Scorpions Release 1st Studio Album in 7 Years, ‘Rock Believer’

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Scorpions have shared another track from their new album, Rock Believer. The album, the group’s 19th studio effort and first in seven years, arrives February 25, 2022. Listen to many of the tracks below.

Of the album, Meine says, “The new material sees us return to our roots. We simply wanted to reactivate the original Scorpions DNA — great riffs, strong melodies. We tried to transport that live feel to the studio with all five of us playing in one room again at last. Having Mikkey Dee in the band is like a shot of fresh energy and real fun.”

Listen to “Seventh Sun”

Watch the video for “Rock Believer”

Frontman Klaus Meine, singer and author of the lyrics, says, “Over the years, we’ve heard people say lots of times that rock is dead. But there are still millions of rock believers out there all over the world that prove them wrong.”

Watch the video for “When You Know (Where You Come From)”

Of “Shining of Your Soul,” Meine says, “When someone enters the room and you sense an aura that makes everything else fade into the background. When the atmosphere changes inexplicably, and one is enveloped in a warm glow. The shining of a soul.”

Due to the pandemic, the recording sessions planned in America had to be canceled and relocated to Germany.

Lead guitarist Matthias Jabs says, “In a way, the situation was a blessing in disguise for us.” The band had already hired a studio in Los Angeles, but their plans were thwarted by fate. Instead, the musicians found themselves stuck at home, three of them only a stone’s throw away from the legendary Peppermint Park Studios in Hanover, and as soon as travel restrictions were relaxed, bass guitarist Pawel Maciwoda and Dee were able to join them from Poland and Sweden respectively.

“And everything suddenly felt like it had back in the 1980s, when the five of us rocked together, hanging out at the corner pub in the evenings and talking about our music,” Jabs reminisces.

“We had already started to talk about a new album back in 2018,” says founder and guitarist Rudolf Schenker.

Watch the video for “Peacemaker”

In March and April, Scorpions are set to perform at the Planet Hollywood Resorts & Casino in Las Vegas as part of their residency, followed by a European tour scheduled to kick off with a number of shows in Germany in June, with more concerts around the world in the works. Tickets are available here.

Listen to “Knock ’em Dead”

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