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Krokus

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Krokus isn’t sophisticated but it is hard rock nourishment. Hell, the song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Handshake” is about an actual handshake and not just a clunky euphemism. It’s endearing to find a band so deeply in love with sweaty, long hair, mainstream (albeit of another era) hard rock.

The classic Krokus lineup of Chris von Rohr, Fernando von Arb, Freddy Steady, Mark Kohler and Marc Storace has reunited for their first album together in 20 years, and they sound, well, like Krokus. Always sounding like they’d been scraped off Sunset Strip rather than hailing from flower-filled Switzerland (the plentiful crocus gives them their name), Krokus isn’t sophisticated but it is hard rock nourishment.

Hoodoo (released May 25) would have gone platinum in the mid-80s when Krokus was at their commercial peak, but it also serves as a reminder that they started in the mid-70s and know how to thump ‘n’ grind in a pleasing way that predates hair metal’s dominance. Nothing about the production, lyrics, etc. suggests they’ve listened to metal since the 80s either, and that’s just fine when it’s dished up so sincerely – irony nowhere to be found here. Hell, the song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Handshake” is about an actual handshake and not just a clunky euphemism. It’s endearing to find a band so deeply in love with sweaty, long hair, mainstream (albeit of another era) hard rock. It’s enough to make one let the ill-advised cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” and the goopy 80s Scorpions-like “Ride Into The Sun” slide. Hoodoo plays to the same sensibilities as say White Snake’s Slide It In or the first Montrose album (or really any quality hard Hagar). A bluntly rejuvenating return to form.