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Michael Schenker Group's Immortal is their best album in nearly four decades

Michael Schenker resurrects the iconic MSG band on Immortal, and it's majestic

Michael Schenker Group: Immortal
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It's been 12 years since Michael Schenker released any original music under the MSG banner. Now, he's revived the name on an album stuffed with majestic music.

Drafting in a raft of talent including vocalists Joe Lynn Turner and Ronnie Romero, keyboard player Derek Sherinian, bassist Barry Sparks and drummer Simon Phillips, Schenker achieves a quality reminiscent of that on the first three MSG albums.

The songs are accomplished and powerful, while the man himself unleashes stunning forays which memorably embroider the tracks. 

Whether firing through the high pace of Drilled To Kill or taking a more sedate route on Don't Die On Me Now, Schenker inspirationally sets the tone.

The closing track is a reimagining of the Scorpions' In Search Of The Piece Of Mind. The first song Schenker ever recorded, this version is monumental.

The best MSG album since 1982's Assault Attack.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.