Die Schenker Familie must be proud. They produced two Rock And Roll legends. Older brother, Rudolph is currently touring with Scorpions and younger one, Michael is the point of my interest with his new project Michael Schenker Fest.
I don’t event want to mention when I got this album, cause somehow I had no time to review it, but it seems it is like a wine. As longer as I am listening “Resurrection”, the better it sounds.
Back in 1969… Ten years before I was born, Michael Schenker started his magnificent career, career full with ups and downs, but if we put aside his weakest career points, overall, we can say, this man built history of Rock And Roll.
In 1979, year of my birth, Michael started solo career in MSG (Michael Schenker Group). Again, turbulent history, which I will pass, and skip straight to 2018 when “Resurrection” was released.
Somehow, when Nuclear Blast stands behind the band, you know that band or their album can not be bad.
Michael Schenker Fest is a band led by Michael Schenker supported by Gary Barden, vocals (MSG), Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley, Doogie White, Steve Mann, guitar, keys, Ted McKenna, drums and Chris Glen, bass. Line up promises. If we consider everything is spiced with Kirk Hammett’s guest appearance at “Heart and Soul”, than everything is clear.
“Resurrection” brings variety in sound, from rock over hard/heavy rock to power metal. Very well dosed diversity of, in general Rock And Roll melodies, is a real treat for fans. Album is opened with “Heart and Soul” by Robin McAuley, Michael Schenker and Kirk Hammet, whom, each in their fields shine: McAuley in brilliant singing and two guitar virtuoso are juggling with solos. I would mention dramatic prelude fits perfectly. “Warrior” feat. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White, is well composed R’N’R classic. The song is followed by video that brings a part of atmosphere and energy of the band. “Take Me to the Church” is my personal favorite. Doogie White’s vocals, Schenker’s memorable riffs and magnificent solos combined with church organs are the winning combination. “Night Moods” feat. Graham Bonnet on vocals, another Rock mid tempo song. “The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes” another pearl feat. Doogie White. Fascinating vocals, nostalgic interpretation in Dio style, memorable lyrics, what else could we ask for? “Everest”, so as “Night Moods” is mid peace, somehow it doesn’t fit my character, but my dad likes it. Since he is Schenkers’s generation, well two years younger to be precise, than we have a proof that “Resurrection” is an album for every generation. “Messin’ Around” feat. Gary Barden leans on blues. I wont mention who likes this more, me or dad? “Time Knows When It’s Time” (feat. Robin McAuley), brilliant vocals again, memorable lyrics, killing solos, chanting chorus… “Anchors Away” (feat. Doogie White). Did you realize by now, or I have to tell you how much I love White’s interpretation? His voice is simply the one I could kill for. Step by step and we are approaching to “Salvation”. Schenker is the best known as guitar mage, so what would be his album without instrumental? And, it seems Schenker is very aware of his quility, so he never exaggerate demonstrating his skills. “Livin’ a Life Worth Livin'” (feat. Gary Barden) at the beginning makes you wondering if Ozzy has something with interpretation of first strophe. Crying guitar enriches the song and leads it to the limits of perfection. “The Last Supper”, the last song (feat. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley & Doogie White) shows the beauty of the album. Perfectly composed, harmonized, and if you follow the lyrics you can simply vivify an album cover. Another brilliant solo and perfect finale of excellent album.
The Blonde Bomber knows how to make great album!