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Post by The ripper on Wed 27 Sep - 14:48

After the disastrous "Change of Address", Krokus had to think about how to revitalize the group.
Finally, don´t wear ridiculous multi-coloured clothes any longer.
The most important change related the sound.
Now only a small detail is still missing: some new compositions that hit the mark.

The band obviously wanted to be part of the hard rock scene again and did not make advances to the glam
or hair metal circus any longer.
Therefore, the guitars dominated the production while keyboards did not play an important role again.
But of course, the banishment of keyboards is fine, but not enough to perform satisfying rock songs.
Fortunately, there were some pieces which could be entered on the credit side of the group´s account.
The dynamic "Wild Love", for example, was particularly successful.
The musical focus was laid on "Wild" while avoiding every aspects of "Love".
The song naturally did not provide the harshest riffs of all times, but the guitars rocked hard and there were absolutely
no sweet melodies to find.
"Let it Go" took the same line.
One could nearly say that the song was crowned by an exploding chorus while the verses and the bridge
were pleasing to the ear, too.
And up to now, the fast "Shoot Down the Night" presents one of the few party songs that make my head bang.
It distinguished itself by the driving guitar work during the verses and a strong performed solo.

The songs created a solid hard rock mood and I will not hide from you that they were very varied.
Just compare the epic "Speed Up" or the up-tempo-number "Axx Attack" with the lame "Bad, Bad Girl"
which should had been called "Bad, Bad Song".
The riffing was in general heavy, the drums were handled in a powerful manner and the lyrics were mostly less ordinary
than those of the predecessor.
Well, "flyin´ high like a rock´n roll spaceship" was no great literary work, but the lyrics did not annoy you at the final count.
Against this background, it was all the more unfortunate that the opener of "Heart Attack" sounded almost like an alternative
version of Def Leppard´s "Rock Rock (Till You Drop)".
I understood that they did not want to be blamed again for copying AC/DC, but did it have to be Def Leppard?
Especially the riffs seemed to be Leppardized. Nevertheless, as I mentioned before, overall,
Krokus proved their skills as musicians and songwriters.    

Do not let the horrible cover put you off.
Despite this miserable low-budget image, the patient Krokus was on the way to recovery.
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