If David Coverdale-era Deep Purple jammed with Rainbow, or Robert Plant bedded Fastway, you might get Austin, Texas' Scorpion Child. The band's self-titled debut takes listeners back to the good times, good vibes, and great music of the hard-rocking '70s. Right from the opening track, "Kings Highway," the album is all killer, no filler. The lead single "Polygon of Eyes" has an anthemic chorus that is hard to get out of one's head, while the second single, "Liquor," boasts a groove and melody that is contagious and catchy.
Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast) Less enamored of the new wave of British heavy metal than its fellow contemporaries, Scorpion Child pledges troth to the early Seventies, when hundreds of proto-metal bands joined Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath in redefining the art of the riff. The Austin quintet doesn't imitate the standard forebears on its full-length debut for major label metal imprint Nuclear Blast, even if the John Bonham thud and golden god howl of opener "Kings Highway" indicate otherwise. Instead, the gnarled, psychedelic roots of early metal feed the Child's headbanging.