Scorpions
In Trance


4.5
superb

Review

by RunOfTheMill USER (6 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2012 | 52 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A masterful piece of hard rock with very few flaws.

By 1975, it is remarkable to think that the Scorpions had been formed already 10 years before. Their early years were turbulent ones, with multiple lineup changes and steps towards many open-ended directions. However, with the release of their third album, In Trance, the Scorpions were finally starting to establish their base sound, and with masterful execution.

With their previous releases, the band had been influenced by psychedelic and progressive influences. Compositions such as “Lonesome Crow”, “In Search of the Peace of Mind” and “Fly to the Rainbow” display this perfectly. Enter In Trance, these influences have been mostly ditched. Shorter and more concise songs dominate the album. Similarly to “Speedy's Coming” off of Fly to the Rainbow, tracks such as “Dark Lady”, “Top of the Bill” and “Robot Man” are fun and easy to listen to, and easily grasp any listener's attention with fast-paced rhythm and amazing guitar work by Roth and Schenker.

Despite this, progressive structure is still present in some tracks. The title track and “Evening Wind” clearly change throughout their course. In particular, the title track benefits from this immensely, when it changes from an acoustic ballad, to a stellar solo by Roth, and finishes with an emotionally driven chant by Meine, accompanied by powerful instrumentation from the entire band.

Other power ballads on the album shouldn't be overlooked, however. The likes of “Life's Like a River” and “Living and Dying” are great tracks, and fully flesh out Meine's impressive vocal ability and the amount of emotion he puts in.

If there was ever one thing that made the Uli Jon Roth era iffy, it was Roth's vocals. Roth's voice is nasal, and deepened by his accent, making it go frequently out of tune. His vocals on “Dark Lady” aren't so bad, because of the blaring sound of all the instruments, as well as Meine taking over the high-pitched yells during the chorus, but it ruins “Sun in My Hand”, who's minimalistic rhythmic approach brings all ears to his vocal flaws, which is unfortunate, because otherwise that track has great soloing.

As for the other band members, Buccholz plays his best bass lines of his career, and is the driving force for songs such as “Longing for Fire” and “Life's Like a River”. Their new drummer, Rudy Lenners, isn't as impressive as Jurgen Rosenthal, but manages to keep up to the beat. These two make up the stellar rhythm section of the album and perfect its pace, making for hardly ever a dull moment.

In Trance is an extremely high note in the Scorpions' career, and is probably their best work with Roth. It has masterful guitar work, powerful vocals by Meine and perfect pace. What more could you ask for from a hard rock album?

Klaus Meine – vocals
Uli Jon Roth – guitar, vocals
Rudof Schenker – guitar
Francis Buccholz – bass guitar
Rudy Lenners – drums



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RunOfTheMill
June 3rd 2012


1462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Third review! :D

Not trying anything special, but I wanted to make a clear review that dissected the music well. Any constructive criticism is welcome!

rockandmetaljunkie
June 3rd 2012


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ugh i wanted to review this album.
Nevermind, good review mate this album needed one. Have a pos.
In Trance is the best album Scorpions wrote in the 70's.

RunOfTheMill
June 3rd 2012


1462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Beat ya to it :P

Thanks man. Yeah, this album REALLY needed it, so I hope the review does it justice.

rockandmetaljunkie
June 3rd 2012


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well now all i have to do is write a better one.

"Yeah, this album REALLY needed it"

I see you also reviewed their debut, which is good. This band needs more attention, especially their work with Uli Roth.

bloc
June 3rd 2012


34852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great stuff dude

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TheNotrap
June 3rd 2012


8070 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Enjoyable album indeed.

Always great to see a Scorpions review, have a pos.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2012


20671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules. Roth is such an awesome guitarist.

Good review, pos'd.

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RunOfTheMill
June 3rd 2012


1462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Roth is awesome. I find the entire band was much more creative with him.

Thanks for the pos's!

Detritivore
June 4th 2012


270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album , powerfull and enjoyable. The work of Uli Jon Roth was perfect, this guy is my guitar hero.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2012


6102 Comments


CAUSE I'M IN TRAAAAAAAAAAANNNCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEEEEE


Great album, I should listen to the Scorpions' Uli Jon Roth era more.

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Itishappeningagain
July 30th 2012


317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, and i thought these guys were always about simplicity. Was pleasantly surprised with this.

dannyboy89
March 18th 2013


11960 Comments


Started listening to this, good stuff. Gotta love the guitar work here.

dannyboy89
March 18th 2013


11960 Comments


Started listening to this, good stuff. Gotta love the guitar work here.

Whoops, double post.

dannyboy89
March 18th 2013


11960 Comments


Overlooked album by the band, looks like a 4.5 to me.

dannyboy89
March 18th 2013


11960 Comments


The solo in "Sun in My Hand" is beast.

dannyboy89
March 18th 2013


11960 Comments


In Trance is easily one of Scorpions' most underrated releases. Uli Jon Roth does a great job here. Very fine album.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2013


20671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album. Roth era Scorpions is the best.

danielcardoso
July 7th 2013


2235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best German band ever!
One of their best albums.

manosg
July 7th 2013


6089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent album.

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MrSirLordGentleman
August 21st 2013


4404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And I say ohhhh ohhh I'm a robot man
And I say ohhhh ohhh I'm a loseeeeer

gotta love that

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