Happy Birthday, Michael Schenker – some three weeks after the German rock legend turned 65 years, he is back with his Michael Schenker Group. The album Immortal, which has been released on 29th January 2021, is the first studio album by the project since thirteen years.
Michael Schenker Group – About The Artists
Michael Schenker, the lead of the Michael Schenker Group (or MSG in short) is mostly known as one of the founding members of German hard rock / heavy metal band Scorpions. While his brother Rudolf is still part of the band, he joined it only from 1969 to 1973 and from 1978 to 1979 as the lead guitar player and backing vocals. He was born on 10th January 1955 in Sarstedt near Hanover / Hildesheim in Germany. Currently, the Michael Schenker Group, which has been found in 1979 in London, has seven members: Schenker himself does the lead guitar, Gary Bolden, Robin McAuley and Doogie White the lead vocals, Steve Mann keyboard and rhythm guitar, Barry Sparks is playing the bass and Bodo Schopf is on the drums. The whole list of members is massive. The formation was named the McAuley Schenker Group from 1986 to 1993, by the way, while singer Robin McAuley was part of the band.
MSG released ten studio albums so far. The last one, however, was In The Midst of Beauty in 2008. The album features Rainbow’s Ronnie Romero on multiple tracks as a lead singer.
Michael Schenker Group – Immortal – Track by Track
The ten track album lasts 44 minutes.
1. Drilled To Kill
Mute all emotions
Looking for the thrill
So close to overdosing
We’ve been drilled to kill
The album starts with one of the singles – and it is starts with a lot of power from the very beginning: Bodo Schopf needs to hammer on the drums, the guitars are driving the song like machine guns. Hard rock at its finest.
2. Don´t Die On Me Now
Even though the song starts with some powerful riffs, the majestic Don’t Die On Me Now almost feels like a ballad in contrast to the opener. A really good rocker with a catching chorus.
3. Knight Of The Dead
Sentence me, Knight of the Dead
Right now before I’m losing my head
Sentence me, Knight of the Dead
Or I’ll turn into ash instead
Back to power. The guitars are doing their best, Romero is doing a great vocal job at Knight Of The Dead. Really nice.
4. After The Rain
After The Rain is a lovely power ballad, this time back with Michael Voss on the lead vocals. The instruments are quite much in the background during most of the time – but they are having their parts in here as well.
5. Devil’s Daughter
Already the drum, which start the Devil’s Daughter, tell you: time for more rock power again! The vocal range of the album so far is definitely worth mentioning, by the way: the lyrics are partially screamed. Cool one!
6. Sail The Darkness
Sail the darkness, walking through the cold
I’m not afraid, I know the wind will blow
Darkness, take it to the core
There is no return
Sail The Darkness is definitely one of my favorites. Very melodic, great vocal performance, not too hard, not too soft – and a good solo. Great track!
7. The Queen Of Thorns And Roses
The Queen Of Thorns And Roses. It has quite a young and fresh touch to me, reminds me of some school band songs in my youth years – but of course on a Michael Schenker Group level. Amazing and catching chorus – a really special track.
8. Come On Over
After being a bit more emotional and showed the softer side of a rocker – time to band the heads again. Come On Over comes with a lot of power. The song reminds me a bit of some Scorpion songs – which also means that it is good Rock’n’Roll.
9. Sangria Morte
This song is the showcase for Chilean Romero. He is amazingly performing the Sangria Morte, while the instruments almost take the dignified role in the background. The song really spreads some South American spirit, indeed.
10. In Search Of The Peace Of Mind
In Search Of The Peace Of Mind feels like closing a story – or at least a chapter. The song has been originally written by Schenker at the age of 15 for the Scorpions. The song does not really connect to the other track – but I feel it is just lovely to have it on Immortal. 50 years of finest rock – thank you, Mr Schenker!
Michael Schenker Group – Immortal – Spotify
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Michael Schenker Group – Immortal – My View
Is it right to quote ABBA at a Michael Schenker Group review? Hmm, I don’t care… Thank you for the music, Mr Schenker. With Immortal, Michael Schenker and his musicians release a worthy masterpiece of hard rock with power, emotions, great vocals and instrumental play. What else do you want? No doubt that the album is in the Top Pick! rankings.
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