Friday, November 2, 2012

Scorpions "Longing For Fire"

A perfect example of how uniquely great the Uli Jon Roth era of Scorpions could be. Here, Roth combines a very original, almost Rock groove with strikingly beautiful vocal melodies (the latter especially notable for the heavy rock genre) and inspirational lyrics. The solos themselves showcase just how melodically oriented the pioneering Teutonic Metal Gods of the 70s were, there isn't a note out of place. And, like Michael Schenker, Roth never loses that edgy sound to his lead playing; to be specific, it sounds as though he's constantly on the edge of slipping up, a factor that resolutely separates his playing from the often robotic sound that many of his disciples (particularly in the Power Metal genre) manifest later.