Unisonic (band)

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Unisonic

Michael Kiske (left) and Kai Hansen (right) live in an Avantasia show on 8 december 2010.
Background information
OriginGermany
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, power metal
Years active2009–present
LabelsEarMusic Edel AG
Associated actsHelloween, Place Vendome,
Pink Cream 69, Gamma Ray, Gotthard, Sunstorm, Asia, Krokus, Michael Kiske
Websitewww.unisonic.de
Members
Michael Kiske
Kai Hansen
Mandy Meyer
Dennis Ward
Kosta Zafiriou
 
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Unisonic

Michael Kiske (left) and Kai Hansen (right) live in an Avantasia show on 8 december 2010.
Background information
OriginGermany
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, power metal
Years active2009–present
LabelsEarMusic Edel AG
Associated actsHelloween, Place Vendome,
Pink Cream 69, Gamma Ray, Gotthard, Sunstorm, Asia, Krokus, Michael Kiske
Websitewww.unisonic.de
Members
Michael Kiske
Kai Hansen
Mandy Meyer
Dennis Ward
Kosta Zafiriou

Unisonic is a German heavy metal/hard rock supergroup, founded in November 10, 2009 by former Helloween singer Michael Kiske alongside Dennis Ward and Kosta Zafiriou from Pink Cream 69. Mandy Meyer, formerly in Asia and Gotthard was soon added to the line-up,[1][2] while in 2011 the band was joined by Gamma Ray leader and former member of Helloween, Kai Hansen.

The band released the EP Ignition and their first studio album Unisonic in 2012. Unisonic is the first studio full collaboration between Kiske and Hansen since Helloween's legendary albums Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2.

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History

Vocalist Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (ex-Pink Cream 69) had already worked together in the AOR project Place Vendome. After the release of Place Vendome's second album, Streets of Fire in 2009, the aforementioned musicians decided to work together and form a new band. Dennis Ward suggested the recruitment of Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (ex-Krokus). Unisonic began their first tour in June 2010, playing some warm-up shows in Germany and performing at Sweden Rock Festival [3] and Masters of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic as well.[4]

Another former Helloween member, guitarist Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray), joined the band in March 2011.[5][6] In January 2012, Unisonic released their first EP titled Ignition, through EarMusic (Edel AG), together with a video for the song Unisonic.[7][8] The band's self-titled debut album was released on 30 March 2012.[9][10][11]

Mandy Meyer commented on the band's name: "There were so many ideas for a name and everybody liked Unisonic at the end. It fits to our band. United musicians from different backgrounds and countries".[12]

Unisonic embarked on its first world tour in May 2012 playing in South America [13][14] and in music festivals around Europe, such as Rock Hard Festival,[15] Hellfest,[16] Gods of Metal[17] and Masters of Rock[18] among others. The band is also scheduled to play in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Russia, Spain and Germany.[19]

Band members

Discography

References

  1. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/Unisonic/+wiki
  2. ^ http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/1969/87/
  3. ^ http://www.michael-kiske.de/content/view/60/2/lang,en/
  4. ^ http://www.bravewords.com/news/133322
  5. ^ http://www.uberrock.co.uk/interviews/54-march-interviews/4426-kai-hansen-unisonic-interview-exclusive.html
  6. ^ http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=155333%7C title=Kai Hansen Joins Forces With Michael Kiske In Unisonic |publisher=Roadrunnerrecords.com |date= |accessdate=2011-08-25
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Ignition-Unisonic/dp/B006G8C1NE/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1329239950&sr=1-1
  8. ^ http://planetmosh.com/unisonic-ignition-cd-review
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unisonic/dp/B006VUPCHO/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1329240834&sr=8-5
  10. ^ http://hardrockhaven.net/online/2012/02/unisonic-unveils-the-album-artwork-for-the-self-titled-debut-album/
  11. ^ http://headbanger.ru/interviews/279?lng=en
  12. ^ Interview with Mandy Meyer, by Grande Rock.
  13. ^ http://elinfiernosagrado.blogspot.com.ar/2012/05/gotthard-unisonic-en-el-teatro-bsas.html
  14. ^ http://arquivometalcwb.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/review-unisonic-e-gotthard-em-sao-paulo.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed:+ArquivoMetalCwb+%28%C3%BAltimas+postagens+%29
  15. ^ http://metal-exposure.com/?page_id=9463
  16. ^ http://www.lagrosseradio.com/metal/webzine-metal/live-report-metal/p4798-unisonic-au-hellfest-2012.html
  17. ^ http://www.mariskalrock.com/index.php/2012/06/27/manowar-unisonic-y-adrenaline-mob-en-gods-of-metal/
  18. ^ http://www.kultura21.cz/hudba/4790-masters-of-rock-2012-freedom-call-pain-unisonic-edguy
  19. ^ http://www.unisonic.org/mainpage/liveshows/

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