KROKUS Completes Recording New Album

Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS have completed recording their as-yet-untitled new album for an early 2010 release via the band's new deal with the Swiss branch of Sony Music. According to the group's official newsletter, "Producer and founding KROKUS member Chris Von Rohr is feverishly mixing and putting the final touches to the first CD [from the reformed original KROKUS lineup] after an over-20-year hiatus."

KROKUS previously stated that they were "totally committed to writing and producing an album that seamlessly fits into the groove of their work of the early Eighties ('Metal Rendez-Vous', 'Hardware', 'One Vice At A Time', 'Headhunter'). They feel they owe this to their faithful fan base."

KROKUS performed live on August 1, 2009 as part of the Swiss Independence Day celebration, which was broadcast live on Swiss TV from the "Tell Open-Air Stage" in Interlaken. Entitled "Tell And Other Heroes", the program was televised all over Switzerland with simulcast translations in French and Italian.

The group earlier in the year recorded the official song of the Ice Hockey World Championship, which was held between April 24 and May 10, 2009 in Zurich and Bern, Switzerland. Chris Von Rohr and lead guitarist Fernando Von Arb wrote the track, entitled "Live For The Action", and performed it live — along with the rest of the band — in Bern at the opening game of the Ice Hockey World Championship between Switzerland and France. The event was held in a packed stadium and broadcasted via TV to 800 million viewers in over 100 countries.

Partnered with Ariola and Arista, KROKUS became an international success and ran up the charts with their hit albums "Metal Rendez-Vous" (1980), "Hardware" (1981), "One Vice At A Time" (1982), "Headhunter" (1983), "The Blitz" (1984) and "Change Of Address" (1986).

The classic KROKUS lineup reunited for an appearance on November 18, 2007 on a TV show honoring the greatest Swiss songs of all time. The "Die grössten Schweizer Hits" program featured KROKUS performing a medley of the tracks "Tokyo Nights", "Bedside Radio" and "Heatstrokes".

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