Formed in Solothurn, Switzerland, Krokus appeared in 1974 playing symphonic rock similar to Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake And Palmer. After four years and two rather lacklustre albums, they switched to a hard rock style and dropped the frills in favour of a back-to-basics approach in the mode of AC/DC. The most stable early line-up of the band featured Chris Von Rohr (vocals), Fernando Von Arb (guitar), Jörg Nägeli (bass), Tommy Kiefer (guitar) and Freddy Steady (drums). The songs were formulaic numbers based on simple riffs and predictable choruses that were chanted repeatedly. With Von Rohrs voice lacking the necessary vocal range, he stepped down to become the bass player in favour of new arrival Maltezer Marc (Marc Storace, 7 October 1951, Sliema, Malta; ex-Tea). Nägeli occasionally played keyboards and subsequently took over the technical side of the band. Metal Rendez-vous was the turning point in the bands career;...
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