What the Hell is going on around here? Krokus is back with a new album? And it’s good?
Yes, shockingly, yes.
Granted a lot of other veteran acts that have released some really good albums. Warrant, Lita Ford, L.A. Guns, Dokken, Testament, Overkill, Europe, and Trixter come to mind.
The band did the smart maneuver in bringing back the classic line-up. And with it comes 12 new tracks of blues based kick ass rock. It really harkens back to the early days when Krokus was thought of as an AC/DC ripoff. And I mean that in the best way possible. For diehard Bon Scott fans, they will love the sound of Marc Storace voice. Playing on the AC/DC vibe, the whole album is more of a dirty bar band blues sound than the pop metal version of when they hit big.
While “Go Baby Go” gets as close to parroting as humanly possibly, it is so damn good that you don’t really mind. “Rattlesnake Rumble” and the title track are formulaic 4 bar blues but you can feel that the band is having fun and that enjoyment comes through the speakers. The formula is broken up a tad with “Help” a ballad that probably should have been left off the album. Actually if Dirty Dynamite had just 10 tracks I might have liked it better. The 4 bar blues just got old, fast. The opening riffs of “Better Than Sex” and “Dog Song” are eerily similar.
The real gem of the album is at the end. “Live Ma Life” has that same structure but it has a lot more balls to it. Guitar sound is very very dirty. Like Snooki at 2am dirty, Plus with the rebellious lyrics it makes it a keeper. Granted hearing “rebel” lyrics from a guy that is probably 60 is silly but trust me, it works.
It’s very ironic that some of the biggest hard rock bands of the 80’s recently released albums that stunk. KISS, Van Halen, and Aerosmith all put out very bland material. Yet the second tier bands have been cranking out WAY better material. I don’t know what it causing them to crank out all the great music, but I like it. I really like it and with Krokus putting out Dirty Dynamite it raises the bar for all their other contemporaries.
Final rating, I’d be happy paying…
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD
$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon
$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale
$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop
$0-Not worth the drive space