10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After hiring Maltese dynamo Marx Storace as vocalist in 1980, Krokus broke through to the big time with Metal Rendez-Vous. In an era when metal was fragmenting into subgenres, Krokus had the chops to meld a number of different styles while maintaining a unified sound. Herein lie KISS-like party rock (“Lady Double Dealer,” “Bedside Radio”), driving British metal akin to Judas Priest (“Come On”), and even good old Rolling Stones–style grooves (“Shy Kid”). “Heatstrokes” is a brilliant opener. Although it propelled the band’s success when it became a U.K. chart hit, it also ignited a wave of AC/DC comparisons that would dog Krokus for the rest of its career. In truth, Metal Rendez-Vous is more diverse than any of the classic AC/DC albums. While the band's Australian counterparts specialized in intensified boogie, Krokus delved into the shuffling chords of “Tokyo Nights” (which could almost pass as an Elton John tune) and the slow-burning mood metal of “Streamer” (which hints at the band’s prog-rock roots).

EDITORS’ NOTES

After hiring Maltese dynamo Marx Storace as vocalist in 1980, Krokus broke through to the big time with Metal Rendez-Vous. In an era when metal was fragmenting into subgenres, Krokus had the chops to meld a number of different styles while maintaining a unified sound. Herein lie KISS-like party rock (“Lady Double Dealer,” “Bedside Radio”), driving British metal akin to Judas Priest (“Come On”), and even good old Rolling Stones–style grooves (“Shy Kid”). “Heatstrokes” is a brilliant opener. Although it propelled the band’s success when it became a U.K. chart hit, it also ignited a wave of AC/DC comparisons that would dog Krokus for the rest of its career. In truth, Metal Rendez-Vous is more diverse than any of the classic AC/DC albums. While the band's Australian counterparts specialized in intensified boogie, Krokus delved into the shuffling chords of “Tokyo Nights” (which could almost pass as an Elton John tune) and the slow-burning mood metal of “Streamer” (which hints at the band’s prog-rock roots).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Thin Lizzy fan ,

FANTASTIC ALBUM !!!

Just buy it and you are not going to have any regrets. TRUST ME !

novemberland1 ,

Cool rock 'n' roll...

Wow! The iTunes review of this record is awfully harsh! Although Krokus were not a seminal or ground-breaking band, "Metal Rendez-vous" is an awfully good hard rock record, especially for the era. Marc Storace is a soulful rock vocalist and the band is quite good as well. "Heatstrokes", while hardly poetry, is all hooks and just plain fun! I liked this when it came out and, to my ears, it still sounds surprisingly good today.

ExodusAttack ,

A Hard Rock Classic!

This reviewer needs to put releases in the proper context...in other words, it's from 1980 bud! The ballad sounds dated? Um, it's 2012!...In all fairness, this album might be for die-hards only, but on the positive, this band still tours and produces solid material...it's not like they "milked it for all it's worth" and faded away after the 80's...Storaces's vox are STILL as good 30 yrs in the biz and counting!....for fans of the Headhunter era, get Hellraiser from late 2000's....OUTSTANDING!

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