Michael Kiske
Instant Clarity

Release date: May 19th 2006
Frontiers Records
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier Amigo
Website: www.michaelkiske.net
Style: Hard Rock

Rating: 52/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: May 25th 2006

Everyone knows Michael Kiske has had a huge impact on the power metal scene, and the contribution to how the scene is today is something no one can ever take away from him, and to this date he remains one of my favorite metal vocalists!

But the journey he has taken since leaving Helloween has been bumpy to say the least. And the re-release of this album - originally released in 1996 - isn't going to change that one bit.

This one is however a tad better than the new self-titled solo-album, but I wish Michael Kiske would accept the fact, that his voice is a much better fit for metal, than for rock!

The reissue does add some treats for Kiske fan's with the inclusion of 3 brand new songs: "I Don't Deserve Love", "Sacred Grounds" & "Can't Tell", plus the original bonus track for Japan: "A Song Is Just A Moment". And along with the few good songs on this album: "The Calling" & "New Horizons" - both with Kai Hansen on guitars - the cool ballad: "Always" and the 10 minutes plus epic: "Do I Remember a Life?" - along with Kiske's vocal acrobatics throughout the album makes this a decent release, but nothing more...

If you are a huge Kiske fan and have missed out on this album before, then don't miss out on this opportunity to complete your Kiske collection with this album. To all others - do consider if you shouldn't buy Place Vendome or an old Helloween album instead!