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Vintage AC/DC

This sounds so much like vintage AC/DC, I had to double-check the artist.

Solid Rock...A Must-Own!

'Dirty Dynamite' is one helluva rocking good album...what a treat! Before I go too far though, let me put out this disclaimer: If you're a Krokus fan hoping for something sounding similar to 'Headhunter', you're going to be disappointed. In fact, you should probably stop wishing for that because Krokus just isn't that band anymore (and hasn't been for the 30 years since that album came out). Full disclosure though: 'Headhunter' isn't one of my favorite Krokus albums.

Now with that out of the way, 'Dirty Dynamite' is one solid effort from the boys that gets your head bobbing and your feet tapping. Even though you've heard all of these songs before in some form or another from either Krokus themselves or some other band, they all sound fresh and played with passion! You can tell the boys had a good time making this album and that's reflected in the songs themselves. It's not all perfect top-to-bottom, but here's a brief recap of what to expect:

- Hallelujah Rock n' Roll: Classic, straight-forward rock song. If your head's not bobbing with the beat and you're not singing along with the chorus, you should stop listening to this album right now because you are lame.

- Go Baby Go: See above. The real highlight of this song, though, is the very Chuck Berry'ish solo which goes on and on and just tears it up! I also love the vocal immediately following the solo...very '50s'ish rock and roll! You can tell they had fun with this one!

- Rattlesnake Rumble: A little slower pace than the first two offerings but with a driving beat. Very ZZ Top'ish, but in a really good way. Instant like.

- Dirty Dynamite: Awesome! This one you can tell they were having a blast making (which is why I think it was the lead single off of the album and was made the title track). Hmmm, piano sitting around in the studio? Put it to use! What a great song all around.

- Let the Good Times Roll: A true gem! Marc Storace's voice sounds a little strained here, perhaps it was recorded late in the studio session, but it's a definite baller! Another head bopper/foot tapper!

- Help: I'm neutral on this cover song by The Beatles. I absolutely loathe The Beatles, so this song has zero meaning for me, but it does sound good and well-produced with the dueling vocals. I can understand if people love their take on this song, but I'm here for the rocking.

- Better than Sex: A song which doesn't quite live up to its awesome title in my ears. I can't seem to get into this one, especially the spoken part after the solo.

- Dog Song: The gem of the album's second half! Terrific! If you've heard it, you know this song should be titled 'All Night Long', but I'm guessing they shied away from that since it's been done so many times before in one version or another. After the start of the second chorus of 'Allllllll Night Long', I love the bass play. Awesome!

- Yellow Mary: This one was probably the strongest grower for me. I'm still not sure what 'yellow' means (perhaps it's some European slang I'm not familiar with), but I love the structure of this song. The 'wakca wacka wacka wacka' rhythm during the verse is infectious (in a good way)!

- Bailout Blues: A decent effort, but more on the fill'ish side than rock and roll classic. It starts slow but builds toward the chorus in a nice way though.

- Live Ma Life: Not feeling this one, but I suspect that a lot of folks will like this one. I just can't get into it.

- Hardrocking Man: This one's just fun! Good rhythm and groove with a solid, two-part solo. A good way to cap off a great album!

The production is very good throughout, and if I had one quibble, it would be the missing punch of the drums. I just didn't think the hi-hat had enough bite like it did on 'Hoodoo' (which I still consider to be the more solid album between the two and one of their best overall), but it's not enough to kill my enjoyment of this awesome, awesome album! I wish Krokus got more love here in the States because, Lord knows, people are missing out on some classic rock 'n' roll!

The Ultimate Tribute to Bon Scott Era AC/DC

If you can't hear the vintage Acka Decka in this album, then you must not have ever heard AC/DC before, because this is very Bon Scott era style stuff, and its in the best possible way. Thats not to say they're ripping AC/DC off. This album has its own quirks as well. Worth the buy!


Formed: 1974 in Solothurn, Switzerland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Switzerland's most successful hard rock band, Krokus enjoyed international popularity in the 1980s and onward for their aggressive, straightforward variety of European metal. Hailing from the Swiss city of Solothurn, Krokus was formed in 1974 by guitarist Tommy Kiefer and percussionist Chris Von Rohr. Initially performing an eclectic and artful brand of prog rock, Krokus released their first album in 1976, with the founders joined by guitarist Hansi Droz and bassist Remo Spadino. Krokus' second album,...
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