Schenker's Temple Of Rock
Title: Spirit On A MissionLabel: In-akustik
on a Mission' not only is that the name of the new Temple of
Rock, but also the epitaph that would fit guitar legend
remembers how he came up with the name of the album ...
while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I
said ... as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of
music from a place of pure self expression”
fitting title for what is the second album from this now
established line-up of Doogie White on vocals, the Scorpion
legends Herman Rarebell and Francis Bucholz on drums and
bass respectively, Wayne Findlay on keyboards and 7
string guitar as well as Schenker himself.
album isn't one of those albums that takes over from their
previous release 'Bridge the Gap', this time the band have
gone for a more gritty Hard Rock sound and sees the main man
return to the classic melodic hard riffing that he is
album kicks off with ‘Live and Let Live’, this one starts
off with a little blues riff that soon breaks into a full
blown all our rock sensation, with White delivering his almost immaculate vocals while the powerhouse rhythm section
of Rarebell and Bucholz take up back to those 'Lovedrive' days,
while laying down the foundation for the twin guitars of Findlay
and Schenker, as they pair deliver more licks than a child in
an ice-cream factory.
heads down rock continues with the excellent
‘Communication’. The bluesy riff is given a bigger
staring roll on this one, before one of the tracks of the
album, the storming ‘Vigilante Man’. This one takes me
those classic MSG days.
tempo is brought to almost breakneck speed with the thumping
high octane rocker ‘Rock City’. The band show a darker
moody rock edge with ‘Saviour Machine’, before bringing
the fast paced rockers back with a bang with the almost
‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ styled licks on ‘Something
Of The Night’.
it's time to bring a touch of 70’s rock into the mix with
the stunning ‘All Our Yesterdays’. This one has that
classic Rainbow feel about it.
big riffing hard rock is brought back to the mix with the
storming ‘Bulletproof’, which is where Rarebell delivers
the goods as he pounds at the skins like Thor pounding his
the nuclear assault of the previous track it back to the
dark moody riffs for ‘Let The Devil Scream’, this one has
an almost Sabbathesque bass riff running through
it. Then it's back to the traditional melodic hard rock for the
excellent ‘Good Times’, before Schenker rips up a storm
once more with the fantastic ‘Restless Heart’.
This superb album closes with a gritty finale 'Wicked’, which is a great mix of modern and classic rock to wrap up a great album. With the band embarking on a UK tour early next year, I would love to hear a number of songs from this album on the setlist. Yes we all want to hear the classic UFO, Scorps and MSG tracks, but this album is full of great rock tracks that deserve the place in the spot-light and played live.
Review by: Barry McMinn
And Let Live
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