The Teutonic Terror tour is coming to Toronto tomorrow, featuring Kreator and Accept. Which got me thinking, who are the top Teutonic Terrors–the 10 best German metal bands? Unlike, say, picking the top Japanese heavy rock bands or the best female-fronted doom troupes, there are a whole lotta options here. I’ve even come across a couple Top 10 lists where I haven’t heard of 80 per cent of the entries… Obviously, Germany is known for producing thrash bands in the 80′s and pumping out power metal today, but are there any German doom bands worthy of inclusion, for instance? Well, I’ll be revealing my list over the next 10 days. I’ve tried to keep it balanced while still highlighting the country’s strengths, but in the end, it really all comes down to personal preference.
The forefathers of German heavy metal. The Scorps started off as a heavy rock band ahead of their time in the early/mid 70′s before cashing in come the 80′s with megahits such as “No One Like You” and “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” After going soft in the 90′s by penning chart-topping ballads “Wind of Change” and “Send Me an Angel,” they’ve recently returned to rocking with 2010′s Sting in the Tail, and have been on their farewell tour for a good 3-4 years now. A plethora of great guitarists have come up through their ranks, whether it be Michael Shenker, Uli Jon Roth or the longtime and current duo of Rudolf Shenker and Matthias Jabs, while the inimitable Klaus Meine has set the standard for a legion of shriekers. Their music has been used in many movies, commercials and TV shows, but placing “Still Loving You” in the series finale of Radio Canada’s Les Invincibles really hit home like a sledgehammer…
The opening strains of the song start around the 1:10 mark. And yes, if you watch this video, you’ll spoil the whole series, but it’s not like you can get it on DVD with English subtitles or anything. (Mind you, there was talk of FOX purchasing the concept of the series about a year ago. Not sure that it ever made it into their fall lineup, though…)