KISKE/SOMERVILLE, the new project featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske and American singer Amanda Somerville, filmed two videos — “Silence” and “If I Had A Wish” — on March 28 and March 29 in Nurnberg, Germany. Joining Kiske and Somerville for the shoot were bassist and main composer Mat Sinner (SINNER, PRIMAL FEAR), guitarist Sander Gommans (AFTER FOREVER, HDK), 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.
Check out behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot below :
The KISKE/SOMERVILLE debut album is scheduled for release in September. A digital single, “Silence”, will be launched in late august before the release of the full album.
Commented Mat Sinner: “The first video clip is for ther song and first single of the album, ‘Silence’, and was shot at the Opera House. The second video clip was shot for the song ‘If I Had A Wish’ in an old and closed public bath. Hard job for all of us, but we had a fantastic time!”
The songs that will end up on the album (not final sequence; composers for each track listed in parenthesis) are:
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 (Sander Gommans & Amanda Somerville)
Somerville is the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who was tapped to replace EPICA vocalist Simone Simons on the band’s North American tour with SYMPHONY X due to Simons‘ health issues. Amanda was also featured on KAMELOT‘s latest release, “Ghost Opera”, and toured with AVANTASIA. She released her solo album, “Windows”, in 2008. A Michigan native, Amanda has resided and worked mainly in Germany and the Netherlands since 1999. She has collaborated with several other bands in the metal scene along with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, and co-wrote the rock opera “Aina”. Her own music is of the pop-rock genre.
Danish rockers, Star Rats are back with their third effort Screw The Consequences. On this album, the Star Rats welcome their new singer, Magnus Moller. Those of you, who may have been fans of the band’s previous singer,Søren Nico Adamsen have nothing to fear. Moller proves to have a good voice for this style of rock, and if anything, has helped the Star Rats put out their best CD yet. Screw the Consequences is packed with heavy riff laden rock that sleaze rock fans are sure to love. I would not go so far as saying every song on this CD is perfect, as there is definitely some room for improvement here. There are some pretty good tunes on this CD though, and I overall I have found Screw the Consequences quite enjoyable.
Some of my favorites include “Who Cares”, “Raise Your Hands To Rock”, “Another Tragedy” “Land’s End” (which features the vocals of Celina Ree) and the album closer “Boozehound” (See video below).
The band has taken one of Bon Jovi’s biggest ballads, “I’ll Be There For You”, and have given it a punk rock like sound. There is no trace of a ballad left in their cover of this song. I love this version.
I am quite impressed with the guitar work of Dennis Post. This guy plays like a madman on this record. You truly need to give this disc a couple of plays to fully appreciate his playing here. This is great stuff.
I don’t know if the Star Rats had it in their mind that their music would not radio ready when they recorded it. Every song seems to be sprinkled with enough expletives that would make most FCC officials blush. Needless to say, you aren’t going to hear Screw the Consequences on the FM airwaves, but you ought to pick up the CD, and play it on your own. It is a good disc and definitely worth checking out.
For more information on the Star Rats, please visit the band’s myspace page at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Who Cares
2. I Could Die Here
3. Losin’ It
4. As I Stay
5. Get Nasty
6. Raise Your Hands To Rock
7. Fakin’an Inside
8. Psycho You
9. Brand New Soul
10. Another Tragedy
11. Lands End
12. Mr Whattafuck
13. I’ll Be There For You
Star Rats are:
Magnus Moller – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Dennis Post – Guitars
Kazz Sogreen – Bass
Christian Braun – Drums
Christian metal band, Audiovision has released a new video, “Invitation”. Is it just me, or all of the cool new bands coming out of Sweden these days?! Check out the “Invitation” below, and visit the Audiovision myspace.