Michael Schenker Group to release new album

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Michael Schenker is currently in the final stages of recording a brand new MSG album, which is set to be released on Nuclear Blast on January 8th, 2021. The album title will be ‘Immortal’, a perfect statement to describe Michael Schenker’s legacy and to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a musician. “It’s going very well. We have a lot of guest musicians, who will undoubtedly help to make it an exceptional success“, says Michael Schenker. He also adds: “First of all I want to say that I am very grateful to any musicians that have helped to create a fitting tribute to my long career on this special release. I want to thank all of them for their incredible contribution.“

Nuclear Blast founder Markus Staiger idolised Michael Schenker in his teenage years as his early output set him on the path of hard rock. He comments “I am really looking forward to releasing this brand new MSG album, after the two excellent MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST records. At the age of 14, the self-titled MSG debut completely blew me away and shaped my taste accordingly, since then I’ve followed and loved his music and unique compositions. These ten new tracks are pure magic!”

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. “It is always a pleasure to work with Michael Voss, who works around the clock and is a phenomenal musician and producer. He was composing the melody and lyrics  for a power ballad I had written the music for, and he ended up singing along. It turned out so amazing, I did not think anyone else could have done a better job for this song. Truly great.“

Immortal will continue the tradition of the previous two Michael Schenker Fest records Resurrection and Revelation 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), 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), 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, 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”.  “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.

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.“