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Sting in the Tail
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Just think when the SCORPIONS first started back in 1965 many of us were in diapers, Rudolf Schenker was the lead vocalist and the band started to take shape at that point. In 1969 Michael Schenker and Klaus Meine joined the band and in 1972 their debut, "Lonesome Crow", hit the market. Today SCORPIONS are legendary and have just released their finale, Sting In The Tail, before their self-imposed retirement after the world tour for the record is complete. What can be said about the band that broke down walls and is known worldwide and has released some outstanding music along the way but that they will be surely missed? Songs like "Wind of Change" and "Rock You Like A Hurricane" will go down in music history as with many other songs from their catalog. But their final stand is here with the new release and it features twelve tracks (including a "bonus track" named "Thunder and Lightning").

The CD starts off in traditional SCORPIONS style with "Raised on Rock", which has anthem written all over it. The SCORPS are well known for their hard driving style as well as sentimental songs that are catchy and "Sting In The Tail" is really no different.

For me the CD really doesnít "kick in" until track three with "Slave Me". The guitars are swift and the excitement proceeds to excel on this track.

Once you hear the first notes of "The Good Die Young" Klaus shows his legendary vocals on this kick-ass ballad that also features Tarja Turunen (NIGHTWISH). The guitars soar but who can write and perform a better ballad than the SCORPIONS? Not many. No one in music has the voice of Meine, which is distinctive and powerful; the man can hit the high notes with ease and can be sensitive at the drop of the hat.

"No Limit" is a killer rocker that explodes with adrenalin, what a great chorus to sing along to and the volume of enthusiasm surpasses many others. "Rock Zone" follows with just as much excitement, fast-paced and the rush is onÖ kinda in the style of AC/DCís "Whole Lotta Rosie" but done SCORPIONS style!!!

SCORPIONS do it again with the seductive ballad "Lorelei" and itís just another hit for the band! The slicing guitar solos and the great acoustic work make this a standout track. Klaus was meant for ballads as he puts his heart into the tracks and you can actually feel the power he possesses.

The third ballad "SLY" just might be the best of the three but all are phenomenal and Klaus is unbelievable on every one; sensitive, uplifting and amazing songs like this will surely be missed.

"The Best Is Yet to Come" is a soft rocker which I hope the words are true. I feel that the SCORPIONS gave the world some history making music and in return the fans gave their hearts back to them. SCORPIONS conquered the hard times in life with their music and it also brought spirit to the youth. RockEyez and the world stand and salute you SCORPIONS!


Band Lineup:
  • Klaus Meine - Lead vocals
  • Matthias Jabs - Lead & rhythm guitars
  • Rudolf Schenker - Rhythm & lead guitars, backing vocals
  • Pawel Maciwoda - Bass, backing vocals
  • James Kottak - Drums

 

Track Listing:
  1. Raised on Rock
  2. Sting in the Tail
  3. Slave Me
  4. The Good Die Young (feat. Tarja Turunen)
  5. No Limit
  6. Rock Zone
  7. Lorelei
  8. Turn You On
  9. Let's Rock
  10. SLY
  11. Spirit of Rock
  12. The Best Is Yet to Come
  13. Thunder and Lightning (Bonus Track)

 

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