Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock – “Spirit on a Mission”

Rating:            4.5/5
Distributor/label: inakustik
Distributor/label URL: www.in-akustik.com
Released: 23rd March, 2015
Buy Album [URL]: iTunes, Amazon
Band Website: www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Band Line-Upms_soam_cover

Doogie White – Vocals
Michael Schenker – Guitar
Wayne Findlay – Guitar/Keyboards
Francis Bulcholz – Bass
Herman Rarebell – Drums

 Tracklisting

LIVE AND LET LIVE
COMMUNION
VIGILANTE MAN
ROCK CITY
SAVIOUR MACHINE
SOMETHING OF THE NIGHT
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
BULLETPROOF
LET THE DEVIL SCREAM
GOOD TIMES
RESTLESS HEART
WICKED

Review

The Renaissance of Michael Schenker continues with his third studio album produced by his Temple of Rock line up

With “Spirit on a Mission” he continues to remind us all of what a magical talent he really is, whilst continuing to atone for the years lost to his well publicised problems

The Temple of Rock band is Schenker, Doogie White on vocals (ex Rainbow & Yngwie Malmsteen) , the classically trained & multitalented Wayne Findlay (Keyboards & 7 String guitar) & the watertight rhythm section of former Scorpions Herman Rarebell (Drums) and Francis Bulcholz (Bass)

From track one, you are in for a guitar treat with “Live and let Live” starting the album, a fast paced track with double kicks from Rarebell and a riff from Schenker that jumps out and slaps you about the face, just the kind of thing you expect from an album’s opening track

White’s vocals shine on “Communion” before we are treated to “Vigilante Man”, the first single that was premiered by the band on their recent UK tour

“Rock City” is the next track that does exactly as the title suggests, and gives us the type of fast paced track that is often used to showcase Schenker’s talent

“Saviour Machine” has a slower grinding riff that would not be out of place on a Down album, and really hits the spot and “Something for the Night” reminds me of an Yngwie Malmsteen foot tapper with its pace & delivery, with Findlay’s keyboards giving the song grandeur

Findlay is again prominent on the melodic “All Our Yesterdays” and the Bulcholz/Rarebell axis lead the way on “Bulletproof”

My favourite is “Let the Devil Scream”, with a heavy crunching riff and vocals from White that the great Ronnie James Dio himself would be proud of

In fact, if you close your eyes, you could imagine the great man himself singing this one (no offence meant to White at any way)

“Good Times” lifts the spirits after the serious mood of the last track and is followed by the fast paced “Restless Heart” before we are given a lesson in guitar wizardry by Schenker on the last track “Wicked”

 

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Schenker, White and Findlay share the righting on mst of the tracks and Michael Voss’s production has given the album a deep, epic feel

Vocalist Doogie White is on top form all the way through the album and Wayne Findlay shines as the glue that binds everything together

Schenker is lucky to have the Scorpions golden era rhythm section at his disposal in the form of Rarebell and Bulcholz and they are used with full effect

Schenker himself is on the top of his game and on this evidence, we can all look forward to a few more years of Schenker magic

Review by Gavin Lowrey
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