Written by Alex Stojanovic
Heart & Soul
Take Me To The Church
The Girl With The Stars In Her Eyes
Time Knows When It's Time
Living A Life Worth Living
The Last Supper
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Michael Schenker - Guitars Robin McAuley - Vocals Graham Bonnet - Vocals Gary Burden - Vocals Doogie White - Vocals
Chris Glen - Bass Ted McKenna - Drums Steve Mann - Guitars & keyboards
For his new album Resurrection, Schenker has enlisted not one, not two, not three, but four vocalists he has worked with in the past to provide their vocal talents to the album. Those being Robin McAuley, Graham Bonnet, Doogie White and Gary Barden. Each vocalist sings on a select number of tracks, with only two of the tracks: "Warrior" and "The Last Supper" featuring all four vocalists. At the same time, he has assembled yet another spectacular backing band with Chris Glen on bass, Ted McKenna on drums and Steve Mann on guitars and keyboards.
There's even a special guest appearance by Metallica's Kirk Hammett on the album's opening track "Heart & Soul", which features an old-school speed metal vibe with double kick and chugging riffs. We then head into the slower, more groove-oriented "Warrior". One of the album's highlights is "Take Me To The Church", with its gallopping groove and catchy vocal hooks. The production isn't too punchy, but it's also not to dull, giving the album a more classic rock feel with a modern touch. "The Last Supper", while being the most straightforward song here, is undeniably catchy and gets heads bobbing and feet tapping instantly.
The more up-tempo numbers with the classic speed metal vibe, like "Heart & Soul", "Everest" and "Time Knows When It's Time" all add a dose of intensity to the album rather than just being straightforward with the basic rock beats. If you listen to "The Girl With The Stars In Her Eyes", Doogie White's vocals strongly resembles Biff Byford of Saxon's. The only downside about the album is that there isn't anything experimental or groundbreaking to be found, and a handful of song don't seem as interesting as the others. However, Michael Schenker and company have conjured up a fine album for classic rock and metal fans.
Highs: "Take Me To The Church", "The Girl With The Stars In Her Eyes" and "The Last Supper" are particularly noteworthy.
Lows: Nothing groundbreaking.
Final Rating: 8/10