Monday, March 16, 2015

CD Review: Guitarist Michael Schenker Takes Your "Spirit On A Mission" While Herman Rarebell Revisits His Time In The Scorpions

Former Scorpions bandmates Michael Schenker and Herman Rarebell have teamed up once again for the latest album from Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock. The new release entitled "Spirit On A Mission" will be released on March 24th through the inakstik label. This album also features former Scorpions' bassist Francis Buckholz and the amazing vocals of Doogie White (Rainbow). The new release comes in the standard twelve song album and a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD. The new album kicks things off strong with Schenker's guitar leading the way in "Live And Let Live." The metal speed of "Rock City" and "Something Of The Night" will quicken your pulse, while "Saviour Machine" has a grinding rhythm that has a more classic metal feel as White's vocals are allowed to soar. Keyboardist Wayne Finlay leads us into the deep depths of "Let The Devil Scream" as Schenker's fiery performance come straight from hell. The album closes with the adrenaline-pumping speed of "Restless Heart" and the heavy riff of "Wicked." Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock will be hitting the road at the end of the month for two months of dates. To find out more about the new album "Spirit On A Mission," please visit
Also being released soon is the latest from former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell entitled "Herman's Scorpions Songs." It features Herman on drums along with his friends lending their vocals to some classic Scorpions' songs written by Rarebell during his time in the band. The new fourteen-song release begins with the popular "Rock You Like A Hurricane" with Bobby Kimball (Toto) on vocals. He does a fine job with his strong delivery, while John Parr captures the desire of "Passion Rules The Game." Don Dokken brings back the hard rock of the mid-eighties with his vocals on "You Give Me All I Need" and the voice of Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell) breathes new life into "Dynamite" turning into a metal masterpiece. Great White's Jack Russell fits perfectly into "Don't Make No Promises" as a full album of this combination is in order. The album finishes up with Al Crespo (Unbreakable) delivering exceptional vocals to the rock ballad "Let It Shine." To find out more about this great set of reworked Scorpions' songs from Herman Rarebell, please visit

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