Monday, March 2, 2015

MICHAEL SCHENKER: "Spirit On A Mission"

Rating: RRRR
Label: Inakustic/Border 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

The latest effort by the former guitarist of Scorpions and UFO goes straight to the point with no dodgy surprises or extravaganza. It's just pure and simple guitar shredding joy by The Temple Of Rock - his backing band consisting of ex. Scorpions rhythm section, drummer Herman 'Ze' German' Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz. Vocalist Doogie White (Rainbow, Cornerstone) and guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay.

The album offer few surprises other than good classic rock and instead ticking almost every box on Schenker fans wish-lists. Uptempo, upbeat, uplifting, uprising from the riff monster that Michael Schenker truly is at his best. Okay. This is probably at approx 80% of his best (thus why the 4 out of 5 rating) but the man and his Flying V is still on fire and it's darn nice to hear those riffing melodies once again.

Check out all those excellent licks and tricks on "Something Of The Night" and try telling me that classic guitar shredding is dead. It's always nice to come across a song who remind you of why you fell in love with the sound of a loud guitar in the first place. Hey. That's rock 'n roll to me. Album opener, "Live and Let Live", speak of life on the road and touring while leaving your family behind. "Vigilante Man", I can't help thinking about Rainbow here, especially since Doogie sang on their latest and probably last album for that matter. Final verdict: Nothing new or absolutely groundbreaking. Simply just the good old honest guitar attack with roots deeply buried in the sound of the seventies and early eighties metal mayhem. The sort of album that Blackmore should be doing. Recommended.

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