The Vocal Range of Michael Kiske





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Published on Nov 11, 2011

The legendary former frontman of Helloween, Michael Kiske is renowned for his seamless powerful highs, crystal clean tone and wide vibrato. After leaving the band in the early 90s, he has released several solo records of light rock and pop, and has made guest appearance on many metal records. Most notably, he has appeared on every release of Tobias Sammett's Avantasia project, and has recorded with Revolution Renaissance and Place Vendome.

0:00 - Emotional crooning bottoming at G♯2 in his Elvis tribute "Mary in the Morning"
0:19 - G♯2 from "So Sick"
0:31 - Great singing down to a strong G2 from "Key to the Universe" by Timo Tolkki
1:02 - Short F♯2 in "Somebody Somewhere"
1:09 - Somewhat strange F♯2 from "I'd Die for You"
1:16 - Spoken F♯2s from "Halloween"
1:30 - A solid E2 from "Shadowfights"
1:39 - A short E2 from "Time's Passing By"
1:45 - Spoken E2s from "Keeper of the Seven Keys"
2:01 - A phrase ending in an E♭2 from "Absolution" by Tribuzy
2:21 - From a 1993 interview, Kiske first fits a full voice C♯2, then dips to B♭1 in fry
2:35 - Great singing up to B4 from "I Will Be Gone"
3:01 - More B4s with heavy vibrato in "Streets of Fire"
3:21 - A fantastic B4 from "Sign of the Times"
3:35 - Singing up to a chesty C5 in "Philistine City"
3:56 - Easy powerful C5 from "Stargazers" by Avantasia
4:11 - Very long C5 from "Eagle Fly Free"
4:46 - Energetic singing topping at C♯5 from "Place Vendome"
5:23 - An immense C♯5 from "The Tower"
5:38 - Super-clean D5 singing from "Easy"
6:03 - Singing up to D5 in "Cross the Line"
6:17 - A pair of passionate D5s from "Your Turn"
6:33 - Several C♯5s with two great E♭5s from the awesome chorus of "Absolution"
7:03 - Steals the show with fantastically phrased lines on E♭5, and one E5 at the end, from "Farewell" by Avantasia
7:57 - A great E5 from "March of Time"
8:10 - A breathless line sung at E5 from "The Tower"
8:28 - Spoken G2s, leading up to an incredible E5 from "Victim of Fate"
8:53 - Singing up to several E5s in one breath then sustaining a C5 in the climax of "Keeper of the Seven Keys" (cut off for time)
9:18 - The amazing chorus from "Key to the Universe", with a sustained E5 trilling to F5
9:36 - A quite long F5 from "The Tower"
9:48 - A reeeeeeeeeeeally long F5 in the background from "New Horizons"
10:11 - Singing seamlessly up to F5 in the famous chorus of "Eagle Fly Free"
10:23 - A strong though off-key F♯5 from "I'm Alive" off Hell on Wheels
10:32 - A surprising rise to a surprisingly full G5 during a 1989 performance of "Eagle Fly Free"
10:41 - An ethereal F♯5 from "The Chance", followed by smooth singing up to E5
11:06 - An entire line sung on F♯5 from "How Many Tears" live
11:20 - Piercing G5(s) from the re-recorded "Starlight"
11:34 - A falling G5 from "Keeper of the Seven Keys"
11:48 - An entire line sung on G5(!) during a live cover of "Victim of Changes" in 2010 with his band Unisonic
12:02 - Finally, working up to a very sustained F5, with an A5 in the harmony in "Someone's Crying"

Thanks as always to TheTarantinoManiac, Danerage, Stageholder, GoodGuitarSolos

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    • Timo Tolkki
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    • Hymn To Life
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    • Place Vendome
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    • Absolution
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    • Tribuzy
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    • Execution
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