Last year, Michael Schenker Fest released “Revelation”, reviewed by Stargazed’s Anton Stendlund. Michael Schenker is now in the final stages of recording a brand new MSG album, “Immortal”, set to be released on Nuclear Blast on January 8th, 2021.
The album was predominantly recorded at the Kidroom Studio in Germany, with Michael’s long time partner Michael Voss who co-produced the album and also sings on two tracks. „Immortal” will continue the tradition of the previous two Michael Schenker Fest Records and feature a big list of friends and guests.
The album’s main vocalist will be uprising Chilean born talent Ronnie Romero (Rainbow), along with Michael Voss (Mad Max a.o.), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow) singing on two tracks each.
Besides Michael Schenker himself, the album was recorded with Steve Mann (keyboards), Barry Sparks (bass, Dokken etc.), as well as the three drummers Bodo Schopf, Simon Philipps (ex-TOTO) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake). The newest addition to the record is keyboard player Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, ex-KISS etc.), who plays on the album’s opening track, featuring German power machine Ralf Scheepers on vocals.
„Immortal” will feature ten tracks, including the magnum opus “In Search Of The Peace Of Mind”. „I wrote this song when I was 15 years old, it was my first ever written piece of music which I recorded with Scorpions on our first studio album „Lonesome Crow” in 1970, getting released in 1972 – when I had already left Scorpions to join the British rock Band UFO in June of 1972 – when I was 17. We re-recorded this song for my 50th anniversary as a celebration and it turned out to be an epic; with an extra extension at the end of the song, which turned out absolutely fantastic with Simon Phillips on drums, doing his usual amazing stuff.” The result is a true highlight and features even more surprises: „Gary Barden sings the first verse, continued by Ronnie Romero – and in the end we have Ronnie, Doogie White and Robin McAuley screaming their heads off, as a tribute to my 50th anniversary. Absolute amazing. Thanks to the guys for doing this!”
The limited first edition of this upcoming MSG album will feature another unique extra: „We have The Michael Schenker Fest – Bang Your Head – Blu-ray, recorded during our headline show in Balingen/Germany two years ago: Unfixed, raw, pure and great! There’s a couple of small mistakes, but because the show and recording went so well, I decided to keep it the way it went on the night. It’s live, magic and pure.”