Sjak : The foundation for this “new” band of Michael Schenker, which is this time called Michael Schenker Fest, was laid during a special reunion show of the Michael Schenker Group and McAuley Schenker Group. From there they have decided to continue together under the Michael Schenker Fest moniker and that has now resulted in this album ‘Resurrection’. Who are then the main characters in this band? Well, besides Michael Schenker himself those are guitar/keyboard player Steve Mann, drummer Ted McKenna and bass player Chris Glen, while they’ve used no less than four singers being Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and current Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock frontman Doogie White.
The title of the album ‘Resurrection’ as a matter of fact proves to be a very appropriate one as the music on this record kind of revives the golden era of the Michael Schenker Group. The level of the first two albums is certainly not reached, but the material on this ‘Resurrection’ album is of a good quality level and contains lovely playful guitar work of the master himself. The record opens with the smooth sounding ‘Heart And Soul’, which is a nice and energetic track on which the big Schenker-fan Kirk Hammett (Metallica) together with Michael takes care of the solo parts and that sounds really great. Together with ‘Take Me To The Church’ and ‘The Girl With The Stars In Her Eyes’ this opening track belongs to the better material on the album, although I must say that ‘Resurrection’ has quite a consistent and high quality level.
At first I still had some doubts whether the concept with four lead singers would work, but I have to admit that this certainly doesn’t disappoint. They have chosen, besides a few exceptions, to use only one singer per song and that accounts for sufficient variety on the whole album, but also prevents that things become a bit chaotic. The songs on which they’ve chosen to use all fours singers simultaneously, ‘Warrior’ and ‘The Last Supper’, are in itself great tunes, but because of the fact that they have quite different timbres things become somewhat unstructured in my opinion. That doesn’t take anything away from the fact that ‘Resurrection’ has become a mighty fine hard rock album, especially due to the lovely guitar playing of mister Schenker himself. The old master still knows how to do it!