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The 10 best Scorpions albums, chosen by Rudolf Schenker

Rudolf Schenker in 2011
(Image credit: Rob Monk/Classic Rock Magazine)

With over a half century of rockin' like a hurricane behind them, Scorpions may have slowed down a little, but the band who help shaped the template of modern mainstream metal with albums like Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, Blackout and Love At First Sting are still a considerable force in and out of the studio. 

The driving force behind the band remains Rudolf Schenker, a man whose metronomic, precision-tooled rhythm guitar provides the fuel for much of the band's success. Here, he chooses his 10 favourite Scorpions' albums. 

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.