Spanish site ViriAOR have done a great piece on our album. The original is in Spanish, so here the translation. Thank you Alicia!
Chinawhite are back this summer of 2018 with their fourth album titled, Different. For those of you who do not know, tell you that, Chinawhite was formed at the end of the eighties. With a strong core consisting of Rolf Vossen, keyboards, Hans In ‘T Zandt on drums and Peter Cox on guitars, they recorded some loose songs and incorporated some singles to compilations of the time, all these themes would later come to light in a Demos album. In 1997 they would release their first album, as such, A Dragon’s Birth, and two more in the 2000s, making a classic rock with symphonic arrangements and some passages of progressive rock.
For this fourth album, he also has bassist Sander Stappers, who would put his rhythms on the previous album Challenges and the recent incorporation of the singer Phil Vincent, (D’Ercole, Tragic, Legion) that for my taste exceeds to its predecessor with overkill.
Different is an album composed in its entirety by the band leader Peter Cox, guitarist and keyboardist, composer and lyricist as well as producer of the album. The cover is very cool and is designed by Blekkmark, who has already done countless works for artists of this style (Harem Scarem, Europe, Def Leppard, TNT, …)
This disc is developed in records similar to those of previous works, although in Different there is a twist to its sound resulting in more commercial issues, more accessible to audiences and making less concessions to progressive rock, that does not deprive it of its sophisticated part in terms of arrangements themes and some passages of irregular rhythms.
The throat of the new vocalist gives more body and power to the themes, the orchestral and keyboard arrangements on this occasion are also by the guitarist Peter Cox, although in some songs the old keyboardist Rolf Vossen participates.
We find pieces of traditional hard rock with voices superimposed like in the opening, Kiss of Fire. Scratching the metal with a more serious record by Phil Vincent, who throughout the album will demonstrate how versatile it is. Where I Stand, giving them a touch of softness with pompous choirs. A nice guitar melody is the hook on the whole theme, and symphonic choruses sweeten this Hello To The World.
Money, brings us back to hard rock with guitars and careful vocal harmonies. Different? Eat It Raw, more orchestral beginning to later take us through the classic metal courses. Wings Of The Wind, a mix of powerful riffs, for a cut that rounds the progressive. Mystery, an orgy of instruments superimposing one another creating an overflowing atmosphere of sonic elements. Light-Years To Heaven, more leisurely, but without sacrificing the strength that bring those thunderous riffs of Peter Cox.
Or The Same! A good instrumental exercise, based on the strength of the bass and the guitar, with an interesting melody. It Means Nothing heavy rhythmic base and a dirtier sound for a theme that can look fantastic live. Thank You And Goodnight starts with a piano to give way to all the instruments and immediately give the protagonism to the guitar melodies.
Concluding with Different, Chinawhite have gone a step further by overcoming their previous works, successfully assembling the different classical musical influences, but sounding heavier and more current.
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 …
Ever 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.
|1||Kiss Of Fire (5:16)|
|2||Where I Stand (4:16)|
|3||Hello To The World (4:41)|
|5||Different? – Eat It Raw (5:01)|
|6||Wings Of The Wind (4:24)|
|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)|
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.
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…
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:
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:
And a video (with announcements) on YouTube
It 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
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!