Face the Heat

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Face the Heat
ScorpionsFacetheHeat.jpg
Studio album by Scorpions
Released September 21, 1993
Studio Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genre Heavy metal
Length 52:04
Label Mercury/PolyGram
Producer Bruce Fairbairn and Scorpions
Scorpions chronology
Crazy World
(1990)
Face the Heat
(1993)
Pure Instinct
(1996)
Singles from Face The Heat
  1. "Alien Nation"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Woman"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Under the Same Sun"
    Released: November 1993
  4. "No Pain No Gain"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 4/10[2]

Face the Heat is the twelfth studio album released by German band Scorpions in 1993.

It was produced by the band and the late Bruce Fairbairn and released on the PolyGram label. This album marked their status as a sort of political band with the song "Alien Nation", which was about the re-unification of Germany .[citation needed] This 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 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.

"Alien Nation" was covered by the Italian heavy metal band Mastercastle, recorded by Pier Gonella at MusicArt Studios and released as Japanese bonus track of their album The Phoenix.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Alien Nation" Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine 5:44
2. "No Pain No Gain" Schenker, Meine, Mark Hudson 3:55
3. "Someone to Touch" Schenker, Meine, Hudson 4:28
4. "Under the Same Sun" Hudson, Bruce Fairbairn, Meine 4:52
5. "Unholy Alliance" Schenker, Meine 5:16
6. "Woman" Schenker, Meine 5:56
7. "Hate to Be Nice" Schenker, Meine 3:30
8. "Taxman Woman" Schenker, Meine 4:30
9. "Ship of Fools" Schenker, Meine 4:15
10. "Nightmare Avenue" Matthias Jabs, Meine, Hudson 3:54
11. "Lonely Nights" Schenker, Meine 4:50

Personnel[edit]

Scorpions

Additional musicians

  • John Webster - keyboards
  • Luke Herzog - additional keyboards on "Woman" and "Lonely Nights", arrangements with Klaus Meine on "Woman"
  • Helen Donath - opera voice on "Ship of Fools"
  • Rhian Gittins - girl's voice on "Nightmare Avenue"
  • Paul Laine - backing vocals
  • Mark LaFrance - backing vocals
  • Bruce Fairbairn - backing vocals
  • Mark Hudson - backing vocals

Production

  • Bruce Fairbairn - producer, arrangements with Scorpions
  • Erwin Musper - engineer, mixing
  • Mike Plotnikoff - engineer
  • George Marino - mastering
  • Hubert Kretzschmar - cover photography

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993 German Albums Chart[3] 4
French Albums Charts[4] 5
Swiss Albums Charts[5] 9
Austrian Albums Charts[6] 12
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 15
Billboard 200 (North America) [8] 24
Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[9] 29
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[10] 34
GfK Dutch Charts[11] 34
UK Albums Chart[12] 51

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1993 "Alien Nation" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 10
German Singles Chart[13] 27
"Woman" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 15
1994 "Under the Same Sun" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 16
French Singles Charts[14] 19
RPM100 Hit Tracks (Canada)[15] 31
German Singles Chart[16] 99

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
France SNEP 1993 Gold (+ 100,000)[17]
Switzerland IFPI Switzerland 1993 Gold (+ 25,000)[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weber, Barry. "Scorpions Face the Heat review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9. 
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  7. ^ "Scorpions – Face the Heat (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Face the Heat Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  9. ^ "スコーピオンズ - スコーピオンズのアルバム売り上げランキング". Oricon. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  10. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 58, No. 15, October 23, 1993". Library and Archives Canada. 23 October 1993. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  11. ^ "Scorpions – Face the Heat (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  12. ^ "Scorpions – Face the Heat Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-11-25. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Single – Scorpions, Alien Nation". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  14. ^ "Scorpions – Under the Same Sun (chanson)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  15. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 59, No. 9, March 21, 1994". Library and Archives Canada. 21 March 1994. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  16. ^ "Single – Scorpions, Under the Same Sun". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  17. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973 : search for Scorpions" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  18. ^ "Awards". Hitparade.ch. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-25.