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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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Ride into the sun
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mrtj97
Love this song, head Hunter one of the best albums ever made
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Shot of love
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American Woman
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krokus is better than acdc
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rock the nation
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stayed awake all night the song, cool
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They got tied me up, to a woe tree.
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Sons of vengeance,ca n you rescue me?
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dokken is for women
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lake of tears needs to replace ratt on here
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ride into the sun
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I missing. Talking with Tommy about the old tour days... Lets go Chargers. 8607 paseo del rey
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nicko252008
scorpions and dokken should definitely be on the similar artists. WTF!?
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nicko252008
Im more of a Dokken guy, but krokus does have some good cuts.
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Stayed awake all night,God this takes me back to the good ol days!!!
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I love this band so kick a** rock out!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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I'm 32
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Midnight Maniac, another great Krokus song. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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smichels4
I'm not an expert on Krokus but I'm pretty sure that their Stayed Awake All Night album does not feature a picture of Sarah McLachlin. Just sayin'...
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happy 66th birthday to my mom. mad max 4 is going to be in may 15th.
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I agree.
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Love this band they are so amazing screaming in the night what a classic
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It's a trap
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nicko252008
I have all there albums, who wants them? FREE
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judas priest is not a similar artist. Megadeth is.
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I refuse to buy the cd dirty dynamite because of the cover though. just a dog smoking a cig.
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american woman
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move over judas priest. Krokus is now in America. Thanks Ted Nugent.
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Where's change of adress ?
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Wow what blast to listen to. Again. Bang your heads!!!
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Betta run for your life... luv Krokus.
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She's no lady she's a b**ch...Eat the Rich great song. Luv the whole album...Anot h e r great is Screaming In The Night and Our Love. Krokus was an excellent concert many yrs ago when the concerts were general admission. ROCK ON EVERYONE and Happy New Year
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Yep. Truly underrated band. Agreed. Such a great album.
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So am I kkpriest. Left a comment on your profile. Krokus was the first metal band I ever heard. I was in 4th grade. Became a metal-head instantly. So brings back fond memories.
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Im a midnite maniac.
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Not to many pep know these guys but you need to lesson up there kick a**!!!
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larry_the_lo b s t e r
Long Stick Goes Boom!
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Keep me rockeb n rolling.
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Krokus was an amazing concert seen em lots a times...
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Jimi Jamison from Survivor was also a guest musician and sings background vocals on Headhunter.
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Wtf-is squid metal?
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Seen krokus in concert opened for Sammy excellent show. .luv all there music..ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Krokus was one of the first metal bands i listened to when i was a kid, will never forget rocking out to stayed awake all night . It still evokes great memories when i hear it.
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Rob Halford from Judas Priest sings background vocals on Ready To Burn from the Headhunter album.
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bigntal
this is when it was cool to have loud speakers in your car!
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saw these guys open for Leppard in '84. Perfect.













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This band kicks a**. Too bad they're not as popular as other bands :(
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Saw them back in the day as a headliner at the Long Beach arena and W.A.S.P was the opening band..Great show!!
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These guys put on a great show..Seen em in Tennessee open for Sammy Hagar great concert!!!!!
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