can't rain forever" is a ballad with some intelligent lyrics and a catchy AOR chorus. Also the rocking title track "Thunder in the distance" belongs to my favorites.

"Thunder in the distance" is a MUST for each melodic rock fan. An fantastic album with great songs, played by excellent musicians. My only hope is to see Place Vendrome also live in Holland. Guys, take the chance. There are a lot of great venues ;o)



  1. Talk to me
  2. Power of music
  3. Broken wings
  4. Lost in paradise
  5. It can't rain foreverFragile ground
  6. Hold your love
  7. Never too late
  8. Heaven lost
  9. My heart is dying
  10. Break out
  11. Maybe tomorrow
  12. Thunder in the distance

Label: Frontier Records

Genre: Melodic Rock

CD review PLACE VENDOME "Thunder in the distance"

New PLACE VENDOME album samples

Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2013 von Markus W. in Place Vendome, AOR, Michael Kiske, Hardrock, News

PLACE VENDOME announces a new album for autumn this year. The album will be called "Thunder in the distance" and will be released on November 1st via Frontiers Records. The album is produced by Denis Ward, who was also working together with Kiske in Unisonic.



  1. Power of music
  2. Broken wings
  3. Lost in paradise
  4. It can't rain forever
  5. Hold your love
  6. Never too late
  7. Heaven lost
  8. My heart is dying
  9. Breakout
  10. Maybe tomorrow
  11. Thunder in the distance


A sample of the new tracks can be listened to with the link.



New PLACE VENDOME album samples