Pay It in Metal

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Including its original Painkiller Europe-only artwork, Pay It in Metal had at least three covers, with the Mercury Records "Talking Banana" U.S. version being the one generally associated with this ten-song 1978 release. As the group was taking a distinctly heavier, fuzzier, more "metal" approach, perhaps this re-titling of Painkiller made good business sense as it suggested the crunchier sound of Marc Storace-fronted big-sellers like Metal Rendez-Vous and Headhunter. Instead, Pay It in Metal is distinctly un-metallic, with original vocalist Chris Von Rohr putting his best boogie foot forward on top of Fernando Von Arb's up-beat blues-rock and Southern-fried riffs. The hard-edged good-time rock on Pay It in Metal basically works, but withers when compared to masters of the era like AC/DC -- a group Krokus outwardly mimicked years later. Fans of '70s hard rock, curious about the genre's second-tier artists, would do better purchasing a dozen different April Wine and Triumph offerings before considering Pay It in Metal.