Keavin asked me to do a review of Krokus's new live album' "Long Stick Goes Boom - Live from the House of Rust". My reply, "You got it, I have always have had a soft spot for a dirty rock band like them". …. Now we can say - "Thank god for some things that just don't change."
Simply put, this is a FUN live album. You can sense it in the music. In the crowd. In the overall vibe. I have made it my duty to make sure that I listen to every album I have ever reviewed at least three times before I write about it. To be fully honest, the first time I listened - I wasn't so sure about this one. But by the middle of the second listen, the volume was cranked up a few notches and I found my mind in the gutter…..This is a good thing. The only real critique I have is - there cover of American Woman is weak. They could have really beefed that song up. It almost seems like it was "compressed" - when it could have been done wide open with full distortion and a lot more guts.
But at the end of the day - you can feel this band is for real. They do it because they love it. You can even sense that there is no way they will do anything but what "THEY WANT TO DO" - AND I LOVE THAT!!! We need much much more of that. They just rip through this set and the whole band leaves it all on the bloody stage. And if you like that AC/DC style…You are gonna love this record. Forget however old these guys might be….That doesn't matter. This is one of those records you play at a BAR B Q and everyone says…."Who is this?" - You reply, "Krokus Live" - and they will say….."I remember these guys" - "are they still around?" - and you can comfortably reply….."Yes they are", isn't it great how some things just don't change"…Krokus has been a rock and roll band since the mid seventies. And if you ever take a gander at their long history…They are survivors. They have been through so many lineup changes and drama. How does any band that has longevity survive…Only one reason…They have to love and be passionate about what they do. For this, I raise my glass to them.
I was pleasantly surprised about this album. And I am very happy to see them still on the map. Get this album and put it in your library. It is most defiantly worth having. And you are toasting a band that not only has made their journey with their hearts in the right place. But not to sound over dramatic or "corny"- you are toasting rock n roll itself. And if you listen to this album you might hear what I am hearing. It is just a really good garage band that kept its roots and has tons of fans that are listening to them in the driveway. And as far as Krokus is concerned…That Is a really BIG garage and really big driveway leading up to it.
It gets 3.5 stars out of 5 on the "Hardcore Scale"
Remember - Rock n Roll is like a roach….You will never kill it. You can even put it in the microwave for 2 minutes and it won't die….. Albums like this - And bands like Krokus are testament to that.
Preview and purchase the album here.
Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From The House Of Rust
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