Monday, July 9, 2007

Krank - Hideous (1986)

Not much is known about this theatrical New Jersey based metal band, except that they flourished in the tri-state area for a number of years between 1983 and 1987. Adopting a garish look akin to Alice Cooper and Kiss, the band became a mainstay on the club circuit until Brian Slagel signed the band to Metal Blade Records in 1986. Their debut, "Hideous" was released later in the year and the band set out on a year long trek across the country in support of the album. When the tour concluded in Los Angeles, the band split over creative differences. That was essentially the last anyone heard from Krank until a brief revival in 1995, which was also short lived. Finally in 2003, the band regrouped and released their 2nd album, "Ugly Gift". A few years of regional touring followed and again, the band has seemingly vanished.

Though they are nothing extraordinary, there are a number of tracks (some of which appeared first on several Metal Blade samplers) that are worthy of praise. "Rented Heat" is unquestionably the standout here, and there are a handful of other similarly cool tracks. I recommend checking out this blip on the radar for a taste of obscure 80's metal.


Anonymous said...

Do you know where can I download the second album (Ugly gif)?

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

This band needs to get a webpage or something. I can't find one. Saw them at the Sterling Hotel in Allentown. They were sick!

Anonymous said...

Hey if you want to find Krank online here is their myspace: