2006 - Hellraiser
2006 / 2007
Marc Storace - Vocals
Mandy Meyer - Lead Guitar
Dominique Favez - Rhythm Guitar
Tony Castell - Bass
Stefan Schwarzmann - Drums
Starting out strong in the new year, KROKUS introduce German drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ex-Helloween, U.D.O., Accept) to the current line-up as replacement for Patrick Aeby. The soundtrack to the European film "Handy Man" is released, featuring a new KROKUS song called "Hellraiser".
Recording for the follow-up album of "Rock The Block" starts under the watchful eye of American born producer Dennis Ward (bassist with "Pink 69"), recorded at House Of Audio, Winterbach/Germany & Digital Arts Studio, Basel/Switzerland.
The band tours in Germany with supporting act Axxis all of May 2006.
KROKUS' 15th studio album called "Hellraiser" is slated to be released worldwide by new record label AFM Records between middle of September and latter part of October in many countries around the world. It shoots to #2 in the Swiss charts and earns a Gold Record Award on the first day of release. In the USA it ranks #200 in the Billboard charts, the first chart ranking since 1988's "Heart Attack" release.
KROKUS also compose a theme song for the technically leading Online-Middle-Age-Strategy-Game "Knightsdivine". Sweden, becoming a stronghold for KROKUS, invites the band back to "Swedenrock 2006" and fans witness first hand why KROKUS is a force to be reckoned with and in the current line-up the strongest power-rock band since the eighties. The creation of the "Globe Club For Clan And Fan", led by longtime friend Peter Waelti (ex manager of Marc's band TEA), broadens the communication with our fan base and offers regular news updates.
Marc records as guest vocalist for a second time on German Ralf "Doc" Heyne's studio project "Biss" in summer of 2006. The result is the CD titled "X-tension".
Krokus will tour mainly Europe and Marc's original homeland of Malta in the last quarter of 2006 in support of the new album "Hellraiser" and it's single "Angel of my dreams". View interviews with the band members with Malta as backdrop under GLOBE CLUB INTERVIEWS > VIDEOS > 2006 HELLRAISER.
Continuing the long running "Hellraiser Tour", KROKUS play middle of January for the first time a couple of concerts in Greece. Then they embark in the second half of January and February as "Special Guests" of the Swedish band "Hammerfall" on an extensive European tour that will have them rock 31 cities in 16 different countries. For the first time in a long time they return to the United Kingdom as well. March and April they headline concerts mainly in Switzerland. During the summer months KROKUS play several big festivals in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann continues touring despite suffering from a ruptured umbilical hernia.
Rumors start surfacing in July 2007 that Chris Von Rohr, Fernando Von Arb and Freddy Steady plan to perform again and try to find out whether Marc Storace would consider being part of the original formation. Marc declines and the search for a singer starts for the originals.
Meanwhile the current line-up of KROKUS continues touring in support of "Hellraiser" until the end of the year. The 2006/2007 "Hellraiser Tour" proves to be the most extensive European Tour KROKUS ever played in the band's 30+ year history.
Krokus's cover of Sweet's "The Ballroom Blitz" also appears in the 2007 game "Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's".
The Swiss TV show "Die Grössten Schweizer Hits" ("Greatest Swiss Hits Of All Times") runs a six-part series, each broadcasting on Sunday evenings with different topics. On November 18th, 2007 KROKUS performed for the first time in 23 years in the classic line-up (minus Tommy Kiefer RIP), featuring Marc Storace on vocals, Fernando Von Arb on guitar, Chris Von Rohr on bass and Freddy Steady on drums. The medley consists of the songs "Tokyo Nights", "Bedside Radio" and "Heatstrokes", all originally released on KROKUS’s first album featuring “the voice” Marc Storace. That album (“Metal Rendez-Vous”) put KROKUS on the map Internationally. During the Swiss TV Show the musicians, much to their surprise, were presented by BMG (record company) with the “Diamond Record Award” for overall record sales in exess of 1 million in Switzerland during their tenure with the label (mainly in the 80’s). This is an extremely rare award to be handed out. To put this into perspective, the “Diamond Record Award” equals receiving 40 “Gold Record Awards” or 20 “Platinum Record Awards” in comparison. “Bedside Radio”, originally released in November of 1979 as a single in Switzerland, is back in the “Swiss Hitparade Charts” (equivalent to the US “Billboard Charts”). It shot from zero to #58 immediately in it’s first week after the broadcast. Chris Von Rohr is the most successful Swiss Rock personality with more than 50 Gold/Platinum Awards in his career with KROKUS as well as producer of various other bands over his life span. And to top it all off, now the Diamond Award! At this time Marc Storace silences all speculations publicly and on TV that this could be the beginning of a new direction in his career. He insists again that this is a "one time" event and he will continue working with the "Hellraiser" line-up.
February 2nd, 2008 Marc, Mandy, Dominique, Tony and Stefan play the last concert of the "Hellraiser Tour" at the City Square in Nadur on the island of Gozo, a neighboring island to Malta. The following day KROKUS vocalist Marc Storace informs the rest of the band much to their surprise, that this is the end of the road for this formation. He has a change of heart and decides to reunite with the originals of 1982 instead.
Long anticipated and in April 2008 officially confirmed: KROKUS is back in its original formation. Marc Storace, Fernando Von Arb, Mark Kohler, Chris Von Rohr and Freddy Steady are rocking together again. The band’s greatest success Internationally happened in the early 80’s with this line-up. Up to today KROKUS is still the biggest rock export Switzerland ever had.
August 2nd, 2008, the "originals" play the only concert planned for 2008 in their native Switzerland at the "Stade De Suisse" football stadium in Bern. A truly "magical" moment in KROKUS history.
With the exception of playing their specially for the IHHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) penned new song "Live For The Action" in April at the opening game in Bern, a Swiss TV show on August 1st as part of Swiss Independence Day and headlining the "Magic Night Festival" in Zofingen, the originals focus on writing, recording and mixing the new cd in 2009.
The anticipation will be as big as the one for their first concert.
And as we speak, history is in the making...... (to be continued)