Album Review of ‘Metal Rendezvous’
by Jody Haskins For The Laguna Spectator
For Krokus this was their fourth album and they were desperate to find fame and success. Otherwise they might fade away into heavy metal purgatory.
Krokus delivered a heavy metal body blow with “Metal Rendezvous”. Krokus lead singer Marc Storace combined charisma and good looks with a powerful heavy metal voice. His vocals are eerily similar to AC/DC’s original lead singer Bon Scott. The cover art shows two classic demolition derby cars going head to head. It really doesn’t get more 80s heavy metal than that.
The album drew immediate comparisons to AC/DC. There were obvious similarities in the tone and of the guitars and the vocal style. However, Krokus did a masterful job of mixing in more melody with the AC/DC riffs and Led Zeppelin drums. This a very well produced album as well. It has a very raw live sound.
“Heatstrokes” is one of the best songs on the album. Try giving it a listen while you read my brief review of Krokus “Metal Rendezvous”.
Heatstrokes brings catchy lyrics and an 80s heavy metal melodic chorus with the appropriate amount of hard rock. This track takes off like a rocket ship to the moon. and propels this album forward.
Come On The heavy metal guitars on this track are very reminiscent of Accept. A well crafted song with some really impressive riffs by guitarists Fernando von Arb. This is the highlight of the album and the point where Krokus reach higher levels of intensity and aggression.
Lady Double Dealer: Most noteworthy , Deep Purple Mark III recorded a song entitled Lady Double Dealer for the 1975 Stormbringer album. If you are familiar with the Deep Purple version you know that it blows away this one. Give it a listen. This is the best version of Deep Purple Mark III performing Lady Double Dealer live.
Let’s get back to Krokus.
Streamer: Krokus brings the industrial sized barrel of Cheese with the corny power ballad.
Prior to recording ‘Metal Rendezvous” Krokus toured from 1980 – 1983 molding their unique style and sound. The success and popularity of ‘Metal Rendezvous’ paved the way for Krokus best album ever, ‘Headhunter’.