The eighteenth full-length studio album by legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band.
German Heavy Metal icons Scorpions hit the 50-year mark in 2015, being initially conceived all the way back in 1965 by a 16-year-old Rudolf Schenker as a beat band very much in line with the trends of the time, and slowly evolving into a Hard Rock force to contend with by the end of the '70s. Multi-Platinum-selling singles and omnipresent commercial success peaked out for the Scorpions sometime in the early '80s, but they kept the flame alive for a dedicated army of followers for decades to come.
"Sting In The Tail" was a declarative return to the radio Metal roots of the band's most popular work from the '80s. "Return To Forever" follows suit very much, with the 12 new songs here embodying the same over the top celebration and hedonistic revelry of a much younger Scorpions. Production handled by longtime Scorpions collaborators Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen replaces some of the thin production choices of the '80s with smarter arrangements and better sound on radio-ready Pop-metal jams like "Rollin' Home" and more introspective tunes like "Eye of the Storm." The songwriting here is on par with some of the band's best work, which figures, as they've been working in a field they helped originate for decades.
Fans of the band's best-loved material will immediately connect with the fun-loving party burners and soft-edged power balladry of the album, all leaning just enough on the band's own storied past for influence but inspired enough to avoid dipping into self-parody. They pretty much wrote the book on sleazy FM radio Metal, so in the case of revisiting their glory days on "Return To Forever", who's to blame the Scorpions for taking a few pages from the book they wrote themselves?
"Return To Forever" is classic Scorpions. They have come up with an album that oozes 1980s and it is just what their fans want from them! The soaring guitars, Meine’s accent cutting through; it will take the listener right back to when Rock was king, beautifully nostalgic. Return to Forever does not break new ground, but it certainly proves the Scorpions have a lot of life left in them and they are not ready to hang up the guitars just yet!!
The album marks the final release of the band with longtime drummer James Kottak, who was replaced in 2016 by former Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee.
RCA Deutschland/SevenOne Music/Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH, 2015 (88843019272). Made in Australia. First press.
1. Going Out With A Bang 3:46
2. We Built This House 3:53
3. Rock My Car 3:20
4. House Of Cards 5:05
5. All For One 2:58
6. Rock 'n' Roll Band 3:55
7. Catch Your Luck And Play 3:33
8. Rollin' Home 4:03
9. Hard Rockin' The Place 4:06
10. Eye Of The Storm 4:28
11. The Scratch 3:41
12. Gypsy Life 4:52
Total playing time: 47:47 min.