Tag: Scorpions

Staff Infections – March 2022

Welcome, friends, to the March 2022 edition of Staff infections, your monthly glimpse into the listening habits of your pals here at Last Rites. Last month I expressed my hope that Vladimir Putin’s threatened invasion

Scorpions – Rock Believer Review

From the moment they started doing interviews for their 19th album Rock Believer, the Scorpions made a point of mentioning records like Lovedrive and Blackout, and of saying that they wanted to return to just

Last Rites Presents: Our Most Anticipated Albums Of 2022, Part 1

Well, here we are. It’s 2022. Remember Y2K? That disaster-that-wasn’t passed us by 22 short years ago now. Remember the epic fustercluck that was the year 2020? That’s 2 years behind us, thankfully, although not

A Devil’s Dozen – Scorpions

The rock ‘n’ roll business is an unforgiving beast. I don’t know the specific statistics, but it’s obvious that the vast majority of bands see very little success. Among those who do, the shelf-life of

Last Rites’ Facebook Albums Of The Week: May 13th – 19th

“Album Of The Day” is a Last Rites Facebook feature we started whose purpose is quite straight-forward: highlight one album per day and say a few words about it. Understanding that not everyone chooses to

Get To The Bar… Now, Or How I Met Rudolf Schenker

Sundays are usually boring. But not always… “Dude — get to the bar. Now.” Usually, that’s enough to get me, I’ll be honest.  After all, my beloved Yankees were playing the abominable Red Sox, and

Various Artists – Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life Review

I don’t have to tell you how great Ronnie James Dio was, or at least I shouldn’t. His shocking and tragic passing in 2010 was a huge blow to the metal world. It had lost

80s Essentials – The Hair Metal Daze: Sleeze N’ Cheez

Hair metal: The most-mocked subset of 80s heaviness. Much of it barely qualifies as metal, occupying space more accurately described as hard rock, but its best records appropriate metallic riffage and attitude enough to warrant