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|To Rock or Not to Be|
|Studio album by|
|Released||29 April 1995|
|Studio||Pink Tonstudio, Zuchwil, Switzerland|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Producer||Fernando von Arb, Many Maurer|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||8/10|
To Rock or Not to Be is the twelfth studio album by the Swiss hard rock band Krokus, released in 1995. The album stayed seven weeks in the top ten of the Swiss charts, peaking at number 5.
The album briefly reunited 4/5th of the One Vice at a Time line-up, with only bassist Chris von Rohr missing who was working as a producer and songwriter for Swiss act Gotthard at the time.
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