Krokus were a heavy-metal outfit from Switzerland in the mid-1970's. They started to gain international fame with the addition of vocalist Marc Storace in 1980. Their early 80's releases had a distinct AC/DC sound to them. They finally found their niche with "Headhunter" then totally blew it with their next release "The Blitz." Fortunately, they moved away from the American pop metal sound and by 1987 began to sound like the band that released such classics as "Hardware", "One Vice At A Time" and "Headhunter".

Pay It In Metal Krokus - Pay It In Metal (Phonograpm) 1978

1. "Killer" (3:57)
2. "Werewolf" (3:21)
3. "Rock Ladies" (3:01)
4. "Bad love" (4:33)
5. "Get Out Of My Mind" (3:40)
6 . "Rock Me, Rock You" (3:20)
7. "Deadline" (1:59)
8. "Susie" (3:01)
9. "Pay It" (3:07)
10. "Bye Bye Baby" (4:35)

Pre-Marc Storace Krokus was a very different animal from the band that would gain popularity with AC/DC inspired, heavy metal albums such as "One Vice At a Time" and "Headhunter". The line-up for this album was Fernando Von Arb - guitars, Jürg Naegeli - bass, Freddy Steady - drums, Chris Von Rohr - vocals/keyboards and Tommy Kiefer - guitars. "Pay it in Metal" was originally released in Europe only under the title "Painkiller" but was later reissued and retitled for release outside of Europe once Krokus had gained some worldwide notoriety. The album featured different covers for different regions. In all, five different covers were released, all containing exactly the same songs. "Pay It In Metal" was to be the end of an era for Krokus. It represented the last album for founding member Chris Von Rohr as vocalist, who would take over the bass position in the band. It also represents the last Krokus album to feature that 70's bluesy rock and roll sound.

Metal Redez-Vous Krokus - Metal Rendez-Vous (Arista) 1980

1. "Heatstrokes" (4:00)
2. "Bedside Radio" (3:22)
3. "Come On" (4:29)
4. "Streamer" (6:44)
5. "Shy Kid" (2:33)
6. "Tokyo Nights" (5:54)
7. "Lady Double Dealer" (3:13)
8. "Fire" (6:07)
9. "No Way" (4:02)
10. "Back-Seat Rock & Roll" (3:15)

Krokus' Metal Rendez-Vous is a very enjoyable metal album with a ton of AC/DC-style boogie and plenty of guitar wankery. For the most part the music contained on this disc sticks close to that formula, however the band does branch out and experiment a bit as well. "Tokyo Nights" for example, offers a reggae beat in the middle of the song. While this sounds like a bad thing, it actually works qite well. The power ballad "Streamer" is also an interesting track in that it predates most of the "power-ballads" that would soon become an MTV stapple for a decade. Overall, as I stated earlier, an enjoyable disc, however, I think the band would improve with subsequent releases.

Hardware Krokus - Hardware (Ariola) 1981

1. "Celebration" (3:23)
2. "Easy Rocker" (5:28)
3. "Smelly Nelly" (3:42)
4. "Mr. 69" (3:02)
5. "She's Got Everything" (3:58)
6. "Burning Bones" (3:37)
7. "Rock City" (4:47)
8. "Winning Man" (5:34)
9. "Mad Rocket" (4:02)

Krokus are not the most technical band, or the most innovative, but that was never really the point either. Somehow over the years, in order to escape the clichés associated with heavy metal, bands have gotten away from good time heavy metal. Early Krokus, fortunately is just fun. There are some really good tracks on this disc, including "Burning Bones", "Celebration" and "Mad Rocket". "Winning Man" is also an interesting power ballad in that it is very similar to one of Krokus' biggest hits, "Screaming in the Night" that came out several years later. Unfortunately, Krokus goes a bit beyond good time rock 'n roll and incorporates the most ridiculous of sexual innuendos at times. "Smelly Nelly" and "Mr. 69" should be good indication of what I mean. This is one trend in metal I am glad to see go away. A bit of nostalgia helps out a bit here. I can't help but relive my teen years hearing discs like this. Oh for the days of headbanging, bandanas, denim and leather...

One Vice At A Time Krokus - One Vice at a Time (Arista) 1982

1. "Long Stick Goes Boom" (5:12)
2. "Bad Boys, Rag Dolls" (3:48)
3. "Playin' the Outlaw" (3:59)
4. "To the Top" (4:21)
5. "Down the Drain" (3:15)
6. "American Woman" (3:37)
7. "I'm on the Run" (3:43)
8. "Save Me" (4:27)
9. "Rock'n'Roll" (4:07)

OK, I know, this is the band that everyone makes fun of. I know they were considered a poor man's AC/DC and that they were not the most original or the most technical musicians, but SO WHAT! What matters is that the music is infectious, heavy, and well, I like it. That's what matters! Tracks like like "Save Me" "To the Top" and "Long Stick Goes Boom" may not be groundbreaking, but they will still get yer head to bangin'. Isn't that what heavy metal was all about in the 80's? Crunchy riffs, sing along choruses, and plenty of headbanging! I even like the Guess Who cover, "American Woman". Rock on!

Headhunter Krokus - Headhunter (Arista) 1983

1."Headhunter" (4:28)
2."Eat the Rich" (4:13)
3."Screaming in the Night" (6:44)
4."Ready to Burn" (3:54)
5."Night Wolf" (4:10)
6."Stayed Awake All Night" (4:41)
7."Stand and be Counted" (4:07)
8."White Din" [instrumental] (1:50)
9."Russian Winter" (3:31)

"Headhunter" is actually Krokus' seventh or eighth release and is without a doubt Krokus' crowning achievement. This album smokes from beginning to end. "Headhunter" features cool heavy metal rockers like "Eat the Rich", "Russian Winter," a killer B.T.O. cover in "Stayed Awake All Night" and the heavy power ballad "Screaming in the Night". Everything about this disc just works, from the crunchy guitar tones to the simple, catchy song writing to Marc Storace's raspy, Bon Scott influenced vocals. Rob Halford (Judas Priest/Fight) sang background vocals on this album and you can really pick out his voice when he does. "Headhunter" is not "think man's metal". Rather, this is an album to sing along and jam to while riding down the road. No thought really involved. It's just about good times and rock and roll. "Headhunter" is one of the defining heavy metal albums of the early 1980's. Unfortunately Krokus tasted commercial success with "Screaming in the Night" so they tried to become more commercial with each new release, and as a result sucked!

I've read reviews that make claim that Krokus were nothing more than a cheap AC/DC clone here. That may be a bit more true on "One Vice At A Time" than on "Headhunter". Many bands were inspired by AC/DC in the 80's. Krokus most certainly wore their influences on their sleeve, however, besides AC/DC there are influences from Judas Priest, Ted Nugent and Blue Oyster Cult here as well, not unlike early Def Leppard or even Saxon. I don't think it was the band's intention to sound like AC/DC, nor do I really think that "Headhunter" comes off as an AC/DC clone.

Krokus - The Blitz (Spitfire) 1984

1."Midnite Maniac" (3:59)
2."Out of Control" (4:15)
3."Boys Nite Out" (3:38)
4."Our Love (Will Never Die)" (4:35)
5."Out to Lunch" (4:20)
6."Ballroom Blitz" (4:00)
7."Rock the Nation" (4:41)
8."Hot Stuff" (4:36)
9."Ready to Rock" (4:30)

Not a terrible album, but certainly the start of their downard spiral and nowhere near what 'Headhunter' or 'One Vice at a Time' were. There are still some cool rockers on this disc, including the somewhat commercial "Midnight Maniac", which gained them some heavy radio and MTV play. The power ballad "Our Love" also recieved some radio play, as did their cover of Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz." Found this disc still sealed for only $3.99.

Change of Address Krokus - Change of Address (Arista) 1986

1. "Now (All Through the Night)" (4:22)
2. "Hot Shot City" (3:48)
3. "School's Out" (3:16)
4. "Let This Love Begin" (5:01)
5. "Burning Up the Night " (3:44)
6. "Say Goodbye" (5:18)
7. "World On Fire" (6:11)
8. "Hard Luck Hero" (4:13)
9. "Long Way From Home" (5:06)

After the commercial success of the phenomenal "Headhunter", thanks in part to the hit "Screams in the Night", Krokus went for a more commercial direction with the follow-up "The Blitz". However, despite the direction that album took, Krokus still rocked. With "Change of Address" Krokus are so watered down that this album just comes off as generic, 1980's, pop rock, MTV fodder. Bland, passionless, devoid of life whatsoever, "Change of Address" is an album that sounds forced and is obviously influenced by a clueless record company desperate to sell more albums. "Burning Up the Night " is a decent sounding song, although watered down by the recording. The Alice Cooper cover ("School's Out") is decent as well, but once again sounds a bit wimpy. Weak production, synth sounds, weak guitar tones, lifeless drums. Even Marc Storace's mighty Bon Scott influenced vocals seem toned down here. It's hard to believe this is the same mighty metal machine that gave us such great rock albums as "Hardware" and "One Vice At A Time". Had "Heart Attack" been the follow-up to "The Blitz" I can only imagine that Krokus' career might have skyrocketed. As it stands, Krokus became a joke in the scene and that is just a shame.

Live & Scramin' Krokus - Live & Screamin' (Spitfire) 1986

1. "Long Stick Goes Boom (5:33)
2. "Eat the Rich" (4:57)
3. "Screaming in the Night" (6:02)
4. "Hot Shot City" (3:54)
5. "Midnite Maniac" (4:09)
6. "Bedside Radio" (3:22)
7. "Lay Me Down" (4:46)
8. "Stayed Awake All Night" (3:30)
9. "Headhunter" (5:46)

Short live album that chronicles some of the band's finer metal numbers. Would have liked to have had more early material included and less of the pop stuff. The songs are tight enough, but not much different from the studio versions, save for a slightly dirtier production. Almost like a live greatest hits collection. I believe that "Lay Me Down" is a non-album track. This album was released a short six months after the band's "Change of Address" flopped and quickly went out of print. Spitfire re-mastered and re-released the disc over a decade later but apparently is again out of print.

Heart Attack Krokus - Heart Attack (MCA) 1987/88

1. "Everybody Rocks" (3:48)
2. "Wild Love" (3:58)
3. "Let It Go" (4:29)
4. "Winning Man" (5:17)
5. "Axx Attack" (4:26)
6. "Rock and Tonight" (3:56)
7. "Flyin' High" (4:11)
8. "Shoot Down the Night" (4:34)
9. "Bad, Bad Girl" (5:50)
10. "Speed Up" (6:26)

I found this disc for $4 and since I knew it was out of print, I decided to pick it up. After all, how bad could it be? Surprisingly, it's actually better than I expected. The band has moved away from the total pop metal sound that they were sinking into and returned to the heavy metal of "One Vice" and "Headhunter." One thing though, the first two tracks are such blatant rip-offs, I am surprised they didn't give the songwriting credits for "Everybody Rocks" to Def Leppard and "Wild Love" to Judas Priest. When "Wild Love" started off I was waiting for those opening guitar chords from Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Coming." The riffing is really that similar. Perhaps the credits could have read "written by Judas Priest, rearranged by Krokus." Well, I suppose if Kingdom Come can get away with it, why not Krokus. Fortunately the whole album isn't like this and the beefy, heavy 80's production gives the album a life that the band lost on overpolished discs like "The Blitz" and "Change of Address." A few cuts like "Speed Up," "Axx Attack" and "Flyin' High" are worthy metalbangers and really could have shared disc space with anything off of "Headhunter." Even the bluesy power ballad "Bad, Bad Girl" is a decent track. I am pleasantly surprised by this disc. It was a return to form for Krokus, but unfortunately by the time of this release the band had already lost it's following despite the fact that metal was still on a high in '88.

Stampede Krokus - Stampede/To Rock or Not Be (Angel Air) 1991/1995

Stampede (1991)
1.  Stampede  (4:40)
2.  Electric Man  (5:23)
3.  Rock 'N Roll Gypsy  (4:34) 
4.  Shotgun Boogie  (5:24) 
5.  Nova-Zano  (6:28) 
6.  Street Love  (4:32) 
7.  Good Times  (4:43 
8.  She Drives Me Crazy (5:15)
9.  In The Heat Of The Night  (7:02)
10.  Rhythm Of Love  (5:23) 
11.  Wasteland  (7:08)
12. You Ain't Seen Nothing (3:54)
To Rock or Not Be (1995)
1. Lion Hear" (5:14)
2. Flying Through the Night (3:55)
3. To Rock or Not to Be (3:23)
4. In the Dead of Night (5:06)
5. Natural Blonde" (5:12)
6. Doggy Style" (4:02)
7. Talking Like a Shotgun" (4:05)
8. Soul to Soul" (4:54)
9. Stop the World" (5:13)
10. You Ain't Got the Guts to Do It" (3:04)
11. Wagon Gone" (5:01)
12. Stormy Nights" (5:11)
13. You Ain't Seen Nothing/Chesslete

"Stampede" is one of the lost Krokus albums, yet it is deserving of high honor in their catalog. It's ball-to-the-wall heavy metal with that same AC/DC vibe that was present on the classics like "One Vice At a Time" and "Headhunter". As a matter of fact, some songs here could easily have been on those albums, such as the full throttle title track, which has similarities to the song "Headhunter". "Shotgun Boogie" has that same, upbeat metal vibe. "In The Heat Of The Night" is a melodic ballad that could stand tall next to "Screaming in the Night". Others such as "Rock 'n Roll Gypsy" and "Rhythm of Love" have more of that mid-paced metal vibe and are chock full of fun rock and roll clichés. However, what sets this album apart in most fans minds is that the album features Peter Tanner on vocals instead of Marc Storace. Tanner has a cool, raspy, rock and roll voice that emulates both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson at times. Another oddity is that guitarist Fernando Von Arb switches over to bass on this album, though I am unsure if he didn't actually play some axe on the album itself. The album finishes off with a bonus track which is a fun cover of BTO's "You Ain't Seen Nothing". Overall, "Stampede" is just a fun, classic, heavy metal record; good production, lots of melody, fun songs, great vibe and plenty of rock and roll hooks, cheesy as they may be.

"To Rock or Not Be" is the first Krokus recording in several years to feature Krokus members Marc Storace (on vocals) and guitarist/songwriter Fernando Van Arb, who together led the group to the top of the '80s metal heap during the "Headhunter" period. Krokus take a retro approach on "To Rock" and resurrect the AC/DC metal vibe of their most popular 80's releases. That classic vibe makes the album quite enjoyable as it's what most fans want to hear from Krokus, this fan included. Had "To Rock..." been the follow-up to "Headhunter" I imagine the band would have held onto their core fans, rather than losing them to pop song and over commercialism. Regardless, tracks like "Flying Through the Night" are absolutely infectious, with Storace's Bon Scott howl. As with those early albums, there is some silly lyrics. ("Doggy Style" ought to give you a clue.) However, I can't see any fan of this band's classic albums not enjoying this CD as well.

To Rock Or Not To Be Krokus - To Rock or Not to Be (CAU) 1995

1. "Lion Heart" (5:14)
2. "Flying Through the Night" (3:55)
3. "To Rock or Not to Be" (3:23)
4. "In the Dead of Night" (5:06)
5. "Natural Blonde" (5:12)
6. "Doggy Style" (4:02)
7. "Talking Like a Shotgun" (4:05)
8. "Soul to Soul" (4:54)
9. "Stop the World" (5:13)
10. "You Ain't Got the Guts to Do It" (3:04)
11. "Wagon Gone" (5:01)
12. "Stormy Nights" (5:11)

The first recording in years to feature Krokus members Marc Storace (on vocals) and guitarist/songwriter Fernando Van Arb, who together led the group to the top of the '80s metal heap during the "Headhunter" period. Krokus take a retro approach on "To Rock" and resurrect the AC/DC metal vibe of their most popular 80's releases. Oddly enough, this CD is actually quite good. Had it been the follow-up to "Headhunter" I imagine the band would have held onto their core fans, rather than losing them to commercialism. Regardless, tracks like "Flying Through the Night" are absolutely infectious, with Storace's Bon Scott howl. As with those early albums, there is some silly lyrics. ("Doggy Style" ought to give you a clue.) However, I can't see any fan of this band's classic albums not enjoying this CD as well.

Round 13 Krokus - Round 13 (Angel Air Records) 1999

1. Heya (4:16)
2. Money Back (4:32)
3. Break Free (3:52)
4. Guitar Rules (2:58)
5. Blood Comes Easy (4:51)
6. Suck My Guitar (3:56)
7. Gypsy Love (4:45)
8. Whitchhunt (3:59)
9. Backstabber (4:17)
10. Wild Times (3:17)

"Round 13" is sort of the forgotten Krokus album due to the fact that Fernando Von Arb was the only original member left in the band and it was released on the semi-obscure, European label Angel Air Records. The album brought about lead singer number four for Krokus, counting Chris Von Rohr. However, new vocalist Carl Sentance is a very good singer, though doesn't quite have the same charisma as Marc Storace. It's hard to replace someone like Storace who was basically the voice and face of the band. Carl's voice sounds a little bit like Bon Scott, which I am sure was the band's reason for hiring him. Krokus have always had that AC/DC vibe to them, and it's certainly apparent here, though as a longtime fan of both bands, I would never confuse the two. They each have their own distinct characteristics. "Witchhunt" is the most AC/DC like of all the songs presented here. Unfortunately "Round 13" starts off with a very weak song titled "Heya". It sounds like a mock Indian thing and I am not quite sure why the band chose this as the lead off track, when songs like "Blood Comes Easy" and "Gypsy Love" are much stronger. Actually, these are my two favorites songs on the album, along with ending track "Wild Times" which recalls the band's glory days. Overall I doubt many fan would find this to be the band's finest, but it's certainly a good listen, save for that opening track. "Round 13" is definitely better than the wimpy pop of "Change of Address" but it's not quite the firey heavy metal of "Headhunter".

Rock the Block Krokus - Rock the Block (Reality Entertainment) 2003

1. "Mad World" (3:56)
2. "Leading the Pack" (3:34)
3. "I Want It All" (4:08)
4. "Open Fire" (5:10)
5. "One for All" (3:36)
6. "Looking to America" (4:11)
7. "Go My Way" (4:14)
8. "Hot Shot" (3:34)
9. "Raise Your Hands" (3:53)
10. "Night of the Snakes" (3:32)
11. "Throwing Her China" (4:11)
12. "We'll Rise" (4:56)
13. "Freedom" (3:52)
14. "Rock the Block" (2:25)

Second solid CD in a row from Krokus, who have finally figured out that their fans aren't interested in modern trends or experimentation. No, they only need to do what they do best, and that is rock. I might even go so far as to say that "Rock the Block" is a step up from "To Rock or Not Be", which I also like quite a bit. (Hmmm...can you see a theme developing here?) Seriously thought, this CD hails back to "Hardware", "Metalrendevous" and "One Vice At A Time". This is hard rocking, party-anthem, AC/DC-inspired, metal. I've read some complaints on-line about the lyrics, but not everything has to have some deep, philosophical meaning. This is rock 'n roll. Rock 'n roll was suppose to be fun, and I think many people and bands have forgotten that over the years. Kudos to Krokus for bringing that back.

Fire & Gasoline: Live! Krokus - Fire And Gasoline: Live! (Warner Music Switzerland) 2004

1. "Heatstrokes" (4:01)
2. "Mad World" (3:43)
3. "Flying Through The Night" (3:49)
4. "American Woman" (4:25)
5. "I Want It All" (3:48)
6. "Bad Boys Rag Dolls" (4:06)
7. "Tokyo Nights" (6:07)
8. "Stayed Awake All Night" (7:25)
9. "Down The Drain" (3:36)
10. "Fire" (5:52)
11. "Rock'N'Roll Tonight" (7:33)

1. "Throwing Her China" (4:23)
2. "Screaming In The Night" (7:09)
3. "Rock City " (5:31)
4. "Easy Rocker" (5:07)
5. "Backseat Rock'N'Roll" (3:11)
6. "Rock The Block" (3:00)
7. "Long Stick Goes Boom" (5:37)
8. "Eat The Rich" (5:31)
9. "Bedside Radio" (3:26)

DISC 3 (Live At the Montreux Jazz Festival)
1. "Pre-Show"
2. "Long Stick Goes Boom"
3. "Mad World"
4. "American Woman"
5. "I Want It All"
6. "Fire"
7. "Down the Drain"
8. "Screaming in the Night"
9. "Stayed Awake All Night"
10. "Rock City"
11. "Rock 'n' Roll Tonight"
12. "Easy Rocker"
13. "Heatstrokes"
14. "Bedside Radio"
15. "After Show"
16. Bonus Material & DVD audio

Excellent 3 disc live set recorded during the 2003 "Rock the Block" Tour! This one features great sound, a high-energy performance, and a good song selection, although I was slightly disappointed that "Headhunter" wasn't included in the set. That small complaint aside, however, this is a stellar live disc and certainly a fine career retrospective of Krokus.

Krokus - Hellraiser (AFM) 2006

1.      Hellraiser (3:36)
2.      Too Wired To Sleep (2:43)
3.      Hangman (4:05)
4.      Angel Of My Dreams (3:45)
5.      Fight On (5:02)
6.      So Long (4:30)
7.      Spirit Of The Night (4:01)
8.      Midnite Fantasy (4:10)
9.      No Risk No Gain (3:52)
10.     Turnin’ Inside Out (3:51)
11.     Take My Love (4:56)
12.     Justice (3:45)
13.     Love Will Survive (3:36)
14.     Rocks Off! (3:51)
15.  Walking in the Spirit (2:38)

With the release of "Hellraiser" in 2006, Krokus celebrated their thirty year anniversary. What's odd about that is that there are no original members left in the band, as founding member Fernando Von Arb had been replaced by young-gun Armand "Mandy" Meyer. Also in the fold this time around is Accept/U.D.O. drummer Stefan Schwarzmann, guitarist guitarist Dominique Favez and bassist Tony Castell. The later two had also recorded with the band on "Rock the Block". However, despite the line-up changes, with leather-lung vocalist Marc Storace behind the mic, the mighty metal machine still sounds the same. In fact, "Hellraiser" could have been the follow-up to "Headhunter", sounding every bit as metallic, catchy and rambunctious. The songs are still infused with those AC/DC inspired guitar riffs and simple, head-banging song structures.

The album opens with the title track, a song that reminds me of the classic "Headhunter", an upbeat heavy metal romp with Storace wailing over top. A couple of rockers follow in "Too Wired to Sleep" and "Hangman". Both are anthemic party-rockers that should please any longtime Krokus fan. Other raucous rockers are "Fight On", "Rocks Off!" and the double-bass driven "Spirit of the Night". "So Long" and "Midnite Fantasy" are bluesy, catchy, melodic hard rock numbers, while "Angel of My Dreams" is a ballad in the spirit of "Screaming in the Night". Though there are fifteen tracks here, the album offers enough variety so that it never gets boring. Within one or two spins I found myself singing along to a lot of these songs.

"Hellraiser" is a great album! It's a solid hard rock/heavy metal album and is exactly what one would expect from Krokus. Though the album barely even registered on the radar in the U.S, the album was certified Gold in Switzerland.

Hoodoo Krokus - Hoodoo (Columbia) 2010

1. Drive It in (3:32)
2. Hoodoo Woman (3:36)
3. Born To Be Wild (3:32)
4. Rock 'N' Roll Handshake (3:50)
5. Ride Into the Sun (4:59)
6. Too Hot (3:43)
7. In My Blood (3:30)
8. Dirty Street (4:24)
9. Keep Me Rolling (4:10)
10. Shot of Love (3:30)
11. Firestar (3:43)

The classic "One Vice At A Time" band reunited and they're calling this CD their first in twenty years. Truth be known, they've been recording with bits and pieces of the original band for many years now. Oddly enough, however, "Hoodoo" sounds like it should have been the follow-up to "One Vice At a Time" rather than the heavier "Headhunter". While "Headhunter" is a a classic as well, "Hoodoo" follows closer to vibe present on "One Vice". The album starts off with two superb rockers. Both are energetic and shows a band that is revitalized. Track three is a tired cover of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild". Honestly, their cover is good, but it's a song that has been covered time and time again. My favorites are Raven and Udo Dirksneider's version from '83, as well as Riot's version from '79. Marc Storace sounds as good as he did twenty years ago with his cocky, attitude filled vocals. If "Long Stick Goes Boom" was the band's original ode to AC/DC, wait until you hear Storace on "Keep Me Rolling". The similarities to Bon Scott are uncanny. There are plenty of heavy rockers here including "In My Blood", "Keep Me Rolling", "Shot Of Love" and the super-charged "Firestar", which closes out the album. "Ride Into The Sun" is an awesome, tough-spirited, bluesy, biker ballad, almost reminiscent of something like "Screaming In The Night." "Rock'N'Roll Handshake" is a bit of a corny number, though taken with a grain of salt, it's amusing. "Gimme a rock-n-roll handshake, set your spirit free, gimme me a rock-n-roll handshake, turn around and slap one on me!" Krokus' brand of heavy metal has never been a thinking man's game, and it isn't exactly complicated or progressive. It's just down and dirty rock and roll meant to be played at loud volumes and enjoyed for what it is; simple, riff driven songs, loud guitar solos, attitude filled vocals, and sing-along rock and roll anthems. This is exactly what I want to hear from Krokus. Had this album been the follow-up to "Headhunter" rather than the atrocious bubble-gum, corporate rock of "The Blitz", I would imagine that their legacy would be much different than it is.

Dirty Dynamite Krokus - Dirty Dynamite (Columbia) 2013

1. Hallelujah Rock n' Roll (3:27)
2. Go Baby Go (3:38)
3. Rattlesnake Rumble (3:49)
4. Dirty Dynamite (3:51)
5. Let The Good Times Roll (3:55)
6. Help (4:27)
7. Better Than Sex (4:17)
8. Dög Song (3:48)
9. Yellow Mary (3:32)
10. Bailout Blues (3:30)
11. Live Ma Life (3:58)
12. Hardrocking Man (3:10)

"Dirty Dynamite" is the seventeenth release for Swiss rockers Krokus who have now been around for nearly four decades. As such the band has seen trends in music come and go, and in the mid-80's even rode one of those trends for a while. Albums like "Hardware" and "Once Vice At a Time" where traditional hard rock/heavy metal with a big AC/DC vibe. With "Headhunter" the band went for an even heavier, more straight-forward heavy metal sound. The follow-up saw them jumping headlong into the mid-80's MTV pop metal sound, which in this fan's opinion didn't really work so well. With their last few albums the band has stuck to musical guns and continue with the AC/DC inspired hard rock/heavy metal sound that the band is known for.

As a whole this album is solid with one small exception. Krokus have always recorded a cover song on their albums, and this album is no exception. The band chose to record The Beatles "Help" and give it the Krokus treatment. I'm not sure if the song is just too iconic or if I really just don't care for what Krokus did with it, but either way it's the one track on the album I didn't care for at all. Unfortunately it's right in the middle of the album and breaks up the flow a bit. Still, the other eleven tracks are prime Krokus. For the most part the album is packed with hard rocking songs that are riff driven along with Mark Storace's unique vocals. The production is a bit more modern and tends to be cleaner than those classic early 80's albums, which unfortunately robs the band of some of their edge. Otherwise "Dirty Dynamite" is a solid album from the heavy album opener "Hallelujah Rock n' Roll" to the AC/DC swagger of "Rattlesnake Rumble" to the crude sexual innuendos in "Better than Sex".

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