Ex-HELLOWEEN Singer MICHAEL KISKE Interviewed On 'Heavy Metal Thunder'

DJ JC Green of Metal Messiah Radio's "Heavy Metal Thunder" show recently conducted an interview with former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske. The chat is now available for streaming using the audio player below.

"If I Had A Wish", the second video from KISKE/SOMERVILLE — the new project featuring Michael Kiske and American singer Amanda Somerville — can be viewed below. The song comes off KISKE/SOMERVILLE's self-titled debut album, which was released in Europe on September 24 and in the U.S. on October 12 via Frontiers Records.

The collaboration between Kiske and Somerville was conceived as a suggestion by Frontiers Records president Serafino Perugino. "I did a duet with a female singer on 'Breathing Water' by INDIGO DYING," explained Kiske. "It was so nice that [Serafino] offered me a chance to make an album of all duet songs with a famous female singer."

"Kiske/Somerville" sees Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER) and Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, PRIMAL FEAR) handling most of the songwriting (with additional contributions from Sander Gommans, formerly of AFTER FOREVER, and Somerville herself), and Sinner overseeing the production and mix at various recording studios in Europe.

KISKE/SOMERVILLE filmed two videos — "Silence" and "If I Had A Wish" — on March 28 and March 29 in Nuremberg, Germany. Joining Kiske and Somerville for the shoot were Sinner, Gommans, drummer Rami Ali and keyboardist Jimmy Kresic (VOODOO CIRCLE). The clips were directed by Martin Mueller of RCN TV who previously helmed U.D.O.'s "Black and White" and "Mean Streets" and GOTTHARD's "The Call" videos.

"Kiske/Somerville" final track listing (composers for each song listed in parenthesis):

01. Nothing Left To Say (Mat Sinner, Magnus Karlsson)
02. Silence (Mat Sinner, Magnus Karlsson)
03. If I Had A Wish (Mat Sinner, Magnus Karlsson)
04. One Night Burning (Mat Sinner, Magnus Karlsson)
05. Arise (Sander Gommans, Amanda Somerville)
06. End Of The Road (Mat Sinner, Jimmy Kresic)
07. Don't Walk Away (Mat Sinner, Magnus Karlsson)
08. Devil In Her Heart (Mat Sinner, Jimmy Kresic)
09. Rain (Mat Sinner, Magnus Karlsson)
10. A Thousand Suns (Sander Gommans, Amanda Somerville)
11. Second Chance (Mat Sinner, Magnus Karlsson)
12. Set A Fire (bonus track) (Sander Gommans, Amanda Somerville)

The bonus DVD will include the "Silence" and "If I Had A Wish" videos plus a "making-of" documentary.

"Kiske/Somerville" recording lineup:

Michael Kiske - Vocals
Amanda Somerville - Vocals
Mat Sinner - Bass, Backing Vocals
Magnus Karlsson - Lead Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards
Sander Gommans - Additional Lead Guitar
Martin Schmidt - Drums
Ramy Ali - Drums
Jimmy Kresic - Keyboards

"Heavy Metal Thunder" interview with MIchael Kiske (audio):

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