To say much about Michael Schenker almost borders on a waste of words, but especially for the newcomers among you, here a short wrap of why the guy maybe is not a full legend, but still stands damn high up:
1970 he debuted in the scene with the SCORPIONS (his brother Rudolf still plays there), 1973 he switched to UFO, just to found his own band in 1979, the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, better known as MSG. After two years he took a time out and returned with singer Robin McAuley and the MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP. After three more albums followed CONTRABAND, once more MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP, again UFO and finally MSG came back, together with a few solo albums (so not as MSG, but "just" Michael Schenker).
Well, and now "Arachnophobiac" has arrived, with Chris Logan, Jeremy Colson and Stu Hamm in the line up and with this album Michael is fully in the tradition of his own albums, powerful, classical Hard Rock with the Schenker typical melodic guitar play. Now that, of course, does not say much about the quality of the contained compositions and those are just as classy as they are classix, here you obviously see the loooong experience he has, because he does not need any frills or exaggerated solo passages to leave his very own imprint on the songs, he just convinces through the songwriting itself.
The songs just have soul, something that you unfortunately do not find often anymore, the opening duo "Evermore" and "Illusion" are very fine examples for that. Here it quickly become evident, too that Logan's slightly rougher and deeper voice fits the compositions very well and lends them even more character. And it would not be Michael Schenker, if he would not keep up this high level of quality on the following songs as well, but that well varied within the borders of the genre that you do not have to fear to get a uniformed mass of songs, examples for those songs would be "Weathervane" or also "Break The Circle".
The name MSG in the year 2003 still stands for quality and if you like traditional Rock in a modern sound, then you should put "Arachnophobiac" on your list of check out albums right now! (Online August 22, 2003)