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Editors’ Notes

Krokus’ 2002 reunion was so successful—with the aging metal outfit even cracking The Billboard 200—that it came back for seconds with 2006’s Hellraiser. For the first time in decades, guitarist Fernando von Arb was absent due to wrist surgery; he was replaced by Mandy Meyer, who'd briefly been in the band in the '80s. Without von Arb, songwriting duties fell to Meyer and vocalist Marc Storace. Together they delivered a set of songs that bested Rock the Block for a set of classically wrought hard rock tunes. The material is sometimes lighthearted and sometimes rancorous, but the songs' quality is consistent. “Hellraiser,” “Too Wired to Sleep,” “No Risk No Gain,” and “Rocks Off!” prove that Krokus are masters of both boogie-infused hard rock and blitzkrieg metal assaults. The band even seems comfortable with the modern metal styling of “Angel of My Dreams” and “Fight On.” In the end, though, it’s all about “Spirit of the Night”: a perfectly executed blitz that should send even the most cynical metal purist into fits of elation.

Customer Reviews

This album kicks a**

I have been listening to these guys for decades and this is by far the best album they have ever released!! This is a must buy.

These Guys Can Still Rock

The last couple of recordings that Krokus has put out has been some of their best work since Headhunter. If Hellraiser and Rock the Block had been released in the 1980s these guys would have been HUGE! As it stands they have had to settle for being a footnote in rock history has far as that time period is concerned. As for me, this group will always be considerd one of the best. I'm glad to know that they are still around and going strong.

These guys ROCK!!!!

I've enjoyed KROKUS since "Pay It In Metal", but it wasn't until "One Vice At a Time" they really got noticed. HeadHunter was also an excellent album. Since then there were some sporadic hits and good covers, but "Rock the Block" and now "Hellraiser" are pound for pound hit for hit @$%Kickers. Both albums have produced excellent songs and the sound quality is as good as it gets. Now with 2 great albums and a Definitive Hits Collections, I'd say we deserve a "Raising Hell in the USA" tour. These guys have stood the test of time and the "bus" doesn't appear to be slowing anytime soon.


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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