For this venerable Swiss outfit, which enters its third decade next year, the song titles that've appeared in recent set lists tell the whole story: It's all about rock ("Rock 'n' Roll Tonight," "Rock City," "Easy Rocker") and fire ("Heatstrokes," "Fire," "Burning Up the Night"). "Screaming in the Night" is Krokus' best-known tune, largely because of a repugnant video combining the filthiest aspects of medieval fiefdom and greasy-spoon diners. The band's 1987 greatest hits collection, Stayed Awake All Night, defamed the group as hideously uncreative, with four covers among its 10 tracks, but recent compilations do justice to its legacy of assertive riffs and big, dumb, likable choruses.
Like many metal dinosaurs, Krokus struggled in the '90s, releasing two forgettable records without Storace. Lead guitarist Fernando Von Arb dominated those efforts, which explains song titles like "Guitar Rules" and "Suck My Guitar." Storace returned to reassert the group's identity on 2003's solid Rock the Block and last year's live album Fire and Gasoline. Von Arb left in March, a split that Krokus' website reveals "was not easy and funny for the band." But even without this founding member, Krokus concerts remain easy ("Easy Rocker") and funny (Storace's ponytail, the group's entire lyrical arsenal).
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