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Sting in the Tail
     

Sting in the Tail

by Scorpions
 

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One does an aural double take upon hearing the opening bars of "Raised on Rock," the first track from the Scorpions Sting in the Tail. Rudolph Schenker's opening power chord riff and guitar tone sound like something from 1976's Virgin Killer, or 1979's

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One does an aural double take upon hearing the opening bars of "Raised on Rock," the first track from the Scorpions Sting in the Tail. Rudolph Schenker's opening power chord riff and guitar tone sound like something from 1976's Virgin Killer, or 1979's Lovedrive. When he's joined by Matthias Jabs on their trademark twin-guitar attack, and by Klaus Meine's instantly recognizable vocal, the effect is complete, the sound familiar, but somehow not nostalgic. The riff was just a quick, humorous nod to history rather an attempt to revel in it. Sting in the Tail is reported to be the final Scorpions studio effort after 44 years. The band that vaulted to the top of the '80s metal scene with its balance of monstrously loud rock anthems ("The Zoo," "Blackout") and infectious power ballads ("Wind of Change," "Still Loving You") has decided to give it one last, honest shot at what they do best. There's more of the former on this offering, from the aforementioned and boogie-metal party rocker that is the title track, to "Slave Me," "No Limit," and the amphetamine overdrive of "Rock Zone," "Spirit of Rock," and "Turn You On" (particularly from the rhythm section of bassist Pavel Maciwoda and drummer James Kottak). Meine's voice is in great shape; he wails and howls without any sign of wear. Another band trademark, the "gang vocal" chorus, is apparent on all the rockers. The power ballads here, "Loreli" and "Sly," follow their formula of slowly ramping up with undeniably catchy melody, a meld of near classical form with hard rock dynamics, and multi-layered guitar and vocal textures. The songwriting here is characteristically tight, the arrangements and bridges are sophisticated, the production doesn't give in to modern clichés, and the band comes off sounding like no one but a renewed version of themselves. As a farewell, Sting in the Tail is an album the Scorpions and their fans can be proud of.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602527332819
catalogNumber:
001405502

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Performance Credits

Scorpions   Primary Artist
Matthias Jabs   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Talk Box,Group Member
James Kottak   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Klaus Meine   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tarja Turunen   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tarja   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rudolf Schenker   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Pavel Maciwoda   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Eric Bazilian   Composer,Lyricist
Matthias Jabs   Composer,Lyricist
Christian Kolonovits   Arranger,Composer
Klaus Meine   Composer,Lyricist
Stefan Schrupp   Arranger
Fredrik Thomander   Composer,Lyricist
Dirk Illing   Cover Design
Martin Hansen   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Rudolf Schenker   Composer,Lyricist
Anders Wikstrom   Composer,Lyricist
Mikael Nord Andersson   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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