The Blitz (Krokus album)

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The Blitz
Blitz cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released22 August 1984
StudioLittle Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenreHard rock, glam metal, heavy metal
ProducerBruce Fairbairn
Krokus chronology
The Blitz
Change of Address
Singles from The Blitz
  1. "Midnite Maniac" / "Ready to Rock"
    Released: 1984 (US)
  2. "Ballroom Blitz"
    Released: 1984 (Europe)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal4/10[2]

The Blitz is the eighth studio album by the Swiss hard rock band Krokus, released in August 1984.[3] It became a gold album in the United States.[4] The band hit the Billboard Hot 100 with "Midnite Maniac" from that album and became the first Swiss act to do so. While preparing to record it, the group had tapped Patrick Mahassen to join the band on guitar, with Mark Kohler switching to bass. However, Mahassen would end up leaving the band before recording commenced, and the album was ultimately recorded as a quartet; Andy Tanas played bass on the subsequent tour.[5]

UK-based company Rock Candy Records reissued the album on CD in 2014.

In pop culture[edit]

A cover of Krokus' version of "Ballroom Blitz", originally performed by UK band Sweet, is featured as a playable track on Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Fernando von Arb and Marc Storace, except where noted.

Side one
1."Midnite Maniac" 3:59
2."Out of Control" 4:15
3."Boys Nite Out"Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, Storace, Von Arb3:38
4."Our Love" 4:35
5."Out to Lunch" 4:20
Side two
6."Ballroom Blitz" (Sweet cover)Nicky Chinn, Michael Chapman4:00
7."Rock the Nation" 4:41
8."Hot Stuff" 4:36
9."Ready to Rock" 4:30


Additional musicians



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1984 Gold (+ 500,000)[4]
Canada CRIA 1984 Gold (+ 50,000)[11]


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Krokus The Blitz review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. "The Great Metal Discography." Canongate Books Ltd. Edinburgh, Scotland. 1998. p. 177
  4. ^ a b "American album certifications – Krokus – The Blitz". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  5. ^ Andy Tanas Biography
  6. ^ a b "Krokus Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 41, No. 8, October 27, 1984". Library and Archives Canada. 27 October 1984. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  8. ^ "Album – Krokus, The Blitz". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  9. ^ "Krokus – The Blitz". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  10. ^ "Krokus – The Blitz (Album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  11. ^ "Gold Platinum Database - Artist: Krokus". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-09.