Krokus,…”Screaming in the Night”
“Look at things from a child’s perspective. We can learn from our children. I myself have a daughter that grounds me and reminds me to look at things from a child’s perspective. Be spontaneous, see the positive aspects of life.”Chris Von Rohr
Krokus is a hard rock/heavy metal band from Switzerland. They enjoyed moderate success in North America during the 1980s.
Krokus was founded in Solothurn (Switzerland) in 1975 by bassist (and original lead vocalist) Chris von Rohr and guitarist Tommy Kiefer.
AC/DC vs Krokus
After seeing AC/DC in concert in the late 70s, they decided to change their musical direction and adopted a new sound which was heavily influenced by the band. Since von Rohr possessed limited vocal abilities and was not capable of hitting the third octave, the band decided to hire a new lead vocalist. Eventually, Marc Storace, formerly of TEA and Eazy Money.
“We branded the band KROKUS with this amongst other things. Once in a while critics compare us to AC/DC. What they mainly hear is the exact same vocal range of Marc that the late Bon Scott had. And over that we have no control. Marc’s voice is what you hear. He wasn’t made to sing country but heart stomping rock! He’s not imitating Bon Scott, he is Marc Storace. In the early 80′s that could have bothered us, these days we embrace it”. Chris Von Rohr
Discography & Line Up
1976 Krokus (Chris von Rohr – Hansi Droz – Remo Spadino – Tommy Kiefer)
1977 To You All
1978 Pain Killer ( Chris von Rohr – Fernando von Arb – Freddy Frutig (Freddy Steady) – Jürg Naegeli – Tommy Kiefer)
1979 Metal Rendez-Vous
1981 Hardware (Chris von Rohr – Fernando von Arb – Freddy Frutig (Freddy Steady)
Marc Storace – Tommy Kiefer
In 1982, with new American management, Krokus recorded One Vice at a Time, which featured the hits, “Long Stick Goes Boom,” and the Guess Who cover, “American Woman”. Chris von Rohr described the album at the time as “the album AC/DC never made”, as the influence of the Australian band is difficult to ignore. The comparisons actually cast doubt on the creativity of the band, as many listeners now began to regard Krokus merely as AC/DC imitators. Nevertheless, Krokus became increasingly popular in Europe and began to receive attention in the United States.
1983 Headhunter (Chris von Rohr – Fernando von Arb – Marc Storace
Mark Kohler – Steve Pace)
1983’s Headhunter was awarded Gold album status in the United States and hit number 25 in the 1983 album charts. The album was Krokus’ most successful album to date, both commercially and critically. It boasted the hit power ballad “Screaming in the Night”, which saw heavy rotation on MTV and would become one of the band’s most recognizable songs.
Judas Priest’s Rob Halford contributed backing vocals on the song “Ready to Burn”.
1984 The Blitz ( Fernando von Arb – Jeff Klaven – Marc Storace – Mark Kohler)
1986 Alive And Screamin’
1986 Change of Address (Fernando von Arb – Jeff Klaven – Marc Storace – Mark Kohler – Tommy Keiser)
1988 Heart Attack (Chris von Rohr – Dani Crivelli – Fernando von Arb – Marc Storace
Mark Kohler )
1991 Stampede (Fernando von Arb – Many Maurer – Peter Haas – Peter Tanner – Tony Castell)
1995 To Rock Or Not To Be (Fernando von Arb – Freddy Frutig (Freddy Steady) – Many Maurer – Marc Storace – Mark Kohler)
1999 Round 13 (Carl Sentance – Chris Lauper- Fernando von Arb – Many Maurer
2003 Rock The Block
2004 Fire And Gasoline Live! (Dominique Favez – Fernando von Arb – Marc Storace
Patrick Aeby – Tony Castell)
2006 Hellraiser (Dominique Favez – Mandy Meyer – Marc Storace – Stefan Schwarzmann – Tony Castell)
2013 Dirty Dynamite (Chris Von Rohr – Fernando Von Arb – Freddy Steady
Marc Storace – Mark Kohler)
“Recently, a US webzine wrote a superb review that ended with the comment that our “Dirty Dynamite” is the album AC/DC did not write or should have written instead of “Black Ice”. We love AC/DC and have played with them on the same bill. They sell millions of albums worldwide and we respect them. They tour or record an album every 5 to 6 years. If AC/DC fans cannot wait until their heroes release another album, I suggest they go and get our “Dirty Dynamite”. Chris Von Rohr
The band name Krokus is German for crocus, a flower common throughout Europe. Early in the spring of 1975, band founder Chris von Rohr observed a field of these flowers while traveling by train. He was returning from L’Ecole des Chefs located in France after an aborted career in the culinary arts, and it was around this time the idea for the band was formed. The band members stated that it was the perfect name, since it featured “rok” in the middle.