Instant Clarity

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Instant Clarity
Studio album by Michael Kiske
Released August 17, 1996
Genre Rock, metal, album oriented rock
Label Victor (Japan)
Producer Michael Kiske
Michael Kiske chronology
Instant Clarity
Readiness to Sacrifice
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Hardrock Haven (7.7/10)[1]
Rock Is Life 4/5 stars[2]

Instant Clarity is the first solo album of vocalist Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween). The album features guest appearances by Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween, Gamma Ray) and Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden). The album was released in 1996 and reissued in 2006 containing four bonus tracks.[3]

A music video was produced and filmed in New York City for the song Always, which was dedicated to Ingo Schwichtenberg; the former Helloween drummer who committed suicide in 1995.

The album includes only two heavy metal songs, "The Calling" and "New Horizons" both co-written by Adrian Smith, and the latter co-written by Kai Hansen.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Be True to Yourself" (Kiske)
  2. "The Calling" (Kiske, Adrian Smith)
  3. "Somebody Somewhere" (Ciriaco Taraxes, Michael Kiske)
  4. "Burned Out" (Taraxes)
  5. "New Horizons" (Smith, Kiske, Kai Hansen)
  6. "Hunted" (Kiske, Taraxes)
  7. "Always" (Kiske)
  8. "Thanx a Lot!" (Kiske)
  9. "Time's Passing By" (Kay Rudi Wolke, Taraxes)
  10. "So Sick" (Kiske)
  11. "Do I Remember a Life?" (Kiske, Taraxes)
  12. "A Song Is Just a Moment" (Kiske) [bonus track]
  13. "I Don't Deserve Love" (Kiske) [bonus track]
  14. "Sacred Grounds" (Kiske) [bonus track]
  15. "Can't Tell" (Kiske) [bonus track]

Tracks 12-15 appear on the 2006 reissue only.[4]


Band members[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]


  1. ^ "Hardrock Haven review". 2006-07-20. Archived from the original on 2006-07-20. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Rock Is Life review". 2009-10-18. Archived from the original on 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Rock Is Life". 2009-10-18. Archived from the original on 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 

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