Kranken Welpen is a heavy metal polka band (yes, heavy metal polka), residing in Southern California, writing original music and outfitted in black leather lederhosen in addition to top hats and laced up leather costumes.
Their music is original, this is a real, hard, edgy heavy metal band influenced by their ethnic roots. Using accordions onstage, being theatrical and comical at times, but make no mistake, this isn't a cover or tribute band. Kranken Welpen is Kranken Welpen.
The band's founders are the German and Hungarian couple "Professor Slaughter" (bass, growling vocals, accordion) and Karpathia "Chaos" (vocals, guitar, misc. instruments). Featuring the lead guitar artistry of "Auf Trinken", the versatility of "Willy Weisen" on rhythm, bass, and sampler, and the powerful thundering of Lamar "Thunderstix" Little on drums.
The band has a very serious but occasionally lyrically comical flavor, as communicated in the title track "Vengeance Und Vanity", which mixes humor with hellfire in their signature style. They are also known for live polka metal renditions of old Doctor Demento songs such as "Der Fuehrer's Face" and "The Punk Polka", and are currently recording their new single for their rendition of Brahms "Hungarian Dance no. 5" which will feature a 3 time world champion accordion player on the track.
In addition to Rocktoberfests, Kranken Welpen has opened for Great White, headlined the Fender center, and were the featured band at Stone Brewery's 2013 anniversary show. They are also the only band in the 43 years of Big Bear's official Oktoberfest, the number 1 Oktoberfest in Southern California, to be shut down for a mosh pit breaking out. Well done, eh?
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To purchase directly from or to join the Kranken Welpen Regime, contact: Krankenwelpen@aol.com