German heavy metal act Kissin’ Dynamite has announced that they have signed a deal with Napalm Records, and will be releasing their seventh studio album, “Not The End of The Road, in 2022.
While fans eagerly awaiting the release, they will be happy to know that the band has already put out the first single, which is the title track, along with the official music video. The video was shot on an airfield in Mendig, Germany, and sets a sign of hope in a relationship that is going south.
The band comments:
“The song is bursting with positive energy, joie de vivre and good vibes. Thematically, it’s about never giving up and instead always moving on. Thus, the song hits the current zeitgeist like no other. We had to deal with the separation from our long-time founding member, drummer and friend Andi Schnitzer, as well as the drastic time of the lockdown and want to make unmistakably clear that we want to continue against all odds, and that we are stronger than ever. The decision for the new band member on drums, Sebastian Berg, was anything but easy for the group. From over 100 international applications received, seven aspirants were put through their paces in the course of a live audition.”
The new studio album was produced, recorded and mixed by vocalist Hannes Braun (Südland Music) himself, who has also worked with bands like Santiano, The Kelly Family and Beyond The Black. Mastering was completed by Grammy Award winning producer Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios, known for his work with bands like Volbeat and many more.
Ande Braun on the new album:
“Not The End Of The Road is an album, which accurately describes our experiences as a band since Ecstasy 2018. First and foremost, we highlight with songs like “Not The End Of The Road”, “What Goes Up”, “Yoko Ono” and “Only The Dead”: We’re up for it, we’re pulling together and we want to reach the rock Olympus! Titles like “Coming Home”, “Gone For Good” and “Scars”, on the other hand, deal with real feelings like loneliness, homesickness and sadness, which are also part of life.”
Hannes Braun adds:
“With Ecstasy we already didn’t make any compromises and just wanted to compose music that speaks from us. Not The End Of The Road seamlessly picks up exactly here.”
You can get your pre-order here.
With Not The End Of The Road, KISSIN’ DYNAMITE set another milestone in their successful discography: In guitar-driven power metal fashion, the tune of the intro and title track “Not The End Of The Road” prepares the listener for a thrilling road trip and new anthems straight from the heart of the KISSIN’ DYNAMITE universe. Crusher “What Goes Up” takes its listener into the truly spectacular soundscapes that make stadiums shake and convinces with Aerosmith-like guitar attacks and an anthemic hook.
But KISSIN’ DYNAMITE are also not afraid to show their mellower side, as heard on delightfully tranquil tracks like “Good Life” and “Gone For Good” – not only showcasing the almost calm touches pervading the melodies, but also presenting the softer side of Braun’s vocal repertoire. While tracks like “No One Dies A Virgin” and “Yoko Ono” symbolize catchy party hymns, standouts “Coming Home” and “Defeat It” underline their origins of stadium rock without being pigeonholed.
“Voodoo Spell” manifests the variety of the band and their different influences – starting with strong dark rock elements, the song becomes an opus that easily competes with the biggest stadium giants. The album’s closer, “Scars”, proves once again that KISSIN’ DYNAMITE can reach the depths and showcase lyrical vulnerability – an impressive ending that screams to be played live.
Not The End Of The Road track listing:
Not the End of the Road
What Goes Up
Only the Dead
All for a Halleluja
No One Dies a Virgin
Gone for Good
Not The End Of The Road will be available in North America in the following formats:
LP Gatefold Vinyl Black
LP Gatefold Vinyl White
LP Gatefold Vinyl Glow In The Dark
LP Gatefold Vinyl Marbled Red/Black + Slipmat
LP Gatefold Vinyl Crystal Clear
On Not The End Of The Road, KISSIN’ DYNAMITE continue the cooperation with the Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder Tübingen e.V., a charity organization that supports children with cancer in the rockers’ hometown. The song “Good Life” picks up the topic perfectly. The complete proceeds of the title are to be donated to the association.
The album and the album title thus have a real meaning that touches people on several levels and has the right song ready for every personal life situation.