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Killer (Switzerland) - 1981 Ladykiller



ARTIST: Killer (Switzerland)
ALBUM: Ladykiller
LABEL: Bellaphon
SERIAL: 260-07-030
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1995, Trend (Austria), CD 157-016

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mark Broman - vocals * Manny Maurer - guitars * Crown Kocher - guitars * Tigre Kofmehl - bass * Ali Alleman - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Get Up, Get Down * 02 Come Along * 03 Crystal Butterfly * 04 Crazy Daisy * 05 Ladykiller * 06 Midnight Highway Rider * 07 Passport * 08 Get Out Of My Life


Background
Hot on the heels of fellow Swiss exports Krokus were Killer, notorious for either one of two things: the once controversial album cover featuring a dead woman, or, topping all else for being the premier AC/DC copyists of their day. With repeated listening it's tempting to say Krokus are more their target, as this is so similar to 'Hardware' that AC/DC barely enter the mind. The cover caused enough trouble for future pressings to feature a live shot of the band, but it at least courted press for the band, of course twenty five years later the cover wouldn't even raise an eyelid. It doesn't detract from an energetic set, which is an enjoyable boogie romp, regurgitated or not.


The Songs
If you've ever heard Krokus's 'Mad Racket' then there's not much point bothering with opener 'Get Up, Get Down'. It's identical, scarily enough so that one wonders who copied whom as they both were released the same year. Broman opts for Brian Johnson style vocals rather than Bon Scott and Krokus would make an album similar in sound to this with 1990's 'Stampede'. 'Come Along' is a furious boogie workout, and at odd moments it almost disappears into Judas Priest territory. This is far heavier and boogie minded than anything AC/DC were doing in 1981 it must be said. More metal is 'Crystal Butterfly', a sweeping epic with Accept shades, and I'm convinced Tom Kiefer of Cinderella based his vocals on Broman after hearing this. Normal service is resumed with the tight 'Crazy Daisy' and the hammering riffs which paired with the backing vocals do recall 1977 era AC/DC. 'Get Out Of My Life' could be an out-take from 'Back In Black', listen to it and you may laugh. The title track is another hard rock gem and as a whole this is an accomplished debut, derivative yes, but heavy and foot stomping it is in droves. There's never enough time for good boogie and Killer knew the game inside out.


In Summary
Killer lasted until 1986, by then there were no original members remaining which is fairly ridiculous in many ways. Another Killer member, Dani Crivelli would also join Krokus, playing on 1988's 'Heart Attack', shortly before they would eventually split themselves. Hearing what Killer managed to conjure up on later albums is enticing to say the least, especially when it has been reported that 1982's 'Thriller' took the AC/DC impersonation even further. Realistically this shows a band with their own style, even if it could be Krokus. I say that because it rocks hard genuinely, and if that's the result then they must have done something right.


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#1 | gdazegod on November 19 2006 21:50:49
Yuck.. the album cover is pretty gruesome.. WTF Shock
#2 | reyno-roxx on April 25 2008 19:21:03
It didn't last long in the stores with that sleeve. It was pretty quickly replaced by a far more tasteful cover. Which means it's something of a collector's piece these days.
 
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