Although they are known mostly as an 80’s metal band, Krokus is much more than most people realize. With a music history that spans nearly 40 years, the band has never gone away, just faded from the limelight when grunge dominated the music scene in the 90’s. Their new album, Dirty Dynamite, was released in early March, and it a one for the ages. If you listen to the album in its entirety, you would swear that Bon Scott had risen from the dead, or at the very least, old AC/DC masters had been found in a vault somewhere.
Even though the album sounds like it could be a new AC/DC release, it is actually one of the best Krokus releases since their heyday. Ironically, the one song that sounds totally unique is a cover version of The Beatles classic, “Help.”
Taking one of the best songs in rock and roll history and turning it into something new and different is a huge risk, but one that has absolutely paid off for the legendary rockers from Switzerland. Their version of “Help” is gritty, soulful and bluesy like Joe Cocker’s cover version of “With a Little Help From My Friends.”
With Mark Storace’s distinct, emotional vocal delivery, 80’s metal-inspired power chords, bluesy guitar accents and melodic leads by Fernando Von Arb, Krokus has taken a classic song and made it into their own timeless masterpiece.