Michael Schenker has completed recording a brand new MSG album Immortal, which is set to be released via Nuclear Blast on January 29th 2021. The album title is a perfect statement describing Michael Schenker’s legacy and to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a musician. This past Friday, the band has released a lyric video for their first single Drilled To Kill; a heavy up-tempo track which is also the opening song on the album. The track features the legendary PRIMAL FEAR singer Ralf Scheepers on vocals, whilst Michael Schenker and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion etc.) engage in an exciting battle of guitar vs. keyboard.
The album was predominantly recorded at Kidroom Studio in Germany, with Michael‘s long time partner Michael Voss who co-produced the album and also sings on two tracks. The cover artwork of Immortal was created by Zsofia Dankova (Powerwolf etc.).
Immortal will continue the tradition of the previous two MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST records Resurrection and Revelation featuring a big list of friends and guests. The album’s main vocalist is uprising Chilean born talent Ronnie Romero (Rainbow etc.), along with Michael Voss (Mas Max etc.), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow etc.) singing on two tracks each. Besides Michael Schenker himself, the album was recorded with Steve Mann (keyboards), Barry Sparks (bass, Dokken etc.), 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 (ex-Dream Theater, ex-KISS etc.), 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. “I wrote this song when I was 15 years old, it was my first ever written piece of music which I recorded with SCORPIONS on our first studio album Lonesome Crow in 1970, getting released in 1972. 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: “Gary Barden sings the first verse, continued by Ronnie Romero – and in the end we have Ronnie, Doogie White and Robin McAuley screaming their heads off, as a tribute to my 50th anniversary. Absolutely amazing. Thanks to the guys for doing this!”
The limited first edition of this upcoming MSG album will feature another unique extra: “It will include the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Bang Your Head – Blu-ray, which was 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.”
Immortal track list
01. Drilled To Kill
02. Don´t Die On Me Now
03. Knight Of The Dead
04. After The Rain
05. Devil’s Daughter
06. Sail The Darkness
07. The Queen Of Thorns And Roses
08. Come On Over
09. Sangria Morte
10. In Search Of The Peace Of Mind
Immortalwill be available in the following formats:
- CD/Blu-ray Digipak (incl. Michael Schenker Fest Live @ Bang Your Head festival)
- Earbook (incl. album CD + live Blu-ray & live 2CD)
- LP (black, black/white marbled, red/black marbled)