Place Vendome Working On Second Album


July 10, 2008

The recording of PLACE VENDOME second album, the project featuring former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske alongside PINK CREAM 69’s Dennis Ward, is progressing at Ward’s studio in Karlsdorf, Germany. Ward’s PINK CREAM 69 bandmate Kosta Zafiriou and Gunther Werno of VANDEN PLAS also appear on drums and keyboards, respectively. This time some of the songs have also been supplied by Ronny Milianowicz (SAINT DEAMON, PRIMAL FEAR), Torsti Spoof (LEVERAGE) and Robert Sall (WORK OF ART).

Speaking to, Kiske stated about the new CD, “It’s more AOR this time. I like it very much so far. Very different to the stuff I normally do. To record the vocals for the projects I usually need two, maybe three evenings (two hours) for a song to get learned and to find the right performance. Often also just one evening. I always do MY thing. I don’t believe in vocals where singers are just puppets of other people. That makes very static and unconvincing vocals for my ears. The singer always has to be himself. If someone wants me to sing a song and I say yes to it, it gets ‘kiskelized'”.

The tracks being recorded for the new album are:
Surrender Your Soul; Completely Breathless; A Scene In Replay; Dancer; Changes; Believer; Streets of Fire; Follow Me; I’d Die For You; Set Me Free; Valerie.

Torsti Spoof told about the new album: “I wrote ‘Dancer’, ‘Changes’, ‘Believer’ and ‘Streets of Fire’. Tuomas Heikkinen and Pekka Heino wrote the lyrics. The songs are very melodic hard rock. ‘Changes’ is a bit more AOR than the rest. The songs are not so far from the style of the first album at all. ‘Streets of Fire’ and ‘Dancer’ are a bit on the heavier side. It is up to the producer how the songs end up sounding: how heavy, how AOR etc… I can’t wait to hear the finished album”.

Ronny Milianowicz stated: “My songs are ‘Surrender Your Soul’, ‘Completely Breathless’ and ‘A Scene In Replay’. I think it’s very AOR and especially ‘Surrender Your Soul’ and ‘A Scene In Reply’. ‘Compleatly Breathless’ could be a modern pop/metal song. Kiske sang on the greatest album of all time, ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 2’, [so] to be able to write something for him is a dream come true. Since I started write music back in ’88 I always thinking a voice like Kiske in my head when I compose so finally I get the original voice to my compositions”.

Robert Sall: “I wrote ‘Follow Me’ and ‘Valerie’. These songs sounds more like the songs on the WORK OF ART album, which I think it’s a bit softer than the first PLACE VENDOME record. I didn’t write these songs specifically for PLACE VENDOME and I’m a bit surprised that the record company wanted these songs for the new VENDOME record, but I hope the VENDOME fans, as well as Mr. Kiske, will enjoy them anyway!!”

Release is expected to happen in late 2008 / early 2009.

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