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Krokus - 1980 Metal Rendezvous



ARTIST: Krokus
ALBUM: Metal Rendezvous
LABEL: Ariola
SERIAL: ARL 5056 (UK), OL 1502 (USA)
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1988, Arista, 259048 * 2000, BMG (Japan), BVCM-3552

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Marc Storace - vocals * Tommy Kiefer - guitars * Fernando Von Arb - guitars * Chris Von Rohr - bass * Freddy Steady - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heatstrokes * 02 Bedside Radio * 03 Come On * 04 Streamer * 05 Shy Kid * 06 Tokyo Nights * 07 Lady Double Dealer * 08 Fire * 09 No Way * 10 Back Seat Rock 'n' Roll

WEBLINKS: krokusonline.seven49.net


Background
By the time 1980 came around, Krokus had already released four albums. From Switzerland, these guys changed horses like some guys change their cars. Krokus started life out as a prog based outfit during the mid-seventies, then diverting to a metal sound, with more than a headshake to the heroes of the time AC/DC. Still, despite the perceived 'rip-off' notoriety, these guys were actually pretty good, and 'Metal Rendezvous' became their 'big break' in the international market, though it wasn't until 'Headhunter' was released some years later that they truly broke in the US market. From about this album through to 1984's 'The Blitz' LP, the band were regular producers of quality boogie/metal through the mid 80's.


The Songs
One can't help feeling that 'Metal Rendezvous' has more than an ounce of riffarama, a la AC/DC, Status Quo, though perhaps a shade heavier than both of them. However, there are some memorable moments onboard, namely the pairing of the superb 'Fire' and the power-ballad 'Streamer'. The more commercial efforts of 'Heatstrokes', 'Bedside Radio' and 'Tokyo Nights' are passable, though admittedly, Krokus' songwriting skills did gradually improve over time


In Summary
The bands output is worth checking out, though at a passing glance 'Headhunter' is a definite contender for your collection, while 'One Vice At A Time' and 'Hardware' are Ok though not compulsory. Krokus still continue to pump out great albums, and surprisingly, the band's lineup circa 1982 reunited for 2010's excellent 'Hoodoo' album.


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#1 | sabace on March 30 2006 14:30:02
their most original lp excellent
#2 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:23:59
Playing this 25 years after it's release and this is still a very very good album. There isn't one track on this that doesn't hit the mark in one way or another, although 'Heatstrokes' 'Streamer' and the brilliant 'Tokyo Nights' win the prize for the best tracks. This is definately the best album in the their catologue by a mile (although 'Hardware' and 'One Vice' are pretty good) and a classic in European Hard Rock - A definate must own if you haven't got it.
#3 | Eric on April 11 2007 22:15:41
'Streamer' is IMHO the best track here, but overall this is an excellent album. I probably saw Krokus live more than any other band in the 80's, just because they were supporting just about everyone it seemed or I wanted to see a band supporting them (Accept in 86' for example). I even had a chance to shoot the breeze with Marc Storace once which was fun.

I do wish the first couple Krokus albums would be reissued, especially the first which supposedly leans towards the Genesis-early Eloy sound, or at least that's what I have been lead to believe...
#4 | imprimateur on July 24 2008 04:14:32
This album is a good friend of mine from 1980.
#5 | reyno-roxx on May 21 2009 19:57:23
A fantastic record that still stands up today. 'Hardware' was a great follow up too.
The first overseas job I had for 'Kerrang!' was to interview Krokus in Switzerland in January 1988. Great bunch of guys, especially Marc Storace who still remembered the rather amusing flight back to London that he, I and photographer George Chin shared.
 
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