KROKUS – “ALIVE AND SCREAMIN’” IS A HEAVY METAL FIND ON VINYL!


KROKUS – Alive and Screamin’, on vinyl and in mint condition, with it’s original album plastic still covering it… there it was, on one of my recent Heavy Metal hunting expeditions, sitting in an antique mall screamin’ for me to buy it. Five bucks I shelled out to bring this vintage, Old School Heavy Metal album home with me. Five bucks. This great Krokus album was opened by someone in the past, still, the vinyl and original inner sleeve itself is mint! Plus, as a Metal bonus, it plays just fine! I deliberately went to visit this antique mall for a find … a Metal find that is. It’s not as if there are truck loads of vintage or current Heavy Metal albums and memorabilia at this antique mall, not in the least. I really have to scour the goods, peruse the aisles and sniff out the Heavy Metal from where it is hiding. It’s good times for me, searching for Heavy Metal albums or anything Hard Rock/Heavy Metal related at these kind of places. I’m a nostalgic Metalhead, always was, always will be. Finding and collecting the Heavy Metal vinyl I once owned or never owned is a natural Metal high for me, especially when I land them mint and cheap! As long as I have a turntable or two to play these albums on, the Metal enjoyment shall carry on long after the purchase.

Alive and Screamin’ marked the first live album released by Krokus. Overall, this live album has fantastic sound quality, a very well produced live album. This live Krokus album proves for me, to be an Old School and heavy warm-up to the new upcoming Krokus albumHoodoo, that is set for a February 26, 2010 release! What a heavy duty way for Alive and Screamin’ to start off, kicking into Heavy Metal gears with¬†Long Stick Goes Boom, Krokus sets the tone for the remainder of this live album, they made the statement a long time ago… that they came to kick some Heavy Metal ass.

Stayed Awake All Night and Eat The Rich sound unreal great, with all of the heavy and live elements happening, it’s psyche you-out city! Metal truth be told, I really had a blast revisiting Alive and Screamin’… I actually spun this album on the turntable four times in a row! No skips or crackles… just a real mint album I found here. I actually wonder if this album was ever played in the past at all. I’m playing this album on a regular basis, loud too!

Headhunter is certainly the heaviest Krokus song on Alive and Screamin’, an all-time favorite Krokus song of mine too. Another Metal truth be told is: I actually like the live version of Midnite Maniac better than the studio version. Often times it happens this way for my Metal ears.

Screaming In The Night proves to be a quintessential Heavy Metal ballad, of historical Krokus importance. To this very day, I cannot get enough of Screaming In The Night, this song just seems to flow in it’s heavy uniqueness. Marc Storace on vocals sounds terrific on each song, the same can be said for each member of Krokus on Alive and Screamin’. Fernando Von Arb and Marc Kohler on guitars just ¬†seem to ignite these classic Krokus songs.

Krokus, as they appeared on Alive and Screamin’:

Marc Storace - lead vocals

Fernando Von Arb – lead guitar

Mark Kohler - rhythm guitar

Tommy Keiser – bass guitar

Jeff Klaven – drums

* Alive and Screamin’ was recorded live in the following cities: Amarillo, Texas, Cincinnati Ohio, Baltimore Maryland, Poughkeepsie, New York and Toronto, Canada. (Source: liner notes on the inside album sleeve).

Track listing for Alive and Screamin’:

(Note: Krokus studio album from where song originated in parentheses)

Long Stick Goes Boom - (One Vice At A Time)

Eat The Rich - (Headhunter)

Screaming In The Night - (Headhunter)

Hot Shot City - (Change Of Address)

Midnite Maniac - (The Blitz)

Bedside Radio - (Metal Rendez-vous)

Lay Me Down - (Alive and Screamin’)

Stayed Awake All Night - (Headhunter)

Headhunter - (Headhunter)

* Lay Me Down was the first time this song appeared on a Krokus album.

* Alive and Screamin’ was released in October of 1986, on Arista Records.

* The front cover of Alive and Screamin’ was created by world renowned illustrator – Les Edwards.

* I really, really, really, dig the front cover album artwork of Les Edwards – that is one evil looking vampire. If it’s not a vampire, then it is one vile and evil looking dude that I would not want to encounter in a dark alley. Metal be damned, this evil face sincerely reminds me of my old High School chemistry teacher as well. I wouldn’t want to encounter a vampire or my old H.S. chemistry teacher in a dark alley either.

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5 Responses to “KROKUS – “ALIVE AND SCREAMIN’” IS A HEAVY METAL FIND ON VINYL!”

  1. In the last metal band I was in (8 years ago) we played Midnight Maniac and Screaming In The Night.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Did your Metal band make any tempo changes to “Screaming In The Night”?

      “Midnite Maniac” has to be THE one song that really reminds me of the mid-late ’80′s, I don’t know what it is, it’s just a strong feeling that I get. Revisiting and living in the ’80′s through music is just alright by me… just as long as I don’t get a Flock of Seagulls hairdo.

  2. we probably sped up screaming in the night a little, but tried to keep it as true as possible.

  3. I’m an old school Krokus fan also……I got into them in ’83 with HEADHUNTER and been a fan ever since. This live album was one of the staples in my Metal collection for years because I played the thing to death during high school! back in the mid-late 80s we were all Hard Rock/Metal fans but I was the only person I knew that was a Krokus fan so I played it for all my friends to get them into the band.

    I still give it a spin from time to time but the excitement doesn’t build like it used to back then. I think ‘Bedside Radio’ sounds great on this album and ‘Lay Me Down’ is an excellent song but its never gotten an official studio release, just the live version.

    I reviewed the album a couple years ago –
    http://heavymetaladdiction.com/2008/10/01/krokus-alive-screamin-1986/

    Steve
    Heavy Metal Addiction
    http://heavymetaladdiction.com/

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Thanks for the post link to your review Steve. As my Metal mind reflects back… I remember buying “Headhunter” at a Caldor Department Store… it was on an “endcap display”. I brought it to school the next day because I had an algebra teacher who let us play records the second half of class. That was one cool algebra teacher.

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