Kiske of this duo is Michael Kiske who was the Helloween singer back when they recorded the "Keeper Of The Seven Keys" album. Amanda Somerville is a singer and vocal coach who's resume includes Avantasia, Epica and Kamelot. She has also released a solo album. On the songwriting front we have Mat Sinner (Primal Fear) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Starbreaker), plus Amanda also contributes. In charge of production was Mat Sinner.
Given Amanda's connection with Avantasia and to be honest not being that familiar with Helloween, I was expecting some sort of power metal meets symphonic metal big production. Instead we have an album that is firmly rooted in the Melodic Rock genre, albeit occasionally giving a nod to grander themes. The vital cue I had missed as I glanced through the press releases was that Michael was the singer of Place Vendome who are a melodic hard rock band that I have only recently stumbled upon via Spotify and I've been very impressed by both their albums.
At first a whole album full of duets took quite a while to get used to. A single duet stuck around track 6 or 7 on a album is one thing, but a whole album full seemed a bit strange. As the duo work their way through an album is fairly well balanced in terms of pace and mood. It is more that just a series of ballads.
Standout tracks for me are the dramatic power ballad "Silence", the uptempo rocker "If I Had A Wish", the symphonic "End Of The Road", straight forward rocker "Rain" and the ballad "Second Change". Elsewhere I found the tracks fell in the ordinary category. I think it is due to a combination of the songwriting and on some tracks I didn't think the vocals combined quite as successfully as on others. Overall the impression I'm left with is of a solid album that will be of interest to melodic hard rock fans.
Rating: 3 stars