After listening to this album multiple times, I searched and searched for the right words to use in order to describe it to you. There were only two words that kept popping up in my head: Holy shit. I kept listening to it and every time the only words that kept coming out of my mouth were, “Holy shit!”
Let’s just get this part out of the way immediately: The obvious comparison that you are going to notice is AC/DC. Yes, if you didn’t know any better, you’d think this was never before released Bon Scott era AC/DC. But you know better and there are enough slight differences that will make you realize it. Besides, this album is so good, you’ll forget about that comparison pretty quickly.
The album opens with the awesome rock anthem aptly titled “Hallelujah Rock n’ Roll.” After that, it’s just one solid rock song after another. For me, this is exactly what rock and roll is all about: dirty, sweaty tunes that make you move. I couldn’t stop tapping my foot, and I couldn’t wipe the stupid grin off of my face while listening to this album. I’m pretty sure that if anyone would’ve seen me while I was listening to this album, they would’ve thought I was completely insane. Song after song after song and my smile got bigger, my foot pounded harder and the only I could say was, “Holy shit!”
AC/DC may be the strongest influence, but it’s certainly not the only influence you’re going to hear. Go Baby Go will take you back with it’s retro/rockabilly vibe. Hardrocking Man has hints of early Rolling Stones. And bluesy rock is in just about every other nook and cranny of this album.
And then there’s their cover of the Beatles’ “Help.” This one threw me for a loop. Honestly, I didn’t even recognize it the first time I heard it; my husband had to clue me in. Wow. Just wow. I know a lot of people are very particular about cover songs, and I’m one of those people. Most are purists and prefer no one, no matter who the artist, touch or even attempt to cover the catalogue of their favorite band. I’m sure Beatles fans would start a riot over this one. To me, Krokus’ cover was TOTALLY different. They turned this song into one of the most amazing 80’s ballads I’ve ever heard. Like…it would’ve been included on Monster Ballads. Depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting on, this could be a good thing or it could be totally sacrilegious.
Krokus outdid themselves on this one. From start to finish, this album is fantastic. I kept listening to it not only because I had to review it, but also because I wanted to. It’s been a while since I’ve wanted to put an album on repeat all day; this is one of those albums.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Hallelujah Rock n’ Roll
02. Go Baby Go
03. Rattlesnake Rumble
04. Dirty Dynamite
05. Let The Good Times Roll
07. Better Than Sex
08. Dog Song
09. Yellow Mary
10. Bailout Blues
11. Live Ma LIfe
12. Hardrocking Man
Marc Storace – Lead Vocals
Chris Von Rohr – Bass, Vocals
Fernando Von Arb – Guitar, Vocals
Mark Kohler – Guitar
Mandy Meyer – Guitar
Reviewed by Christine Sixx
For almost 40 years now KROKUS has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalogue worldwide like KROKUS. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world and received gold and platinum record awards including the USA and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Mexico, Russia, Japan and China
But it hasn’t all been one long “high”: death, sickness and internal strife have pushed the band to the brink of collapse. The story of KROKUS is like no other. Dotted with highs and lows, sell-out stadium concerts and sweaty club gigs, these five musketeers of rock have outlasted trends and survived treacherous US managers, tough splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, awful fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies and double-dealing advisors.
Today they are back in their classic line-up plus Mandy Meyer and are stronger than ever on their new album “DIRTY DYNAMITE”. Guest musician Kosta Zafiriou plays drums on the entire album. The band spent a whole two years working on the new album under the watchful eye of bassist and original founder Chris Von Rohr. “We didn’t spend all that time on golf courses or tennis courts. No, we just wanted to make the best album yet, the magnum opus of the new KROKUS era” says the hit producer. Guitarist Mark Kohler has this to add: “This is not just another KROKUS” album. I think we have definitely passed another rock milestone with this record”.
To reach this goal, no expense was spared. The band booked into the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. KROKUS went back to their roots, back to where it all began with the Stones, the Beatles, the Free, the Who and the Bluesbreakers. Back to where the band headlined concerts in the Hammersmith Odeon, celebrating their first international success. “The atmosphere there is very special and we wanted to make the most of that”, says vocalist Marc Storace. Guitarist Fernando Von Arb is quick to add: “With DIRTY DYNAMITE we have recorded the urgently needed dirty kind of rock that no one plays in this country”.
You can get a free download of the brand new Krokus song ” Dirty Dynamite” at the link below. The article is in Swedish, but the registration box is pretty straight forward. Check it out!
For the next couple of weeks KROKUS producer & bassist Chris Von Rohr along with vocalist Marc Storace are laying down bass and vocal tracks at no other than London’s Abbey Road Studios for the band’s new album. Coincidentally, The Beatles, the band who made this studio famous are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Sound engineer for the recording sessions is again Dennis Ward (Unisonic), who also recorded our last album “Hoodoo”.
The working title for KROKUS’ 17th studio album is “Dirty Dynamite”. Producer Chris Von Rohr promises: “The new songs sound like “dirty dynamite”: pure, dirty, in your face hard rock with a touch of blues”. Adds Marc Storace: “We’ve been taking the time it needs writing for our next rock album and we guarantee that it definitely will contain no fillers!”.