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article imageOp-Ed: Michael Schenker rises from a Temple Of Rock with Gibson Flying V

By Kev Hedges     Nov 11, 2011 in Entertainment
Michael Schenker's new album is called Temple Of Rock. Former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker is back with an album of no-nonsense rock in his true inimitable, Flying V-led style.
I think we can dismiss the cover as tongue-in-cheek which sees Schenker rising from an Inca temple wearing shades and twanging his Flying V. The album opens with Star Trek legend, William Shatner performing a short intro (though this is no "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", remember that?). The opening song is fast, furious and shows off much of Schenker's raw ability on guitar, on How Long the guitar work takes on more class than the emanative vocals.
Fallen Angel has a tune and a vocal style that was more middle-of-the-road rock. The solo guitar work did not seem to have a place in this chorus. It would have been better to have left this to someone like Status Quo or Suzi Quattro. But hang on! There's Hanging On - a far superior track to anything so far on the album. Brilliantly sung by a fresher abstemious Schenker and it does show here. Even on The End Of An Era he continues to grace with a clean well-timed vocal style that suggests he has put his battle with alcohol addiction behind him and won.
Miss Claustrophobia sees Schenker's guitar work take on almost Arabic sounding riffs.
There is even some blues on the smokey laid back With You which hails as a reminder back to some of the Scorpions ballad efforts.
Schenker's band here are all singing (and playing) from the same hymn sheet. Herman Rarebell's percussion style blends in effortlessly while Pete Way on bass must be like a brother to Schenker in the studio, such is the tight linking. But hang on, Michael's real brother guests along the way, Scorpions man, Rudolf Schenker shows great rock guitar is in the Schenker genes.
There is a gallant attempt to vary many of the songs on the album with a fresh variety of speed and tempo while all along maintaining a genre of rock very tightly. The creative style on this album was fresh and with 14 rock-filled songs averaging over four minutes each. Aficionados will regale this album.
Michael Schenker, Temple Of Rock is on the inakustil label
Links
Classic Rock Revisited
Michael Schenker Himself (Official website)
Michael Schenker on My Space
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