BRIDGE THE GAP by Michael Schenker’ s Temple Of Rock (Inakustik)

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msMichael Schenker and his trusted Flying V guitar are back for another attack with his latest release, ‘Bridge The Gap’. Produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss, and engineered by Voss. This is vintage Michael Schenker soaring and mind blowing guitar across every song. Stamping his enthusiastic personality with every note and phrase. Michael’s Temple Of Rock features ex-Scorpions bandmates drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) and Wayne Findlay (Slavoir) on seven string guitar and keyboards. The album itself is an explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. What would a Michael Schenker recording be without a instrumental opening?

Michael offers up, “Neptune Rising” that segues into, “Where The Wild Wind Blows”. From the the pace is fast and furious with, “Horizon”, “Lord Of The Lost And Lonely” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Symphony”. Before going in for the kill on tracks
like, “To Live For The King”, “Land Of Thunder” and powerful, “Bridges We Have Burned”. Don Dokken makes a cameo singing on the bonus track,”Faith”. There is not a weak track on this album. Every song, 14 total, will give you goose bumps. I’ve always been a fan of Doogie White’ s vocals and on this album his vocals are spot on perfect! The addition of Wayne Findlay adds another dimension to the classic Michael Schenker sound with his Dean 7 string guitar and keyboard orchestrations.  While the rhythm section of Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz sounds tight as all heck. Musically and lyrically, ‘Bridge The Gap” shows a re-energized Michael Schenker at the top of his game, dynamic and full of energy surrounded by top notched musicians. Many of the rock bands of today are short on melody or on melodic architecture.

Many seem to offer tuneless rhythms with plenty of guitar pyro ornamentation, but with none of the melodic developments, structural layers, or ebb and flows that Michael Schenker achieves. Simply put, ‘Bridge The Gap is the best album Michael has done in many years and on this new recording He holds nothing back!

Highly Recommended
Tony aka The Atomic Chaser @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine