They may share their name with a venomous creature, but in truth, the Scorpions’ longevity suggests the band has more in common with a cockroach. Perhaps that’s why the band’s 20th album is titled Unbreakable. In a career spanning 35 years, this German band has been a worldwide heavy metal success story, perhaps best known for the enduring and unifying “Wind of Change” — an anthem for the fall of the Berlin Wall. However, Klaus Meine, Rudolph Schenker and co. clearly have no intention of being killed off by an ever-evolving music scene just yet.
“New Generation” and “Love ‘Em Or Leave ‘Em” possess that classic Scorpions sound, proving that the band still has a rocking sting in its tail after two relatively stripped back albums. “Blood Too Hot” is another ferocious rocker, before the Queen-esque rock opera “Maybe I Maybe You” slows down the pace briefly.
“My Town, My City,” “She Said” and “Through My Eyes” may be tired, clichéd and extremely last century — not least because of some truly horrific lyrics — but in sticking to their principles and strengths and not selling out to a more modern sound, Unbreakable should ensure continued popularity with the Scorpions’ existing fanbase.