Kiske/Somerville - 'City Of Heroes'
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THE BAND:
Lead & Backing Vocals by Michael Kiske & Amanda Somerville
Guitars & Keyboards: Magnus Karlsson
Bass & Backing Vocals: Mat Sinner
Drums: Veronika Lukesova

 

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "City of Heroes" - This intro consisted of a heavy guitar arrangement.  Underneath the arrangement Veronika plays several tom-tom fills.  As the intro progresses it builds-up with speed.  Underneath the main guitar rhythm there is a second guitar arrangement.  This guitar arrangement was used to fill-in the empty spaces of the main guitar and tom-toms.  Leading into the musical verse the musical arrangement speeds up.  There was a rhythm guitar change underneath Michael's lead vocal lines.  There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus. Amanda sings the chorus.  As the chorus progresses Michael begins to sing with Amanda.  This added a very nice hook.  There was a drum fill connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  For the second verse the rhythm guitar riffs were placed underneath the lead vocal lines.  In between the lyric lines there was a tom-tom pattern along with a bass line.  Both Michael and Amanda sing the entire second chorus.  After the second chorus there was a breakdown section.  Over the top of the breakdown section there was a minor lead guitar solo.  This minor solo lead to the major lead guitar solo.
 The coda consisted of a chorus arrangement.
2.) "Walk on Water" - This track opens with a keyboard arrangement.  As the keyboard arrangement progresses over the top a violin arrangement begins.  A huge drum fill kicks-in the main musical intro.  The rhythm guitar of the main musical intro is playing the same arrangement as the violin section.  I thought as a musicain this gave the song a great sound.  There was an arrangement change for the musical verse.  The way the lyric line were arranged consisted of Michael singing a pre-verse then Amanda singing a pre-verse.  The two vocalists done the same thing for the musical verse.  The musical and lyrical verse consisted of a huge hook.  The two singers arranged the lyric lines of the second pre-verse and verse the same way as they did the first.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  After the lead guitar solo there was a third chorus arrangement.  The coda consisted of a keyboard arrangement.  Musically and lyrically this was a perfect song!
3.) "Rising Up" - This track opens with a keyboard arrangement.  As it progresses, the rest of the band kicks-in.  Over the top of the main intro section, there are little lead guitar licks.  There was a short keyboard arrangement connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  There was an arrangement change for the musical verse.  Michael sang the musical verse.  The musical and lyrical verse had a huge hook attached to them.  There was a small drum fill connecting the first and second verses.  The second verse was sung by Amanda.  The chorus was also sang by Amanda.  This track was just dripping of huge hooks.  Scattered throughout the second pre-chorus there were little lead guitar licks.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  As the solo progressed it got more intense.  The coda consisted of the same keyboard effect that opened the intro.
4.) "Salvation" - This track opens with a keyboard arrangement over the top of a snare drum fill.  There was a huge drum fill connecting the opening intro with the main intro section.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical pre-verse.  Michael sings the pre-verse.  There was a small echo attached to Michael's vocal lines.  There was a small drum fill connecting the musical pre-verse with the verse.  The musical verse consisted of a musical change.  Amanda sings the verse.  There was a drastic musical change for the pre-chorus.  The choruses had a huge hook attached to it.  For the second pre-verse and verse Michael and Amanda switch places.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  Throughout the rest of the song there was a repeated chorus.
5.) "Lights Out" - This track opens with the special effects of wind.  There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro section.  There was a small keyboard arrangement connecting the musical intro with the musical pre-verse.  Amanda sings the pre-verse and Michael sings the verse.  There was a small rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The chorus consisted of a very huge hook.  There was a lead guitar lick connecting the first chorus with the second pre-verse.  Amanda and Michael switch places for the second pre-verse and verse.  After the second chorus there was a blistering lead guitar solo.  After the solo there was a drum fill connecting the solo with the next chorus.  After the third chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo section.  The coda consisted of a strange lead guitar effect.
6.) "Breaking Neptune" - This track was a very well structured song.
7.) "Ocean of Tears" - This was an amazing song that I just fell in love with!!
8.) "Open Your Eyes"- There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro section.  The musical verse was sang by Amanda.  There was a small musical rest.  This musical rest kicked-in Michaels verse.  The chorus consisted of a huge Amanda hook.  For the verses of this song Amanda and Michael switch back and forth.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  The was this solo was recorded sounded like it was played by two different lead guitarist.  After the lead guitar solo there was a chorus over the top of the coda.
9.) "Last Goodbye" -  In many ways this track reminded me of early Helloween.

10.) "After The Night Is Over" - This was one Hell of a ballad!!!!
11.) "Run With a Dream" - This track really shows Michael and Amanda's written talent! 
12.) "Right Now" - This song was amazing!!!

 

    Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.  Michael recorded four studio albums with Hellowen before leaving the band {'Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1' (1987), 'Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2' (1988) 'Pink Bubbles Go Ape' (1991) and 'Chameleon' (1993)}.
    Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter and vocal coach, known primarily for her work with many European symphonic metal bands. Her voice has a wide range; however, she has said herself that her tessitura is in the alto range.
       In 2010, Somerville along with Kiske collaborated on their first musical project entitled Kiske/Somerville.  Songwriting and producing was made by Primal Fear bassist Mat Sinner with collaboration by guitarist Magnus Karlsson (both Matt and Magnus are featured on this release).
     When the first Kiske/Somerville album was released in 2010, the album received good acclaim by both fans and the press.  So, the twenty-five thousand dollar question with 'City Of Heroes' is can the two capture lightning in a bottle twice?  The answer to that question is yes!  Though some sites say the lyrics are a little lovely-dovey I cannot confirm or deny that.  What I can say is this duet team is amazing together.  Then you add Mat Sinner on bass and Magnus Karlsson on guitar and you have one hell of a chemistry.  Let's not forget Veronika Lukesova on drums.  If you liked the first release then you will love the follow up.