Krokus spawned a few remarkable records in their early days. Names like Pay It In Metal, Hardware, Metal Rendez-Vous (with which yours truly felt the vampire pull of this band) come to mind. And sweaty, rocky concerts in “the pit” come back to memory. But nothing mentioned before really blew the true Heavy Metal record Headhunter of 1983 out of the water, their 7th studio album. Not equaled then and not ever since.
And a word to the album cover: The metal skull and bones together with the name Headhunter is just superb. A fitting visual to a very metal album. The disc also features its very own epic spicy stories: For instance, Chris Von Rohr got himself fired from Krokus later in 1983. Or it was his loose mouth and some Machiavellian machinations from management that led to his demise at that time. But nothing is forever and Chris is now – in 2015 – firmly ensconced back in the old, new formation, moins Fernando Von Arb. Headhunter hit Platinum status in the US and got to 28 in the Billboard 200. [...]