Here we have Michael Kiske’s new solo outing, simply titled “Kiske”. As a fan of HELLOWEEN, especially of the “Keeper…” albums and knowing what Michael Kiske is capable of vocally, “Kiske” can be a trying listen. Not that this is necessarily a bad record; it’s just not what I want from Michael Kiske. Maybe I’m being selfish, but I just have a hard time accepting that one of Power Metal’s all-time greatest voices is content with simple, introspective Pop Rock. But I guess this isn’t about me.
For what it is, “Kiske” is a decent album. It’s full of chilled out, easy going, adult-oriented Pop Rock that certainly stands up to most all of the popular artists playing this style. Anyone interested in John Mayer, COLDPLAY or other similar artists will likely enjoy “Kiske”. The problem is, most of those people will never hear this album, which is quite unfortunate. And most of those who will hear this album (Metal fans) will most likely not enjoy it, which is also unfortunate.
So if you happen to occasionally dig some soft Pop Rock in between your headbanging, give Michael Kiske’s “Kiske” a chance. And pass the word on to your Pop-loving friends/family. But if you’re expecting vocal pyrotechnics and flashy Power Metal, Michael Kiske just isn’t that man anymore. (Online July 14, 2006)