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

Face the Heat
Studio album by
Released21 September 1993
StudioLittle Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerBruce Fairbairn and Scorpions
Scorpions chronology
Crazy World
Face the Heat
Pure Instinct
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
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal4/10[2]
Metal Hammer (GER)6/7[3]
Rock Hard8.0/10[4]

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.

"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.

"Lonely Nights" was later included in the 2017 compilation album Born to Touch Your Feelings: Best of Rock Ballads.


Track listingEdit

1."Alien Nation"Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine5:44
2."No Pain No Gain"Schenker, Meine, Mark Hudson3:55
3."Someone to Touch"Schenker, Meine, Hudson4:28
4."Under the Same Sun"Hudson, Scott Fairbairn, Meine4:52
5."Unholy Alliance"Schenker, Meine5:16
6."Woman"Schenker, Meine5:56
7."Hate to Be Nice"Schenker, Meine3:30
8."Taxman Woman"Schenker, Meine4:30
9."Ship of Fools"Schenker, Meine4:15
10."Nightmare Avenue"Matthias Jabs, Meine, Hudson3:54
11."Lonely Nights"Schenker, Meine4:50


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, Mark LaFrance - backing vocals
  • Bruce Fairbairn, Mark Hudson - backing vocals on "Under the Same Sun"



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[19] Gold 100,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[20] Gold 25,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[21] Gold 25,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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