The Japanese magazine BURRN! published the results of their big poll done by the readers and Michael Kiske was voted as the best vocalist of 2012! But that's not everything Unisonic also get recognition in different polls.
Burrn! magazine awards as "Best vocalists of 2012":
1. Michael Kiske (Unisonic)
2. Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
3. Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
4. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
Michael Kiske commented about the award: "I thought I have been forgotten long time ago. It's very moving that I was voted for the Best Vocalist... I can't explain this feeling. I must have done something that remained in people's heart. It's wonderful."
And Unisonic got a great rating in different polls, for example, the 5th place as the "best group of 2012", where the winner was Aerosmith. Kai Hansen was in the 5th place as the "best guitarist of 2012" also Mandy Meyer was in the 30th place, the winner was Edward Van Halen. Dennis Ward was in the place 24 as "the best bassist of 2012", poll where obviously the winner was Steve Harris. Unisonic was 2nd as the Brightest hope of 2012, winner was Cyntia and the 3rd position as "the best Live Performance in Japan" after Judas Priest and Accept. Kai Hansen was on the 3rd place as "best songwriter of 2012" where the winner was Syu of Galnery. Unisonic was the 2nd album of 2012 after Accept. As "best DVD of 2012" the 4th position was for Gamma Ray Skeletons & Majiesties Live. And the song 'Unisonic' was chosen as "the best song of 2012". In the "Best pleasure of 2012" Unisonic was in 9th place.
Summary of better results:
- Best vocalist: Michael Kiske winner.
- Best song: 'Unisonic' winner.
- Best album: Unisonic, 2nd place.
- Brightest hope: Unisonic, 2nd place.
- Best Live Performance: Unisonic, 3rd place.
- Best songwriter: Kai Hansen, 3rd place.
- Best DVD: Gamma Ray Skeletons & Majesties, 4th.
- Best group: Unisonic, 5th place.
- Best guitarist: Kai Hansen 5th, Mandy Meyer 30th.
Michael Kiske will sing one track in the new Metal Opera managed by Timo Tolkki and it will be released by the Italian label Frontiers Records on May 17th in Europe and it will be released on May 21st in North America.
The name of the project is Timo Tolkki's Avalon and the album is titled Land Of New Hope and included Michael it will have the following collaborators: Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Russel Allen (Symphony X), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Elyze Ryd (Amaranthe), Rob Rock, Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and Alex Holwarth (Rhapsody of Fire).
Frontiers Record statement:
A.D.2055, Planet Earth has almost been destroyed by a series of earthquakes, tsunamis and natural catastrophes. A small group of survivors leaves for a quest to find a sacred place known as "The Land Of New Hope".
The return of the legendary mastermind. He helped to shape up Power Metal with his melodic songwriting The Land Of New Hope, the new Metal Opera.
There is a lot of new information about the new album of Tobias Sammet's Avantasia titled The Mystery Of Time. The cover artwork is now available and it was done by the British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews who worked previously with Magnum, Thin Lizzy, Asia and Nazareth. He has also designed the characters for the TV-series “Lavender Castle“ and created the covers for novels by British fantasy author Michael Moorcock and many more.
The album will be released on March 30th by the German label Nuclear Bast. Michael Kiske sings on three songs: 'Where Clock Hands Dream', 'Savior In The Clockwork' and 'Dweller In A Dream'.
On January 19th at Nuclear Blast headquarters in Donzdorf, Germany was a listening session where some journalist could listen the new album and they shared their impressions. Here is information about the songs where Kiske sings extracted of Carl Begai review, Nuclearblast shop review and musikreviews.de pre-listening session.
04. 'Where Clock Hands Dream' (Michael Kiske/Tobias Sammet) (4:35)
We know the ‘Hessian born’ founder of Avantasia grew up with HELLOWEEN as a teenager and Michael Kiske has been one always on any AVANTASIA albums. The fast track 'Where Cold Hands Freeze' is really written for the voice of the Hamburg born Kiske with the golden voice and the magic is there immediately. A ballad part is just the beginning of 'Where Clock Hands Freeze', then it is a typical, fast melodic metal number, which is of course sung by Sammet and Kiske. The latter shows, as always, that he is one of the best of this style. Carl Begai commented: "...speed/power metal. with Kiske with a performance retourning to 1987."
06. 'Savior In The Clockwork' (Michael Kiske/Joe Lynn Turner, Byford) (10:40)
It get epic again on the nearly 11-minute 'Savior In The Clockwork', an uptempo track with great suspense and film score feeling. This song features Joe Lynn Turner, Biff Byford and Michael Kiske, three of the VIP guests and they start a real musical firework. The epic long track begins with a soundtrack atmosphere and is becoming the most diverse all-rounder that can offer a grand chorus, great solos and a goosebumps-causing feelings. With Turner, Sammet , Byford and Kiske, there are four voices in this track.
09. 'Dweller In A Dream' (Michael Kiske/Tobias Sammet) (4:45)
The epic 'Dweller In A Dream' is really written for the voice of the Hamburg born Kiske with the golden voice and the magic is there immediately. 'Dweller in a Dream' speeds up the tempo again and again with Kiske sings this song with Sammet. This track has a slightly melancholy note but could also acts as a survival from EDGUY songwriting sessions.
If you want to read all the information about the album and comments about all songs check the personalized file for Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time album, all updates will be there.
Link: SupaRed special review
First of all, I have to say: Happy Birthday to SupaRed album! on this day, 10 years ago Michael Kiske, Sandro Giampietro (guitarist), Aldo Harms (bassist) and Jurgen Spiegel (drummer) released the Supalbum. It was released under a band name but it was another solo album like Michael labeled a few years later.
And 10 years later, Michael and Sandro are working again together in a new album (solo album or under another project name)... So to celebrate this anniversary I've written a new post in the new section: Blogs.
Kiske: "The Rock music needs a band to grow. When I was doing the solo records, I had a lot of stuff to sort out and find new definitions for myself. Rock music is not meant for solo artists."
There is available a new section on the site: Blogs. It should be working already in the top menu. This new section is a place where some old and new friends will publish their opinions, histories, comments different themes related with Kiske of course. They will have freedom to speak about whatever they want and to make their blogs in their way. One blog will be done by Heather (one of the biggest collectors of magazines in the world), another blog will be done by Alicia (journalist) and she will give her opinion about the more recent topics of the moment, Jose will write in Spanish, probably will be another blog in Japanese, and it will be a frikie blog done by a crazy friend (it will be funny at least XD) well and also me (another crazy guy). I'm still negotiating to get more people, it will be funny.
You can see the first post in my blog here or check in the table on the right side, for being the first one on this day, it should be about the SupaRed album.