KRUGER is one of the oldest heavy metal bands on Russian metal scene. In 2009 they celebrated the XX years anniversary. Formed in 1989, they have the proper army of true fans – Steel Brotherhood, they are very respected among bikers’ audience and they are very famous among Russian metalheads for their incredible live performances including fire show, special effects and various technical features like the “motodrums” or the “guitar-dragon”. The band itself classifies its original style as Diesel Rock, which they invented basing on classical heavy metal and thrash metal. One of the most interesting features in their music is a combination of male (Hammer) and female (Jina) vocals. The mastermind of the band Hammer is also famous among the audience as a writer, philosopher and a social figure.
Formed in the middle of 1989 by the guitarist and the vocalist Alexander Hammer, initially the band played death metal being one of the first representatives of this style in Soviet Union and Russia. Since the very beginning, live performances of the band attracted the fans by the outstanding fire show, special effects, metal costumes, decorations and various technical devices. And it’s still remains one of the trademarks of KRUGER. At that time the band actively played at the main rock festivals like MONSTERS OF ROCK OF USSR sharing the stage with such legends as ARIA, KRUIZ, BLACK COFFEE, SHAKH, BLACK OBELISK among others.
In 1993 KRUGER reached the first place in the national Polish radio with the LP “Rozhdenny Mrakom”. In the first period of its history the band released two albums “Rozhdenny Mrakom” and “Embrion Satany” on vinyl and recorded the material for two more albums but didn’t finish them. KRUGER was stopped for a few years (1994 - 1997). In 1997 Hammer formed a new line-up. In 1998 KRUGER recorded the disc «Deti Vrazhdy” in the following line-up: Hammer – guitars, Jina Rock’n’roll – vocals, Bulldozer – bass and Diesel – drums. After releasing of two more albums, Bulldozer left the band and the band remained as a trio (Jina also plays bass). The band continues recording new albums, re-releasing the old cult stuff and playing its incredible shows.