Release date: September 15th 2006
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target ( Denmark )

Krokus/AC-DC Style

Rating: 88/100
Cover artwork rating: 60/100
Reviewed by:
Peter Laursen
September 9th 2006

Swiss band Krokus was formed back in 1974 but it wasn’t until the year 1982 and the album “One Vice at a Time” that I had my first encounter with them. Tracks like “Long Stick goes Boom”, “Down the Drain” and especially “Playin’ the Outlaw” took me by surprise and from that point I called myself a fan of Krokus.  

Some claims that Krokus is nothing more than an AC/DC clone but to me Krokus is so much more. On the album “Headhunter” (1983) Krokus are more Metal orientated. On “The Blitz” (1984) Krokus goes “Pop-Metal” and “Change of Address” from 1986 is without discussion their most melodic album to this date while “Rock the Block” (2003) is very, very close to the sound and style of AC/DC.  

And now back to their brand new release “Hellraiser”. This album sums everything up what Krokus stands for. 14 tracks of with everything from Melodic Rock, AC/DC-like rockers to Metal. I do think that there’s something for every Krokus-fan here on this album. My favourite tracks could very well be; Album opener and title-track “Hellraiser”, “No Risk no Gain” and the two up-tempo tracks, “Spirit of the Night” and album-closer, “Rocks off”.

Krokus fans doesn’t go wrong here, so check “Hellraiser” out when it hit the stores in a few days.  

Recommended tracks: See above.