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Thunder In The Distance
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2013
The Place Vendome project is comprised of Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, etc) on vocals, Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) on bass, Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69) on guitars, Gunter Werno (Vandenplas) on keyboards and Dirk Bruineberg (Consortium Project) on the drums.

As on the previous album, the songwriting is provided by different musicians. Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius, Avalon), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Brett Jones, Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm), Andrea Cantarelli and Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) make up the songwriting team.

The music on Place Vendome's third album is a mixture of the previous two offerings. The sound is more guitar oriented compared to Streets Of Fire and more AOR focused compared to the debut album. A good mixture of melodic hard rock and AOR with plenty of hooks, good dosages of melodic and heavier riffs, some astonishing solos, lots of keyboards and tight rhythm sections.

Although the instrumentation and the production shine it is vocalist Michael Kiske who steals the spotlight once again. For one more time he proves that he is still in perfect shape and probably delivers his best performance with Place Vendome. The songs contain a wide variety of vocals, although this time Kiske focuses more on the higher end of his range to great effect.

The melodic hard rocker "Broken Wings" and the soaring "Thunder In The Distance" are the stronger of the heavier songs. The up beat and uplifting "Never Too Late", the energetic "My Heart Is Dying" and the melodic "Lost In Paradise" offer some very solid AOR. The dynamic "Heaven Lost", the power ballad "Maybe Tomorrow" and the mellow "It Can't Rain Forever" are the best of the slower songs. In all the mentioned tracks you find addictive harmonies, memorable choruses, impressive guitar work and stunning vocal performances.

Even though the album is extremely good, it is not perfect. The opener "Talk To Me" is energetic and catchy but similar to the song Streets Of Fire from the previous album. "Hold Your Love" and "Break Out" are two average songs that could be labeled as filler.

Thunder In The Distance is perhaps slightly better than the project's previous album and a definite highlight for the melodic rock genre. If you enjoyed Place Vendome's previous releases buy this now! If you are into melodic rock or AOR, definitely give this project a listen.
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on 15 February 2014
This is a superb CD - all the ingredients are there; slick production, fantastic musicianship, the unique and classy vocals of Mr Kiske and best of all, excellent songs. The orchestration isn't in your face either, like some albums, but is used to subtle effect n the background. A number of reviews have commented on the lack of variety of music on this CD and I can understand their point (most songs are smooth, mid tempo melodic rock), but when it's performed as well as this, I'm happy to sit and listen to it over and over again. It's certainly up there with the Find Me , Work of Art and debut Lionville CDs, all of which fall into this category. There are no standpoint songs for me - they're all good, but there are some beautiful moments such as the guitar 'trills' at 2:50 in "Fragile Ground". A truly wonderful album.
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on 22 January 2014
Two of the greatest singers in heavy rock today are Jorn Lande and Michael Kiske. The latter once again shines here, backed by luminaries from several bands. Dennis Ward, bassman from Pink Cream 69, is also producing, like he has done for many top Frontier Records CDs in the last years (and decades on other labels). Unisonic, Pink Cream, Place Vendome, Sunstorm - all produced by Dennis. Amazing stuff and I love them all. Personally, I find this album not as good as the second album from Place Vendome, but all 3 are well worth having and by now you should just order this asap!
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on 23 January 2014
More of a commercial feel about this album, but i love every track on it. This would not be out of place in the late 1980s and for me, that is high praise. I'm not usually a fan of Melodic rock music (preferring a harder edge), although this album has changed my mind
completely and am looking at others of a similar genre. More of this please, I feel like i'm 16 again.
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on 31 December 2013
Bought for my husband for Xmas, haven't actually heard it myself but he loves it and says its one of the best he's heard.
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on 29 January 2014
great AOR music, great vocalist, good music. Great cd, maybe not the best one of Place Vendome but really good
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2013
Following on from that last two albums that were very good I was looking forward to this one. The only criticism I have with the great melodic music and super voice of Mr. Krisk is that the songs do not vary enough for me from one to the other as much has in the previous albums. Nonetheless, it is an easy album to listen to when relaxing with your feet up even with the more lively tracks.
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