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Thursday, 15 April, 2010 8:32 PM

Michael Schenker releases new album "Instrumental Reality"

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Michael Schenker "Instrumental Reality"

by Scott Thomas
sthomas9@austin.rr.com

 

Review: Here I sit listening to Michael Schenker’s NEW CD “Instrumental Intensity” for like the 5th or 6th time and I must say that this is truly the perfect Michael Schenker Album for you Schenker Fans and beyond. Of course if you like the Scorpions, the MSG Group, and UFO, then this instrumental album will be a real treat for your euro rock-metal ears. When I listen to Michael’s arrangements, melodies, and rhythmic hooks, I want to start delving more into his musical history and influences… If you listen closely, you can hear his German musical heritage and classical influences, and here is the way I put it to those who don’t know of Michael Schenker’s muse…

I tell them like this… Before there was Eddie Van Halen, Adrian Vandenberg, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Sykes, Kirk Hammett and the like, there was Euro-Guitar Master Michael Schenker leading the pack. There is no doubt in my military mind that these cats were influenced by Michael’s playing in some form or fashion with his flashy extended minor scale runs. In addition, w/ his use of lighting fast pentatonics, uncanny phrasing, memorable hooks and riffs. Mr. Schenker is one of those guitarists who have help shape another musical sound and direction in the annals of rock music history… There have been many bands who have crafted their songs and melodies in this type of widened harmonic fashion and musical bearing.

Instrumental Intensity is a compilation of tracks that are all taken from German guitarist Michael Schenker's recordings on the Shrapnel imprint from 1999 forward. They include cuts from Dreams and Expressions (the tracks “A,” “N” and “D”), the first three from Unforgiven World Tour: Live, and a few from Into the Arena 1972-1995 [Highlights & Overtures]. This is definitely one of those albums that will have you playing air guitar when no one is looking.

"Instrumental Intensity" contains some of Michael Schenker's greatest instrumental recordings, culled from his many Shrapnel releases.

The instrumental arena is where Schenker's entrancing melodies and soaring solos really stand out. A Brilliant composer with a master’s technique, Schenker’s performances are a celebration of rock guitar in its purest form.

"Instrumental Intensity" track listing:

01. Achtung Fertig, Los!
02. Old Man With Sheep On Mars
03. Three Fish Dancing
04. A
05. N
06. D
07. Bijou Pleasurette/Positive Forward
08. Captain Nemo
09. Essence
10. I Am Gratetful
11. The Creator
12. [Bonus Track]

Parting Shot: Now that it’s spring time and the flowers and tress are starting to bloom around the world… This is the perfect music for: “Let’s get outdoors and get in a workout, a run, and / or maybe a “b”-ball game going kind of MUSIC”… This music will get you over the finish line for sure…

Stars: I truly give this Album 4.5 Starz

 

Michael Schenker
NEW CD "Instrumental Intensity"

Date=2009
Artist Name=Michael Schenker
Title= “Instrumental Intensity”
Record Company=Shrapnel Records

http://www.shrapnelrecords.com

 

 

 

 

 

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