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Humanity - Hour 1

Rating: 4/10 ?

September 25, 2007
The Germans have a strong national history of quality metal and industrial output, and that extends beyond their automotive industry. As far as heavy metal music goes, the Krauts' heyday was in the early to mid-1980s, when acts like Accept, Krokus, and of course the Scorpions were parading around in leather pants and vests. Krokus and Accept have since faded into oblivion, Udo Dirkschneider, the vocalist of the latter band going on to attempt a solo career only to be forced to live off of the royalties from "Balls To The Wall" when things didn't go quite as planned. The Scorpions, however, have been a success story for German metal.

With classic cuts like "Holiday" and "Wind of Change" in their repertoire, Klaus Meine and his crew of tail stinger-themed rockers set the bar high for themselves and their countrymen. Scorpions knew how to pen a good song back in the day, but in recent years have not managed to find a tune to rival the catchiness of their hymn to the fall of the Wall. Unfortunately with Humanity - Hour 1, the bands 21'st studio release(!), the Scorps are far from in their prime.

Rocking away like they've always done, or at least attempting to do so, one can practically hear the toll of the Scorpions' collective age on these songs. There's something about growing old in the music industry; so many musicians loose the spark they once had, their sound starts to be hopelessly dated, and before long they're field-jacking huge tanks of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer from farmers. Getting old sucks, especially for metalheads, and Humanity - Hour 1's "The Cross" is a case in point: not even when The Scorpions bring in Billy Corgan do they mange to rock. It just sounds old. Ditto for Desmond Child, the man who helped Alice Cooper create Poison, who can't manage to save the Scorpions from Father Time.

It is surely sad to read, but even more sad to write, but the Scorpions have for sure lost their sting. Humanity - Hour 1 will probably still move units at Autobahn Tankstellen across Germany and Austria, and old fans will probably enjoy adding another Scorps disc to their collections, but no one is going to be won over by it. Or impressed, for that matter. It's just plain boring.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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