Guitarist Michael Schenker has today revealed the artwork for the brand new MSG album, ‘Immortal‘ which is set to be released via Nuclear Blast on January 8, 2021.
The cover artwork for Immortal, created by Zsofia Dankova.
“We have a lot of guest musicians, who will undoubtedly help to make the album 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.”
As well as Michael Schenker, the album was recorded with Steve Mann (keyboards), Barry Sparks (bass, Dokken, etc.), and three drummers, Bodo Schopf, Simon Philipps (ex-Toto) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake).
“Brian was thrilled to be part of it. He is a master of groove and ended up playing on six songs. I could not believe it: This man is something else. He is a true natural and very original. With his input, it made the album very solid and complete. So guess what – I am very happy“, says Michael Schenker. The newest addition to the record is keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, Sons Of Apollo), who plays on the album’s opening track, featuring German power metal vocalist Ralf Scheepers. “Derek and myself trading solos, it sounds unexpected and beyond my expectation. Absolutely fantastic!”
‘Immortal‘ will consist of ten tracks, including the magnum opus ‘In Search Of The Peace Of Mind‘.
Michael comments “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 – when I had already left Scorpions to join the British rock band UFO in June of 1972 – when I was 17. 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.
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. Absolute amazing. Thanks to the guys for doing this!“