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Awesome review from Rockportaal

rock portaalDutch site RockPortaal have done a great review on our Different album. Words like this make it all worthwhile!

You can find the original here, and a google translation follows. Thank you Hans!

The stayer wins (always) … That is what Peter Cox and Hans in ‘t Zand must have always had in mind. The duo has been involved in the band since the establishment of Chinawhite in 1987. In addition to this beautiful character trait, Chinawhite has at least as many lives as a cat.

It started for the melodic / symphonic metal band in the nineties with the release of a number of cassettes and the mini-album A Dragons Birth in 1997. The first full-length album was released in 2000: Breathe Fire. Then it was nine years quiet, except for a digital compilation album with demos from the period 1990 – 2005. Challenges in 2009 was the next sign of life. But at the moment – with the exception of Cox and in ‘t Zand – everyone thought that the band was defunct, there is suddenly more than thirty years after the foundation and nine years after Challenges in the late spring of 2018 Different.

Fortunately, the ‘test of time’ has not got a grip. Chinawhite still rocks as always. With the familiar symphonic elements through it. Which is not surprising given the musical preference of guitarist and keyboard player Peter Cox. The gentlemen are now tried and tested and know how to produce a fat metal album. Of which deed through the two unadulterated rockers Kiss Of Fire (with a wonderful chorus) and Where I Stand where the album starts. That is partly due to singer Phil Vincent. He has an excellent rock voice, which may require some habituation.

Hello To The World is a quiet composition with beautiful harmonious vocals and a guitar sound that both reminds of the legendary rock band Boston. A sound that you encounter several times on the album. Because of this, I think the album has two faces. Rough, with a legion of overdriven guitar riffs that are sometimes aggressive and then smooth and polished. The varied Different – Eat It Raw shows both faces (hear). One of the positive outliers is Wings Of The Wind. Phil Vincent here shows his best side. Musically it goes down in a variety of straight metal and progressive metal.

Instrumentally Chinawhite also makes good ornamental. As with the pointed and guitar-dominated Or The Same !. But entirely with the closing and with eight minutes longest song Thank You And Goodnight. It is a huge contrast with the previous ten songs. You even wonder if this is the same band. A playful intro on piano (by guest musician Rolf Vossen) is followed by minutes of beautiful melodic guitar playing. Gradually the music becomes more intense due to the use of a second guitar. Then to end in peace and symmetry. I think this is truly a sublime conclusion to a surprising and fresh album.

Different proves that Chinawhite is still alive and kicking. Lovers of melodic and symphonic rock and metal I recommend listening to the album. Perhaps the gentlemen will let us know before 2027 if there is still a new life …

 

Where to buy Different

chinawhite - differentThe wait is over! Different is available now, so here are some links for you:

Rock Company

CDBaby

Bandcamp

iTunes

Bol.com

But you should also be able to find it at your favourite record store.

To listen on Spotify:

Different track list and credits

chinawhite - differentEver since they got together in the second half of the Eighties, Chinawhite have been entertaining their audiences with a vivid mix of melodic, hard and progressive rock. You are now invited to check out their new album. In a way only Chinawhite can pull off, they deliver another blistering set of rock solid drums, thumping bass, guitars, guitars, more guitars and some keyboards to lift the mood. And let’s not forget the amazing vocals!
No doubt this is Chinawhite at their most melodic and powerful ever.

2018 Line Up:
Peter Cox – orchestrations, keyboards and all guitars (Forest Field)
Sander Stappers – bass (Souls Of Deaf, Tributor)
Phil Vincent – all vocals (Tragik, D’Ercole, CranstoN)
Hans In t Zandt – drums (Praying Mantis, ex Vengeance and Mad Max)

with Rolf Vossen adding organ, piano and keyboards to some tracks.

Recorded at Down The Road studio, except drums at Drums By Mail and vocals at The Musik Room (USA). Mixed and Mastered by Erwin Hermsen at Toneshed.nl . Artwork by Blekkmark.

Tracks:

1 Kiss Of Fire (5:16)
2 Where I Stand (4:16)
3 Hello To The World (4:41)
4 Money (3:41)
5 Different? – Eat It Raw (5:01)
6 Wings Of The Wind (4:24)
7 Mystery (4:19)
8 Light-years To Heaven (4:04)
9 Or The Same! (4:56)
10 It Means Nothing (5:06)
11 Thank You And Goodnight (8:01)

Back with a Kiss Of Fire!

HERE IT IS! We are back with a kiss of fire

Chinawhite 2018 is Phil Vincent – all vocals, Hans In T Zandt – drums, Sander Stappers – bass and Peter Cox – guitars and keyboards.
On the album Rolf “Fuchs” Vossen is also present adding piano and organ on a couple of tracks. Mixed by Erwin Hermsen at Toneshed Recording Studio, artwork by Blekkmark Design Studio.

And now…

Studio Report: Vocals!

You were wondering what we are up to? Mixing it is! Check this sample from the song Where I Stand… You need to hear those vocals…

First taste of new music!

On the Soundcloud page of Rock Company, you will find a lot of stuff, including this first taster of new material! It is a rough mix, but will give you  an idea of what we are working on:

Also we seem to have forgotten to let you know about another video of work in the studio. So here it is:

live TV performance

We dug up a VHS with 3 songs played live and acoustic for a show on a local TV station. Time is probably 1999, so before Breathe Fire was released.

You can enjoy the audio on mixcloud:

Chinawhite: Live and Acoustic at Bombarie TV by Rock Company on Mixcloud

And a video (with announcements) on YouTube

First album out of print

chinawhite - a dragon´s birthIt is official now, our first EP A Dragon´s Birth is out of print! We did a rerun a couple of years back, but those have sold as well.

Still, there are a few options for you to still lay your hands on it:
* digital downloads. Many sites offer those, for instance at our label, Rock Company. But also Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, etc.

* some record stores might have a copy somewhere. Just ask and try your luck

 

fan favourites on video!

Of course everybody favors different tracks from our various records. But we think it is fair to assume that some songs are very popular amongst our loyal followers. Well, and to honor that, we have made some video’s for some of them. Enjoy!

 

Falling ” new” Chinawhite track and FREE download

chinawhite - falling

 

While trying to come up with a singing solution for the next Chinawhite record, we asked a few friends of the band to lend us a hand. Here one of them, singer John Neessen (90 Day Jane) sings his lyrics and melodies to our track Wings Of The Wind from the 2009 album Challenges. We also did some remixing of it.
We think he made the track better than it already was, but you be the judge…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ee0hLkj1E
Lyric:
The early train has gone
But I ain’t driving home
The fear that you’re alone
Gets me anywhere you know

And I will take the time
Drive further to the light
Stretch my neck to see what I’m at
I’m fine
I’m yours

I’m falling you know
I’m falling please care
Before we know we’ll see it again
I’m falling to you
I’m falling into
Before we know we’ll see it again

Desire reunites
Two souls lost in the night
Being here with you
Is all that I could do
I’m tangled up to you

I’m falling you know
I’m falling please care
Before we know we’ll see it again
I’m falling to you
I’m falling into
Before we know we’ll see it again

I didn’t count on
I can count on anything I am
Can count on anything I want to be
I count on you, you know you’re everything to me
You know you’re everything I need
And I count on you