Krokus – ‘Hoodoo’

Released May 25,2009
through Sony Music

THE BAND:
Marc Storace – lead vocals
Chris Von Rohr – bass, vocals
Fernando Von Arb – guitar, vocals
Mark Kohler – guitar
Freddy Steady – drums

 

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) “Drive It In” –This track opens with what I assume  is Mark playing a small rhythm riff .  There is a small musical rest between the opening riff and the opening rhythm guitar of the main intro.  The main intro opens with a classic Krokus rhythm guitar arrangement.  After one measure into the intro a second rhythm guitar kicks-in.  This second arrangement is the same as the first.  It is important to note for this section that one guitarist is coming out of the left speaker and the other is coming out of the right. With Mark and Fernando playing the same rhythm riff the song immediately has a heavy in your face sound.  When Chris and Freddy kick the bass and drum line-in there will be absolutely no doubt who this band is.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  For the musical verse Freddy not only changed the hi-hat pattern however he also changed the hi-hat sound by placing more pressure on the hi-hat. Fernando plays a small pick slide effect in between the first & second and third & fourth lyric lines of the musical verse.  There is a small rhythm change for the musical chorus.  The choruses are very short.  Fernando’s lead guitar solo is after the first chorus.  Over the top of the opening of the lead guitar solo there is an original sounding Storace vocal accent.  The lead guitar solo was heavily influenced by early rock ‘n’ roll guitarists.  The second musical verse consisted of Mark playing a simple rhythm riff with Fernando playing lead riffs over the top of it.  There are several lead rhythms laced in between the lyric lines of the musical verse.  This track ended with a classic Krokus outro.
2.) “Hoodoo Woman” – This song is the first single taken off of the release.  There is a small percussion shaker over the top of a swamp special effect before the musical intro kicks-in.  Both lead & rhythm guitar are playing the same rhythm for the intro section.  The rhythm guitar change for the musical verse is so slight that you almost don’t know it.  Freddy switched his drum line for the musical verse.  This verse is KROKUS at their best.  There is a small rhythm arrangement change for the musical pre-chorus.  The pre-chorus does not consist of lead vocals instead Marc just sings a string of vocal accents.  The chorus is classic Krokus!!!!   There are a couple lead guitar licks connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  Underneath the lyric lines of the second verse Fernando is playing little lead guitar licks.  The lead guitar solo connects the second chorus with the breakdown section.   
3.) “Born To Be Wild” –The song was written by Mars Bonfire and made famous by the Canadian rock  band Steppenwolf.  Writer Bonfire was previously a member of the Sparrows, the predecessor band to Steppenwolf, and his brother was Steppenwolf's drummer. "Born to be Wild" was the band's second and most successful single, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts.
4.) “Rock ‘n’ Roll Handshake” – This intro opens with a rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of Freddy playing a hi-hat pattern. After two measures Freddy kicks the drum line-in. It is also at this time the bass line kicks –in.  There is a cymbal crash to signify the rhythm change of the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements being played at two different times.  This gave the musical verse a very cool sound.  The musical & lyrical chorus had a small hook attached to it.  There is a small breakdown section connecting the second chorus with the lead guitar solo.  Musically along with the way Storace arranged the lyric lines gave song a huge early seventies Bon Scott/AC/DC sound.
5.) “Ride Into The Sun” -A classic “Screaming In The Night” style ballad!!!!!!
6.) “Too Hot” – This track opens with a very simple laid back intro section.  Fernando plays a small lead guitar lick to connect the intro with the musical verse.  Mark & Fernando used the same basic rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse.  The only difference between the two is Fernando added a second lead riff in between the lyric lines.  This gives the guitar tracks a very heavy feel. ( For the young guitarist out there take notes here and listen.  There is such a thing as being heavy without being loud or fast.)  For the last lyric line of the verse Freddy opens his hi-hat just a little.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  The Chorus has a classic Marc hook.  After the second chorus there is a breakdown section.  The breakdown starts with just Freddy playing a drum rhythm then one guitar kicks-in through the left speaker and then the second guitar kicks-in through the right just a few seconds later.  This leads into the lead guitar solo.  With the lead guitar solo section Fernando overdubbed the solo over his rhythm guitar so you still have two guitars playing the same rhythm underneath the solo.  There is a small tom-tom fill connecting the lead guitar solo with the third chorus.  Underneath the outro Fernando plays a small minor lead guitar solo. 
7.) “In My Blood” – This track opens with a single rhythm guitar riff coming out of the left speaker.  After he riff is repeated twice Fernando kicks the lead guitar in with a lead guitar effect.  As soon as this lead guitar effect ends the right speaker kicks-in.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar for the musical verse has a “Ready To Burn” from their ‘Headhunter’ (released November 30th 1983) album sound. There is a couple of what sounds like vocal accents over the beginning of the musical verse.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  Fernando plays a several minor lead guitar licks in between the vocal lines and music arrangement.  There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  The major lead guitar solo connects the second and third chorus.  
8.) “Dirty Street” – This track opens with a single rhythm guitar arrangement.  For the fourth measure of the leading into the verse there is a minor lead guitar solo.  Too me both the rhythm guitar arrangement and minor solo had an Angus Young feel to them.  Fernando plays small minor lead solo runs underneath Marc’s lead vocal lines.  There is an arrangement change for the musical chorus.  There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus.  From beginning to end this song is a tribute to the AC/DC sound that influenced Chris enough to make Krokus a guitar riff based band.
9.) “Keep Me Rollin” –This track opens with two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  One is the main rhythm while the second is a fill-in rhythm underneath. There is a Marc vocal accent between the opening intro and the main intro section.  There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the main intro and leading into the music verse.  The musical verse had an early seventies AC/DC feel to it.  There was a musical change for the musical chorus.  Connecting the first chorus with the second verse was a minor lead guitar solo.  After the second chorus there is a lead guitar solo.  Chris’s bass line though simple was huge!!!!
10.) “Shot Of Love” – A classic Krokus song!!!!! 
11.) “Firestar” –Very reminiscent of the stuff the band was writing between the years of 1980-83.

 

   “At last we are back with a real, fresh, rock album that will make an impression.  Strong songs, strong riffs, brilliant sound.  This time, we’ve got everything right…I am more than happy” - Marc Storace

All those who have been waiting for a classic, pure hard rock album, will get what they want…. - Fernando

     These two quotes are so accurate that a closing would just sound stupid!  All I can say is if you are a rock fan then buy this album!!!!