10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Krokus produced great songs from throughout a career that started all the way back to 1974, Stayed Awake All Night focuses strictly on the hits from between 1982 and 1986, during which time it was one of the most beloved bands of the '80s metal explosion. Krokus had far-reaching appeal due to the fact that it represented the fundamental '70s metal style of AC/DC as well as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal spearheaded by Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in the '80s. Krokus was also, along with The Scorpions, one of the era's few metal groups that could put a pop twist on its pure metal and not be accused of selling out. Stayed Awake All Night is lined with indestructible classics, especially the indomitable “Headhunter,” “Eat the Rich,” and “Midnite Maniac.” The band's songwriting was top notch, but it was singer Marc Storace who put Krokus over the top. A European with an innate understating of American vulgarity, Storace could spit like a street fighter and vibrate like an opera singer. Storace’s vocals established a middle ground between the brutal delivery of Accept’s Udo Dirkschneider and the operatic attack of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Krokus produced great songs from throughout a career that started all the way back to 1974, Stayed Awake All Night focuses strictly on the hits from between 1982 and 1986, during which time it was one of the most beloved bands of the '80s metal explosion. Krokus had far-reaching appeal due to the fact that it represented the fundamental '70s metal style of AC/DC as well as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal spearheaded by Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in the '80s. Krokus was also, along with The Scorpions, one of the era's few metal groups that could put a pop twist on its pure metal and not be accused of selling out. Stayed Awake All Night is lined with indestructible classics, especially the indomitable “Headhunter,” “Eat the Rich,” and “Midnite Maniac.” The band's songwriting was top notch, but it was singer Marc Storace who put Krokus over the top. A European with an innate understating of American vulgarity, Storace could spit like a street fighter and vibrate like an opera singer. Storace’s vocals established a middle ground between the brutal delivery of Accept’s Udo Dirkschneider and the operatic attack of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson.

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