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“Hoodoo” by Krokus

Artist: Krokus
Title: “Hoodoo”
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 5/25/2010
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

I have to admit that with all of the comeback albums that we found happening over the last couple of years, there was one band that I wondered about a little more than others and that was Switzerland’s Krokus. Historically speaking they are probably the most popular Heavy Rock band to ever come out of the region and while they had some six albums before I turned my attention to them, I could not name a single Metal friend from back in the day that didn’t own a copy of the amazing “Headhunter” LP. With my own musical tastes changing and longing for super-powered speedier Metal, I would eventually lose sight of Krokus after “The Blitz” but that didn’t mean the band would stop their pace. Though lineup changes and musical styles of the world keep shifting, Krokus remained steady at the task and released sixteen studio albums, two live recordings and gave their fans a lucky seven in terms of compilations. Bringing us into the now, what would “Hoodoo” hold for the longtime ardent supporters and those who might be reflective and wondering how this band they once followed was doing at this point in their career. To both sides of the fence I can happily report that “it is on” and the band seems intent on snaring some of the glory of the past in this modern time. I realize that it’s a bold statement to make but one cannot help but be enthusiastic in the fact that the band has once again found its most legendary lineup in the command back for the attack. Not only is Chris Von Rohr on bass with Freddy Steady on drums, but we have the amazing talents of Fernando von Arb back on the lead axe with Mark Kohler being a strong compliment to his playing. Whew, there is nothing like finding a bands most prominent roster joining forces again for the sake of their material.
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“Headhunter” by Krokus

Artist: Krokus
Title: “Headhunter”
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 10/17/2000
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7.5/10

Spitfire Records became one of my favorite of the independent record labels when they started to remaster and reissue some classic Heavy Metal albums. Before this was done most of them were only available on vinyl and hardly ever made it to CD. Younger readers might not recall those big black disks in the cardboard but any Traditional or “Old School” genre fans most certainly do. One of these releases was the 1986 classic by Krokus entitled “Headhunter”. This was one of my top ten records at the time and there are a number of reasons why. This was a powerhouse of Heavy Metal rock and roll and should be a part of any collection should you seek a sampling of Krokus. This release contains some of their signature material and a number of these tunes are still performed in concert today. I remember when I first heard “Headhunter” begin; the solid drumming of Steve Pace not only floored me but made me realize that I had to add a second kick drum to my drum set. On some releases Krokus had a lot of AC/DC flavor to them and this is most likely due to some of the similarities in Marc Storace’s voice. However, Marc also possessed a greater range and this was evident on classics like “Screaming In The Night”. This was a power ballad done right and soon would be a tune that many bands would mirror their own against.
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“Fire and Gasoline – Live” by Krokus

Artist: Krokus
Title: “Fire And Gasoline – Live”
Label: Reality Entertainment
Release Date: 6/29/2004
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 7/10

Krokus has returned to the metal scene with a new live double CD release entitled “Fire And Gasoline”. Even twenty plus years after they first recorded music, the band still packs a powerful punch. However, the only remaining original members are vocalist Marc Storace and guitarist Fernando Von Arb. Filling out the lineup for the live release is Patrick Aeby (drums), Tony Castell (bass) and additional guitarwork is handled by Dominique Favez. While I admit I enjoyed hearing Krokus blast my speakers once again as it has been such a long time since I did so, I had a couple of problems with this CD. Of the 20 songs on this solid double-disc set they left out too many numbers that I was looking forward to hearing once again. I think the folks who had supported the band over the course of time would agree that songs like “Headhunter”, “Midnight Maniac”, “Schools Out” and “Ballroom Blitz” should be here. Now I understand that there might have been hesitation with releasing a CD with three covers on it, but it might not have hurt since they are so well known and associated with their renditions of these very same numbers.
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