In 1993, Scorpions released Face the Heat. Bass was handled by Ralph Rieckermann. For the recording process, Scorpions brought in producer Bruce Fairbairn. The album’s sound was more metal than melodic and divided the band’s fan base. Many «headbangers» responded positively to the album while many longtime fans were put off. Neither the heavy metal single «Alien Nation» nor the ballad «Under The Same Sun» came close to matching the success of «Wind of Change«. Face the Heat was a moderate success. In 1995, a new album, Live Bites, was produced. The disc documented retro live performances from their Savage Amusement Tour in 1988, all the way through the Face the Heat Tour in 1994. While the album had a technologically cleaner sound in comparison to their best-selling live album, World Wide Live, it was not as successful.

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