We used to call this music heavy metal, but the stuff they call heavy metal today is so unlistenable that I don’t know if the Scorpions still fall in that category. Anyway, it’s still hard rock — with melody. It’s not just power chords, which sets it above mediocre to poor rockers like Motley Crue. It’s not just wild guitar solos (I don’t think that these guys could play as fast as Eddie Van Halen). But the Scorpions rank high on the metal food chain. And if you disagree, that’s okay, but I don’t recommend that you express that opinion in Germany, where the Scorpions reign like Bruce Springsteen in the U.S.A. or U2 in Ireland.