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Album Review

Heavy on the cheese, Krokus' Metal Rendez-Vous is a fairly enjoyable record, though more than a little silly. The butt of jokes even within the mostly irony-free metal world, Krokus were major poseurs jumping from prog rock to glam metal in timely fashion as trends changed in the late '70s. They eventually stuck with the glam metal thing, milking it for all it was worth, and were quite successful. This record catches them with a little bit of AC/DC-style swagger and plenty of wanky guitar solos. The song "Tokyo Nights" for some reason features a reggae beat halfway through. The album has other surprises, like the way over-the-top power ballad "Streamer," which is incredibly ridiculous and dated. But Metal Rendez-Vous definitely has some kitsch value and, like Spinal Tap, is occasionally very funny, though in Krokus' case, it is definitely an unconscious thing. Despite that, they do know how to rock and can play their instruments better than your average poodle-haired metal dudes.

Customer Reviews

Good stuff. Ignore the itunes review!

I bought this album on vinyl in 1980 & loved it from the start. The twin guitar sounds as used by Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy etc works really well here on their debut album. Fire is my favourite with a stonking guitar section, but Heatstrokes, Shy Skid, Bedside Radio & Lady Double Dealer marked this band out as a proper metal band of the time. Should have been bigger over here IMHO!!

One of the best albums ever!

Fully agree with the previous comments - the itunes review is so far off from reality. I guess you had to live through the metal/glam rock of the late 70's and early 80's as a teenager to fully appreciate this tremendous album. Let's see if the digital version of the album played through my Bose speaker can live up the vinyl - if not, i'll be digging into my vinyl collection again and enjoying every moment of it.


who writes these itunes reviews ? i remember this when it came out on vinyl.still sounds great,phoned one of my mates when i found it on itunes,it was a race to see who could down load it first, the reviewer said it sounds like ac / dc ! ac / dc where never this good , and im a big ac / dc fan. a must for any young rock fan whos looking for good music.


Formed: 1974 in Solothurn, Switzerland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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,...
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Metal Rendez-Vous, Krokus
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1980

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