Released on: inAkustik GmbH. Release date: Available now
Fronting the band is vocalist Doogie White (Rainbow, Tank, Yngwie J. Malmsteen), then long stay MSG member Wayne Findlay on Keys, Guitars and B/Vocals, Francis Buchholz (Scorpions) on bass and Herman ‘Ze German’ Rarebell (Scorpions) on drums. Impressive, eh?!
One element that kind of surprises me is with Herman Rarebell’s successful co-writes with the Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane, Another Piece of Meat, Passion Rules The Game, Make It Real, Blackout and more! - that Michael did not ask for his input. Perhaps he and Doogie had already written the tracks, before they recorded them?
Whatever the case, they make for a pretty strong song selection.
I actually prefer that to the ‘Temple of Rock’ release.
‘Where The Wild Wilds Blow’ is indeed is good solid track, capturing the familiar essence of great Schenker releases gone by.
‘Horizons’ is a great up tempo rocker with some great hooks. Nice!
Even some of Wayne Findlay’s touches bring to mind either Paul Raymond or Don Airey, although I still sometimes wish – As I’ve said before – that Findlay was a little more audible in the overall mixes, that said it takes nothing away from the class track.
The time change on the rhythm on this is clever, it effortless listening to it, but I wonder how long it took to get down.
Perhaps the only thing that it could’ve maybe left out is Doogie White’s dodgy scream around the three minute mark.
The guitar has a harmonizer that also gives it a little of that Maiden vibe too.
Perhaps quite Dio, almost Dio era Black Sabbath like to be honest here.
Once again Michael has teamed up with Michael Voss (Mad Max, Bonfire) and who has also sung on the last ‘Temple of Rock’ album, to co-produce the release and he seems to have found the perfect foil to work with generally.
I am sorry to say though that I really do not like the one track ‘Because You Lied’ and am surprised at its inclusion, but that’s just me.
As I’ve said many times before, I do love Michael’s guitar work though, it's so distinctive as well so that’s always good to hear for me and Doogie White’s voice, is one I’m not all that familiar with to be fair. I did hear the Rainbow album he did, but it was hit and miss with me, Tank I was never a fan of, I never heard him with Yngwie J. Malmsteen either.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5