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Though it's often overshadowed by the albums that bookend it (1980’s Metal Rendez-Vous and 1983’s Headhunter, both of which were big hits in the U.S. and Britain), Hardware boasts some of Krokus’ best songwriting and playing. In particular, “Celebration” exemplifies the group’s ability to add a pop sheen to grinding riffs inspired by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The band kept warding off persistent AC/DC comparisons—no doubt strengthened by the fact that Krokus' Marc Storace was invited to audition to replace Bon Scott after the legendary AC/DC frontman’s death in 1980. But there’s no denying the power and passion of “East Rocker,” “She’s Got Everything,” and “Mad Racket.” If you like your rock ‘n’ roll unapologetically vulgar (and really, who doesn’t?), then proceed directly to “Smelly Nelly,” in which an unwashed street urchin is praised as a sex object. Meanwhile, the band’s more atmospheric side is shown on “Winning Man.” But the best song might be “Rock City,” which has such a caustic, relentless riff that it echoes the damaged punk screeds of Black Flag.

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Solid Hard Rock

This album was strong enough to hold it's own against the likes of Def Leppard's High N Dry back in the day. Good stuff!!

My Father introduced this too me.

We were talking about heavy metal bands from the 80's, and all of a sudden he gasps. He remebered an old band called Krokus, and he spoke about how he would listen to an old cassette of his that had the song "Buring Bones" on it. He couldn't remeber the album name, all he could remember was that one song and that the album cover was red. Soooo, I went searching and found this, and I gotta say, it's bad@$$. Anyone who is in the mood for discovering some lost metal bands, this is the s--t for you, don't even preview it, just buy it.

GREAT ALBUM !!!!

BUY IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Biography

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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Hardware, Krokus
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1981

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