Members: Lenny Wolf - Vocals And More / Eric Foerster - Lead Guitar / Frank Binke - Bass / Nadar Rahy - Drums
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It is not the success of the early days which Lenny Wolf associates Kingdom Come with, nor earlier hits from his long-standing career. What he really cares about is the present. Is this a contradiction in view of his new album Rendered Waters (out on 28 March 2011 in Europe, 25 March 2011 in Germany, and on 22 March 2011 in the US), which features eight old and three newly recorded songs? Certainly not. All eleven tracks were cut at Lennys Two Square Noise Factory studio in Hamburg, Germany. In particular, the new recordings of old material show Kingdom Comes vision of living in the here and now. I purposely chose tracks from the very early days to show how we play, hear and feel the songs nowadays, says Wolf. Listening habits have changed dramatically, especially among the younger audience, which made it exciting for me to breathe new life into numbers which have not been heard for a while.
For example Should I, this time played more slowly giving it a heavier appeal. The drums are more open and the guitars, according to Lenny, feature a more tube-oriented sound and warmer, more driving tone: Just to give it an overall 2011 vibe. Of course, you can only change songs to a certain extent if you dont want to lose the character and central theme of the original version. The same goes for Ive Been Trying, Pushing Hard and Living Out Of Touch. None of them has been reinvented, but all three certainly have a noticeably new approach to them. On the other hand, Lenny changed the verse of Ive Been Trying completely, giving it a different arrangement, just like he transported the song Seventeen into the year 2011. Seventeen has always been kind of a key song for Kingdom Come, yet it has never received much attention since it has a very non-commercial approach and is either loved or hated, but with the new version it will hopefully get the recognition it deserves.
Another argument against suggestions that Lenny just wanted to warm up old material is that he purposely didnt choose to re-record former hits like Get It On, What Love Can Be, Do you like it and Twilight Cruiser which put Kingdom Come on the map on a global level. He even selected a song such as Break Down The Wall from his pre-Kingdom Come days back in 1985 when he played with LA-based band Stone Fury, which just goes to show how timeless the material is. It was very interesting to add new styles and to carry them into the year 2011. There are a number of songs from the Seventies. Their charm lives off the old recording technology which cant be beaten these days and therefore should remain untouched, but re-recording Eighties songs isnt such a sacrilege.
Lets not forget the three brand new songs, which feature that typical Kingdom Come structure of strong guitar hook lines and Wolfs charismatic vocals. Blue Trees, Is It Fair Enough
and Dont Remember once again see Lenny prove his unwillingness to pander to expectations. Like it or not, he certainly follows his very own route. Although Lenny again recorded most of the instruments himself, Eric Foerster, who contributed those ruthlessly driven guitar solos, and American-born Berlin resident Hanan Rubinstein, who mastered the CD, both certainly need to be mentioned for their great contribution.
To sum it up, here are a number of facts for history buffs: Kingdom Come were formed in 1987 in Los Angeles, USA. Besides Lenny, the only German in the group, there was also James Kottack, now playing drums with the Scorpions. The sensational debut Kingdom Come reached number 12 in the US charts, and its successor In Your Face made high chart positions all over the globe, too.
There is no end in sight. In Lennys words: Kingdom Come is my calling. I either fall or rise with it. Apart from a few bad decisions, Ive done alright. Thankful and still fully loaded, back to the future.
For more detailed information about the Kingdom Come history, please visit www.lennywolf.com
01. Cant Deny (newly recorded version)
02. The Wind (newly recorded version)
03. Blue Trees (brand new song)
04. Should I (newly recorded version)
05. Ive Been Trying (newly recorded version)
06. Pushing Hard (newly recorded version)
07. Seventeen (newly recorded version)
08. Is It Fair Enough (brand new song)
09. Living Out Of Touch (newly recorded version)
10. Dont Remember (brand new song)
11. Break Down The Wall (newly recorded version)
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