Krokus is a hardrock band from Solothurn Switzerland who have sold over 14 million records, toured the world and received gold and platinum disc in Switzerland and North America.
This band has 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 throughout their 39 year career.
Being one of the first bands to introduce “metal-rock” to the world with such albums as “Painkiller/Pay It In Metal” “Metal Rendez-vous” “One Vice At A Time” “The Bliz” “Alive And Screaming” (in all, their discography has over 18 discs and counting). Although highly under-rated, Krokus’ contribution to the music world has been woven into the tapestry of what hard/heavy/power/rock and roll is today.
Long Stick Goes Boom (Live At Da House Of Rust) was recorded in August 30 2013 at Rock City Solothurn Switzerland with a sold-out audience witnessing material from early records right up to 2013s’ “Dirty Dynamite”. The band sounds is as fresh and raw as the first time I heard them many moons ago with Marc Storaces’ distinguishable vocals hitting the mark and still full of power and range.
Mark Storace – Vocals
Chris VonRohr – Bass/Vocals
Fernando VonArb –Guitar/Vocals
“Long Stick Goes Boom” gets this disc rolling with anticipation and great energy that flows throught the live set. The band still has a hard on and a big stick to prove it. Any fans of the late Bon Scott and AC/DC will notice signatures that run along the same vein, yet undeniably Krokus’ own full “big band sound”.
“Hallelujah RocknRoll” Drawing from 2013s “Dirty Dynamite” this song is peppered with quick and to the point “Krok ‘n’ Roll” lyrics that praise all things great music adds to ones’ life. An anthem / salute all rolled up into one.
“Go Baby Go” A hard driving bluesy number with guitars galore and a shake your leg approach that whips the crowd outta their seats and dancing.
“American Woman” A classic Guess Who song that Krokus has covered over the years with great success (among others). Marc Storace and the band have Krokus-ized this tuneand given it a zeal that may have been lacking from the original. Great crowd response!
“Tokyo Nights” Has always been a favourite of mine since I was a kid and got my first Krokus album “Metal Rendez-vous” . The song has a lot to offer with a Scorpions feel to it and a crazy reggae beat emerging. Full of massive guitar and great back beat.
“Fire” Brings a sonic guitar intro that blends into a furnace of Krokus madness, fire is what you need..until you bleed! Soaring high then swooping down into a guitar melody that transports the listener to another dimension. Clocking in over seven minutes this song is a definite KROKUS gem. \m/
“Rock City/Better Than Sex Doeg Song” Down and dirty with a swagger and pounding drums. Better than sex… ;}
“Screaming In The Night” Picture a hot and stormy night…This song is probably one of the most popular hallmark songs that has been played on the radio over the last 30 years. A power ballad that has stood the test of time and sounds as great on this live disc as when first released. Crisp and proud, best enjoyed loud!
“Hellraiser” A heavy hitter that has full audience backing, head banging, fist pumping rock and roll.
Hellraiser-Thunder maker-Love taker…sez it all!
“Bedside Radio” One of those songs that brought me back to my youth and fond memories of worriless-
fun filled times. Great stuff!
“Easy Rocker” Comes off of their 1981 release “Hardware” with a quick tempo guitar chug/frenzy,coupled with great song writing craftsmanship. Love this number \m/
“Heatstrokes” keeps the momentum flowing on this disc with blazing guitar and drums. A Johny B Goode vibe with all the guitar attacks and multiple licks.
“Live For The Action” Has a definite KROKUS sound to it. The soaring vocals combine with all the instruments and audience particip-action to form a melody that will keep your head banging along.
“Hoodoo Woman” Rounds out this live disc with a very catchy verse and low end rhythm that drives through out. Crowd sings along for a great Finale.
Overall this band is not one of your classic line-ups reuniting for another kick of the can, but have been active and touring through out their 38 year span. Their sound is still full and aggressive with a touch of wisdom and style that has stayed true to their roots yet still moving forward and never giving up to trends and gimmicks. This being their third live compilation it stands tall and rates as maybe their best to date. I really enjoyed listening to this and am very glad that KROKUS is releasing relevant music to the world. Get out and buy this disc on Sony records, release date is April 21 2014 in Canada.
Thanks for this opportunity to review this disc.
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