The twelfth full-length album by the legendary German Melodic Hard Rock band.
Scorpions' 12th studio album in 21 years, tried to pick up where "Crazy World" had left off, continuing to pursue a harder and more dynamic sound. Probably a bit influenced by Seattle's emerging Grunge scene, Scorpions turned to an even more Heavy guitar-based sound and even louder drumming in its mix, in an attempt to follow music trends of that time. Unfortunately, however, "Face The Heat" doesn't manage to be as consistent as its predecessor: after a very heavy and positive start, it starts to deteriorate and it doesn't seem able to pick itself up and match that initial promising start. It's an album that presents some very good tracks and a considerable amount of inspired moments, but its inconsistency often keeps it from achieving its full potential. Certainly, it's a decent album, but judging from its opening 5 or 6 tracks, it could've been a lot better.
This album marked band's status as a sort of political band with the song "Alien Nation", which was about the re-unification of Germany. Album had a contemporary touch to it, as the band were then going with the current trends, before later returning to their original style in "Unbreakable" in 2004.
This is also the last album to feature drummer Herman Rarebell, and the first with Ralph Rieckermann on bass guitar.
The song "Under the Same Sun" was played during the ending credits of the 1994 film "On Deadly Ground".
Still a nice addition to Scorpions' long discography!
PolyGram Records Inc./Mercury/Universal, 1993 (518 280-2). Made in Germany.
1. Alien Nation 5:44
2. No Pain No Gain 3:55
3. Someone To Touch 4:28
4. Under The Same Sun 4:53
5. Unholy Alliance 5:17
6. Woman 5:56
7. Hate To Be Nice 3:33
8. Taxman Woman 4:30
9. Ship Of Fools 4:15
10. Nightmare Avenue 3:54
11. Lonely Nights 4:50
12. Destin 3:17
13. Daddy's Girl 4:17
Total playing time: 58:49