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Krokus

Switzerland's most successful hard rock band, Krokus enjoyed international popularity in the 1980s and onward for their aggressive, straightforward variety of European metal. Hailing from the Swiss city of Solothurn, Krokus was formed in 1974 by guitarist Tommy Kiefer and percussionist Chris Von Rohr. Initially performing an eclectic and artful brand of prog rock, Krokus released their first album in 1976, with the founders joined by guitarist Hansi Droz and bassist Remo Spadino. Krokus' second album, To You All, found them pursuing a tougher hard rock sound with a revamped lineup: Von Rohr moved from drums to vocals, Fernando Von Arb came on board as second guitarist, and the band had a new rhythm section, bassist Jurg Naegeli and drummer Freddy Steady (the new members were all previously with the group Montezuma). As Krokus moved toward a harder and leaner sound influenced by AC/DC, they decided they wanted a stronger vocalist, and Von Rohr moved to bass while Marc Storace, a former member of Eazy Money, became their new lead singer, joining in time for the sessions for 1980's Metal Rendez-Vous.

By this time, Krokus had become a leading draw in Switzerland and Europe through steady touring, and were gaining momentum in England and the United States. Released in 1982, One Vice at a Time was recorded after the band had signed a new management deal as well as a contract with Arista Records in the United States; it also marked the recorded debut of guitarist Mark Kohler after the departure of Tommy Kiefer. The album sold well and the songs "Long Stick Goes Boom" and "American Woman" (the latter a cover of the Guess Who's hit) became modest hits, but their biggest breakthrough in the United States came with 1983's Headhunter, which went platinum in America and gold in Canada and Switzerland, spawning the hits "Screaming in the Night" and "Eat the Rich." Released in 1984, The Blitz was another commercial success, but it also found Krokus moving in a more pop-metal-oriented direction, and reflected internal instability, as it was the second album in a row in which the band broke in a new drummer; Steve Pace replaced Freddy Steady on Headhunter, and Jeff Klaven took over on The Blitz. Issued in 1986, Change of Address was a commercial and critical disappointment, and after the live album Alive and Screamin', Krokus entered into a short-lived deal with MCA for 1988's Heart Attack, which featured new drummer Dani Crivelli.

Following an international tour in support of Heart Attack, Krokus went on hiatus, and while Fernando Von Arb formed a new version of the band (with no other previous members) to record 1991's Stampede and 1999's Round 13, other figures from Krokus' classic period drifted in and out of the group for several years, and Von Arb bowed out for a few years following wrist surgery in 2005. In 2007, the best-known members of Krokus were persuaded to reunite for a special television appearance, and after Mark Storace, Fernando Von Arb, Mark Kohler, Chris Von Rohr, and Freddy Steady wowed the crowd (and paid tribute to Tommy Kiefer, who died in 1986), they played a massive homecoming show in Sweden and regrouped in the studio to record a new album, 2010's Hoodoo. In May 2011, the ongoing reunion hit a snag when it was announced that Freddy Steady had left the band, though Krokus vowed to continue, releasing their 17th album, Dirty Dynamite, in 2013. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Great jamming music in my gto down the highway
Krokus good music to workout to
brendao37
yep me too = cassette hell yeah
brendao37
hell yeah still have my cassette
The video Screaming In The Night was a bad A** video. This was my first concert many moons ago
grew up jammin' to Krokus. they Dickens rock.
Remember the video for Midnight Maniac . The girl in this video was simply gorgeous. Probably their best alongside Screaming in the Night.
R&R first concert many moons ago with Saxon & cheap trick erie pa's "legendary" field house !
Trying to sound like Bon Scott
my favorite song from this band..
Fernando and marc keep it on 11 missed malta a few years back a bad storm.will see you again love you guys
hey if you like this follow me and listhen to this and the greates
awsome
riverman172
Their newer stuff is pretty good. Some is better than the old stuff.
dependableau t o 9
Yes they bring back some good memories of my youth and I still dig their music.
its been years since a comment, but they still rock ya'' all!
remember them all to well . One of my fav bands big hair tight skirts rocking out at local venues underage jamming with the bands.. : )
NIGHTWOLF!KR O K U S ROXX!!
You all know about 69
george.r.mil l s
This band is good for all occasions. If I had put them with anyone I would say Judas Priest at their most intense.
'I can tell you life is rich; she's no lady, she a b****'
Don't you know it.
They sent unmarked tapes of there first few songs to radio stations all over the U.S. that said "Play Me!!!" and marked with a release date. I remember WMET in Chicago playing them for weeks and nobody knew who it was.
Schools out biggest hit? Huh, Screaming in the night or Eat the Rich is more like it. By the way, don't forget American Woman and Midnight Maniac.
dmbeckham2
The reviewer is completely lost. The album One Vice At A Time and Head Hunter are great album's and Hellraiser was a great comeback Cd for the band. Yeah they are old school but they are awesome!!!
oakgrovecons t r u c t i o n
one of the best bands ever
This reviewer probably doesn't listen to any hard rock radio station... ever. He thinks the Alice Cooper cover was the big hit because it was on Beavis and Butthead. "Screaming in the Night" has been a regular rock radio staple. Still played today.
dummud
these guys are sick!!! Krokus for life rock on men for those about to rock i salute you all that new stuff on the radio can suck it so can dr dre the ca suck each oher on the camel toe
KROKUS!!! eat the rich!
They recorded in my hometown... so I'm like famous or something.
The guys who wrote the bio and overviews for the albums must really hate Krokus... But these guys ROCK!!!!!
Exactly, what about Metal Rendevous and Hardware? This dude doesn't have a clue! Burning Bones!
holsch
What about pre-83? Metal Rendevous? Hardware? One Vice At A Time? The guy who wrote the bio is a joke (jerk). These guys rocked!!
magruver
AWESOME MUSIC,,,,,,, , , , , , , , , they Rock,, all right,,
The fog used 2 be there in the early morning.U troopers still remember.
tledford3 they are still going today cause they rock
bocult
Not too bad for the time period. Lyrics are still kinda goofy...typi c a l of the 80s.
Some of the best stoner rock ever made!
Saw them 2 years ago in Salt Lake City. It was Mark Storace's birthday. Bunch of short short guys. They still blew the roof off the place. Great show.
tledford3
still going today cause nobody bought that lame a** s**t they sold in the 80's!
Probably my favorite band in the 80s. They are still going today when most of the bands from the 80s are long gone. Rock on boys your music is the s**t
Scraming in the night? Stayed awake all night ? ETC... KROKUS KICKS A** M'Frs !!!!
Steve Huey must be a dick
Headhunter is their best Album
Hard working kick a** band...no mercy!
What a great year for metal, 1983, the last great year before it all started getting simplified and bland (the result of the big hair metal takeover)... . P r i e s t , Maiden, Y and T, Accept, and Krokus were all at their peak in '83. It is a very rich period in heavy music where all the best bands were influencing one another to do their very best work.

Melodic, well crafted, state of the art stuff, with AOR appeal without being wimpy, I put "Headhunter" up there among the greatest metal albums
Krokus's Headhunter is considered one of the best Metal albums of the 80's. Moreover, their greatest hit will always be "Screaming in the Night". That is all!
I saw them open up for Def Leppard in 1983, and later Sammy Hagar in '84. They were great the first time, so-so the second. Not bad, just contrived. Their drummer was great! Their mistake was P.R.. Basically they made enemies with Motley Crue who publicly derided them.
I saw the in concert in the mid-eighties with WASP, good show. Can't believe they are still putting out music,I'll have to check it out.
tnyavena
Great songs with great hooks.Undera t e d band from the80's.

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