Krokus - 'Dirty Dynamite'

 

THE BAND:
Marc Storace - vocals
Chris Von Rohr - bass & vocals
Fernando Von Arb - guitars & vocals
Mark Kohler - guitars
Mandy Meyer - guitars
additional musicians:
Kosta Zafiriou - drums

 
TRACK FRAGMENTS:

1.) "Hallelujah Rock n' Roll" - This track opens with the effects of a dog growling. The intro opens with a backing harmony singing "Hallelujah", followed by a lead vocal line singing "Come and get me", then a backing vocal singing "Hallelujah", and then rounding out with one more lead vocal lyric singing "Rock and Roll" before going into the musical intro. If Marc's vocals did not shed a light on who the band was then Fernando, Mark and Mady's guitar riffs of the intro definitely will! The guitar riff of the intro had an early Krokus hook attached to it. The drum and bass line of Kosta's and Chris's was very reminiscent to a lot of the bass and drum lines AC/DC as written over the years. There is an eighth-note snare crack connecting the musical intro with the musical verse and a rhythm guitar change for the musical pre-verse. The miking on Kosta's hi-hat and snare was very crisp giving the song a very nice sound. For the musical verse, instead of changing the rhythm, the band added a second rhythm guitar arrangement. This second guitar played mainly rhythm chords and filled in the gaps of the main rhythm guitar arrangement. There is a small snare fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. The band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical chorus as the one they used in the intro. There is a minor lead guitar solo to connect the first chorus with the second pre-verse. Barely audible over the rhythm guitar riffs however, underneath the lyric lines of the second verse, there are several lead guitar licks. After the second verse there is a short rhythm guitar change leading into the major lead guitar solo. Connecting the lead guitar solo with the third chorus there is a breakdown section. 
2.) "Go Baby Go" - Two measures intro this intro and there was a rhythm change. There is a rhythm change for the musical pre-verse. The rhythm guitar rests underneath the first two lyric lines of the verse. Then there is a whole-note underneath the third and fourth lyric lines. The musical and lyrical pre-verse have a huge Krokus hook attached to them. There is a small rhythm change for the musical verse. Underneath the second lyric line of the musical verse a second rhythm guitar arrangement kicks-in underneath the main rhythm guitar. The guitar riff of the chorus had a Angus Young (AC/DC) feel to it. The band kept the choruses of this song very short and simple. This let Fernando's huge guitar hook carry the choruses. Connecting the second and third lyric line of the second verse there is a pick slide. After the second chorus there is a short breakdown section. The rhythm guitar riffs of this breakdown section were heavily influenced by Chuck Berry. After the breakdown there is a fifties influenced lead guitar solo. 
3.) "Rattlesnake Rumble" - This intro consisted of a very simple rhythm guitar riff. There is a lead guitar effect connecting the musical intro with the musical pre-verse. The band used the same guitar riff for the musical pre-verse as the one for the intro. The guys kept the chorus very short and simple. A small snare fill connects the first chorus with the second verse. Underneath the main rhythm guitar of the second verse there is a minor lead guitar solo. The lead guitar solo after the second chorus had a blues feel to it. I just loved the way the band arranged the second chorus!!!!
4.) "Dirty Dynamite" - This intro opens with a backwards masking lyric. After the lyric there is a short piano chord before going into the main musical intro. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro arrangement. A vocal accent connects the intro with the musical verse while there is a simple slide rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of the main rhythm guitar arrangement of the musical verse. The band used the same rhythm for the musical chorus as the one for the intro. Chris's bass line really bleeds through on this track. This is the first song on the release that contained a piano arrangement. There is a short breakdown consisting of just a drum rhythm connecting the second verse with the second chorus. 
5.) "Let The Good Times Roll" - This intro consisted of a seventies AC/DC style intro arrangement. After two measures Marc says "cut the crap". The next two measure consisted of the same rhythm as the first two with the only difference being that Kosta switched his drum line from a tom-tom pattern to a standard hi-hat rhythm. The guitar arrangement of the musical verse consisted of a tweaked version of the intro riff. There is no rhythm change between the musical verse and the musical intro. There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus and second verse. After the second chorus there is a small breakdown leading into the major lead guitar solo. The musical verses of this song consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. There is a minor solo underneath the lyric lines of the third verse. 
6.) "Help" - This is a cover of The Beatles classic that was originally released on the album and soundtrack by the same name and released on August 6, 1965. As a Beatles fan I never thought I would hear myself say this however Krokus's version blows theirs away!
7.) "Better Than Sex" - This intro opens with a vocal accent. After the second guitar riff of the intro a second guitar rhythm kicks-in playing the same riff as the first. There is a tom-tom pattern and vocal accent connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The way the rhythm guitar of the musical verse was arranged lets the bass and drum line become the main instrumentation of the musical verse. The band used the same rhythm riff for the musical chorus as the one for the intro. There is a minor lead guitar lick connecting the first chorus with the second verse. Marc's vocals over the top of the breakdown pays homage to the late great Bon Scott. 
8.) "Dog Song" - This intro opened with a couple lead guitar licks. There was a small rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar riffs. The musical arrangement connecting the verse with the chorus consisted of just a bass drum kick. Over the top of the rhythm guitar of the second verse there were several lead guitar licks. The lead guitar solo written for this track had a very laid back feel to it. 
9.) "Yellow Mary" - This intro consisted of two different rhythm guitar riffs one a top of another. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse and another rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. Over the top of the rhythm guitar of the second verse there were a couple lead guitar licks. After the second chorus there was a small rhythm change. This track consisted of no lead guitar solo, however the music is so strong it really did not need one.
10.) "Bailout Blues" -The intro to this track consisted of a huge musical hook. The bass & drum line are the main instrumentation of the musical verse. Though there is a small guitar riff through the verse. The guitar arrangement actually does not kick-in until the musical chorus. There is a small lead guitar lick connecting the first chorus with the second verse. For the second musical verse there are two rhythm guitar riffs. One of these riffs was done with lead guitar licks. The bass line of this track hits you right in the chest.
11.) "Live Ma Life" - After the first rhythm riff of this intro a second guitar kicks-in playing the same riff. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the rhythm guitar of the first chorus. Scattered throughout the second verse are several lead guitar licks. 
12.) "Hardrocking Man" -This track was very reminiscent to pre-'Headhunter' Krokus. 


     Recorded over a two year period at the legendary Abbey Road recording Studios in London (the very studios The Beatles used).  'Dirty Dynamite' marks Krokus's seventeenth studio release.
     Since forming thirty-eight years ago, the band has gone through several line-up changes.  However one thing has stayed consistent and that's the band's sound.  Over the years Krokus has never altered their sound to sell an album or two.  This along with their great song writing is just one of the few reasons the band has been around for as long as they have and have such a loyal fan base.
     Since forming 'Dirt Dynamite' is the first Krokus release that consists of three guitarists.  This not only gives the band a whole new dynamic however opens doors and avenues to the band they have never had before. 
     Like most people that have reviewed this CD, I can definitely hear similarities between Marc and original AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott.  However there is one major distinction Krokus blows AC/DC away!!!
     'Dirty Dynamite' is mostly reminiscent to the band's 2010 release titled, 'Hoodoo' and the stuff the band recorded prior to 'Headhunter'.  Though 'Dirty Dynamite' will mainly cater to longtime Krokus fans such as myself. Fans of groups such as, AC/DC (the Bon Scott years) and early UFO will also be turned onto the album.  It's will also be a great CD for all general hard rock fans. 
     After nearly forty years the band shows absolutely no slowing down and after hearing 'Dirty Dynamite' I already can't wait to hear the next release!