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Album Review: Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House Of Rust

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:20 AM


Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House Of Rust

Written by Jim Sky

 

Like all great live recordings, it opens to the sound of screaming, cheering, and the expectant crowd noise characteristic of rock and roll fans. Without announcement or fanfare the show begins with the killer flourish expected of world class bands. The band are already owning the stage, evident by their performance and the sound of a roaring crowd. Krokus began their career in Switzerland, and their recent album “Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House of Rust” was recorded in their hometown of Soluthurn and is the most recent offering from long-standing rock and roll stalwarts Krokus. From the sound of the crowd and the vintage electric performance, however, it could be any stage in the world.


From this vantage point comes Long Stick, the first of fourteen fantastic pure rock tracks that could only sound more live if you stood present at the show in real time. "Pinball Wizard" appearing as a bridge not only pleases the ear, but nods heavily to the many legendary bands Krokus rate among their influences, the most obvious in both their sound and critical comparisons throughout their career, being AC/DC.

 

Where “Long Stick” could be an opener or a closer, with slow-down drums and song-ending lead licks completing the perfect rock n roll classic sound, there is an expectation for all out for the rest of the recording; and it doesn’t fail to deliver. “Hallelujah Rock'n'Roll” kicks in with a vocal announcement of “Krok n roll”. From this point on, a set of largely recent tracks such as "Hoodoo Woman" and “Go Baby Go" make up the meat of the performance, and as a result, the album. The band is aware of their fans and their roots however, including classics early cuts like"Hardware", "Tokyo Nights", "Heatstrokes" and "Easy Rocker".


Ongoing nods to other classic sounds abound, with lashes of Crue and Poison among them, and the band don’t let us forget the “Hellraiser” either. “Better Than Sex” is a highlight of the recording, a shining example of the strong relationship between the band and their fans – a simple key change draws a hefty cheer. Choosing to end their performance with “Hoodoo Woman” draws another round of applause, ensuring no critic can ever accuse Krokus of a lack in popularity. The crowd sings along to “Mama was a Hoodoo woman, Papa was a Hoodoo man” and the performance ends with the same instrumental flourish as the beginning, before the band leads into a massive outro, fading finally into the sound of ongoing crowd excitement.


Ultimately “Long Stick Goes Boom” tells the story of a group of heavy rockers doing what they do best; rocking the hell out to their home crowd, with an arsenal of high-end, gravel-covered vocals, a straight-out rock rhythm section and scorching lead work. The comparison to AC/DC will always remain but for a band like Krokus it really doesn’t matter. The important part about their latest live recording is simple - after so many years on the road, die-hard rock fans will be sure to agree that this is what real live, gritty rock and roll will always sound like; and it rocks.


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