So is this it? One of the most influential German hard rock group Scorpions are all set to hang up their guitars with their supposedly final album Sting in the Tail,their 17th record.
You have to give it to the guys for still having the minerals to pack a pounding punch even after four decades of arena-rocking performances,belting out some of the most mesmerising and hard-hitting tracks.
Questions are raised as to why the band has decided to hang up its boots when the energy and creative sting is still alive and kicking in its latest record that has crunchy guitar works by Rudolph Schenker and Matthias Jabs and the piercing croons of Klaus Meine.
The opening track Raised on rock,with its power chord intro over the familiar turf of Schenkers resounding riffs,thumps its way through old-school rock complete with Meines wails and howls,talk box tweaks by Jabs and a hammering rhythm section by bassist Pawel Maciwoda and drummer James Kottak.
The quintet race through the album,as the volatile title track is followed by hard melodies like Slave me trying to scale the ultra-energetic trips that once defined classics such as The zoo and Rock you like a hurricane.
And whats Scorpions without their captivating arpeggio licks? The album has its soft power rock moments with some airy ringing-in-the-head harmonies such as the vintage-sounding Lorelei and Sly which sound like a cross-breed of Send me an angel and Holiday.
So is this the end of Scorpions? Given that the final track is called The best is yet to come where the band muses How can we grow old/ when the soundtrack of our lives is Rock N Roll,theres room for doubt. The verdict: a stinging hard rock record.