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3.41 | 23 ratings | 2 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dangerous Love (4:31)
2. Since You've Been Gone (5:35)
3. Never Come Back (5:00)
4. Please, Call Me (5:26)
5. Loneliness (20:01)
Bonus track:
6. Y.T.T. (5:57)

Total Time: 46:30

Line-up / Musicians

- Karin Toppig / vocals
- Harry Kottek / drums
- Manni Dick / guitar
- Axel Maurer / keyboards
- Bernd Kolf / bass

Releases information

Not On Label - Vinyl, LP

Garden Of Delights ‎- CD 022 CD

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ARKTIS On The Rocks ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)

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Review by Modrigue
4 stars Enchanting 70s' heavy metal from Germany. "On the Rocks" was recorded in 1976. Although featuring simple melodies and not straight progressive metal with complex arrangements, such as, say, RUSH, ARKTIS' style is interesting for two reasons.

The first reason is that their powerful guitar playing sounds IRON MAIDEN-esque for a mid 70's band and catches the attention at once. The second reason is that the voice of Karin is both very powerful, enchanting and sounds androgynous, which give the tracks a feel of fairy-tales. The highlight here is "Loneliness", a beautiful powerful epic lasting 20 minutes. The tune is both heavy blues and melancholic passages in the vein of PINK FLOYD. The doomy bonus track Y.T.T is reminiscent of BLACK SABBATH and really rocks!

ARKTIS' "On the Rocks" is an album which with you can easily imagine knights fighting on the landscape drawn on the cover while listening to the music. It's a pity this band only made a few albums. Very enjoyable and accessible record. For all heavy and progressive metal lovers!

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars This was ARKTIS' third attempt at a self-released album in order to get a record deal. Unfortunately the third time wasn't the charm. Actually after the last album two important members being the lead guitarist and bass player left the band feeling disillusioned with everything.The female singer and drummer decided to keep the band going and recruited not only a new guitarist and bass player but a keyboardist.They decided to make this album similar to the debut with shorter songs on side one of the LP and a side long suite on side two. As usual Conny Plank gave some assistance in the studio. After this was released they were actually working on album number four but when the news came out that this was their worst selling album to date they folded up the tent and called it a day. I feel that this is the worst of the first three albums. Funny thing though is that the bonus tracks on each of the first three albums are in most cases better than one they decided to release on the actual albums. And this is proved by the following release called "More Arktis Tapes" which is a compilation of songs they didn't use on their albums. It's their best release by far !

"Dangerous Love" is an uptempo track with vocals. A guitar solo comes in after 2 minutes and again late to end it. "Since You've Been Gone" is another uptempo track with vocals similar to the first one really.The organ floats in the background again. Nice guitar solo 3 minutes in.

"Never Come Back" is where they slow it down with vocals and soaring guitar. Not a fan of this one at all. Way too long. "Please, Call Me" is uptempo like the first two with vocals.The guitar cries out to end it. Not a fan of this one either.

"Loneliness" is the side long 20 minute suite.The weird thing about this one is that it reminds me of THE CHURCH with those reserved vocals and that repetitive melancholic sound. I like the bonus song better than the album tracks.

I would have sworn with this album and the previous one that it was a guy singing. She doesn't sound at all like she did on the debut but she's the only one listed as the singer so...I guess she decided to sing in a deeper more reserved manner which was too bad really. A low 3 stars.

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