Longtime heavy metal band, Krokus, is calling it quits. The Swiss band has been compared to AC/DC, but for many fans, the group has a unique sound and stage presence. Those elements will cause the band to be missed. But according to Ultimate Classic Rock.com interviews the band members and all of whom assert that the farewell tour will conclude in 2019. After the conclusion of the tour, the band plans to hand over the rock ‘n’ roll baton to younger bands.
While the news might be disappointing for some fans, the band leaves a 45-year history and catalog to match. Krokus was introduced to most Americans by way of their 1983 album “Headhunter.”
As the band prepares to say goodbye, now is as good a time as any to review some of Krokus’ best or most interesting work.
“Our Love” by Krokus
From the 1984 album “The Blitz ,” “Our Love” is a smoldering, hard-driving song. Despite what might be implicated by the title, this is not a sweet song. Marc Storance’s raspy, low tenor is put to good use in this song about lovers who are faithful to each, but not their out of town lovers. If that makes any sense. Listeners find out that this is not s typical love affair. The paceof the song is slow to mid-tempo. The guitars are highlighted as they have the job of maintaining the driving sound. Underneath the guitars is the heavy thump of drums.
The drama of the lyrics comes from the bridge section that contains the lyrics, “please don’t ask no questions, and I won’t tell no lies.” Clearly things are complicated. Lyrics aside, this is a classic rock song with bite and a lack of sentimentality.
“Stayed Awake All Night” by Krokus
“Stayed Awake All Night ”certainly received more radio airplay than “Our Love” in some markets.It did prove that Krokus could take a cover song and make it sound like their own. Originally done by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the song proved to be popular as a metal song, too. For most people who appreciate the sound of Krokus, this version of the song is the only one to listen to.
This track also plays up Krokus’ ability to use slower-paced hard rock songs to play up the shimmer and thunder that Krokus is known for. This song features a call-and-response dynamic between the lead and backing vocals. Here, though, the song features Storance’s stratospheric range. This keeps the song from losing its intensity.
The song is about the typical rock ‘n’ roll party scenario. The lyrics relay the not-too-difficult to grasp idea of staying up all night and then coming home in the cool of the morning. In that way, it sounds like a product of the age in which it was created. But the classic Krokus instrumentation remains. The guitar riffs, that when played together sound like heavy machinery if nothing else, are worth hearing.
Other early 1980s highlights from the band’s history include a cover of Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz,” and the band’s heroic-sounding original, “Screaming in the Night.”
Krokus’ farewell tour is going to disappoint more than a few fans. However, after 45 years, the band has massed a catalog that will entertain audiences for years to come. The farewell tour will end Dec. 7, 2019. More tour information will be released soon,1 according to Ultimate Classic Rock.