Released on March 25, 1988 (MCA Records)
Krokus named their 1988 release Heart Attack and it was an appropriately named album if there ever was one. It’s basically Krokus flatlining once and for all after a promising start career wise in the early 1980s. By the end of the ’80s, Krokus and more importantly their creative gas tank was on empty….
The dry up started back in 1986 with the Change Of Address album where Krokus got all glammed up and put out a stinker of an album. I bought it and was fooled by the zany Swiss fellows. Krokus in the picture below would have had their asses handed to them if they were involved in a street brawl against the Village People! Swiss Cheese….
After the Change Of Address fiasco, I stayed the course and bought the awful live album Alive And Screaming. The awful part was the recording of it. I think I only listened to it a few times as the sound was atrocious. The cover was goofy…. see the picture below…
See what I mean… Gah! Show a live action shot for God‘s sake! Crap cover = crap album… Yet still….
1988 and Krokus ditch the glam look and went for a street look and a back to basics kinda vibe while trying to release a rock n’ raw album. Like a true music fan boy, I bought Heart Attack in the summer of ’88 on CD….
The verdict…. Not good! It’s surprising that outside the drummer, this is the classic line-up that demolished my senses with the Headhunter release from 1983. Von Rohr split before The Blitz album from ’84 and returned here to salvage a sinking ship but it was too late….
Code Blue… The songs…. The only song I recall even somewhat liking in 1988 was “Let It Go.” The production handled by Von Rohr and Von Arb is decent enough but that isn’t gonna salvage the tunes…
01. Everybody Rocks
02. Wild Love
03. Let It Go
04. Winning Man
05. Axx Attack
06. Rock ‘N’ Roll Tonight
07. Flyin’ High
08.Shoot Down the Night
09. Bad, Bad Girl
10. Speed Up
Marc Storace – vocals
Fernando Von Arb – lead and rhythm guitar, piano
Mark Kohler – rhythm and lead guitar
Chris Von Rohr – bass, piano, percussion
Dani Crivelli – drums
Produced by Fernando Von Arb and Chris Von Rohr
Engineered by Jürg Naegeli
Mixed by Michael Wagener
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen
Reviewed by Deke for Sleaze Roxx, March 2018
Krokus‘ “Let It Go” video: