Former HELLOWEEN Frontman Readies Third Solo Release, Addresses Criticism

Former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske is tentatively due to issue his third solo album through Sanctuary Records in April, according to his official web site. Although the songs' musical direction reportedly has nothing to do with traditional heavy metal, the material on the album is being described as really heavy, and the CD is said to be "a real rock album" with excellent guitar work. The mixing was reportedly done by producer Charlie Bauerfeind (i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, RAGE), and the CD is said to contain 14 songs, 10 of which were written by Kiske himself and the remaining four by other members of his band. Tentative song titles include the following:

01. Freak-Away
02. Let's Be Sun-Like
03. Ride On
04. Hey, Plastic
05. He Pretends
06. Can I Know Now
07. Boiling Points Of No Return

Kiske recently took the time to describe his inspiration for the musical direction on the album and address criticisms from HELLOWEEN fans who want to hear a similar sound from the group's former vocalist.

The only thing I can do is what I do, Kiske wrote. It's that simple. It's not that I don't need money! I simply can't write anything for abstract or money reasons. I wouldn't know how to do that. I never did it that way. This has only never changed. When I have an idea for a song, I sit down and see where it leads me. Maybe it becomes a song. Most of the time it'll be garbage and die. If I try to fake something, it'll certainly be crap. In the end, what ever you do, HOW you do it, is up to who you really are. If you're real, you do things real, and that'll be only natural. I am also a freedom-loving guy. Nothing will tell me where to fly apart from GOD. And HE'S the one that sets me free. So I am happy! The only true freedom that exists.

My new record is my favorite! Kiske continued. Better songs, more clear where to go and more meant. If you could follow my first two, you'll be very fine with this new one, I guess. (I hope so!)

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