Album Review: Scorpions – Rock Believer (Spinefarm)

By: Jesse Striewski

Up until semi-recently, the Scorpions were still one of those bands I didn’t put all that much thought into to be honest. But in the past decade or so, I’ve revisited a good amount of their classic material, which contains far more gems than simply “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”

On the band’s nineteenth studio record, the guys immediately bring the heat, opening with the high-octane “Gas in the Tank.” Sure, there’s a dud or two along the way (namely “Roots in my Boots”), but bombastic tracks like “Knock ’em Dead,” “Peacemaker,” “Shoot For Your Heart,” and the title track, more than make up for it.

There’s even a tender moment or two, including both electric and acoustic versions of their latest single “When You Know (Where You Come From),” which echos the likes of past power ballads like “Winds of Change.” Rock Believer might not be the strongest effort in the band’s impressively long catalog, but it might just help create a new one or two.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars