Krokus – Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House of Rust (2014)
Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House of Rust
The End Records, 2014
Perhaps one of the most underappreciated bands in hard rock, Krokus consistently produces quality fresh music embracing a heritage largely ignored by other bands that came to prominence in the 1980s. With seventeen studio albums now behind them, each better than the last and 2013’s Dirty Dynamite one of the best of any band that year, Krokus refuses to rest on past accomplishments. The latest offering to ravenous metal fans is Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House of Rust. While I generally do not like live albums, Krokus does it right with a mixture of old and new, purposely avoiding some of those moderate hits that have already been heard on other live releases.
History has not been erased; the title track comes from 1982’s One Vice at a Time, and there are four tracks from the 1980 Metal Rendez-Vous. However, all but one of the band’s moderate hits are absent: “Midnite Maniac,” “Stayed Awake All Night,” and “Eat the Rich.” Only “Screaming in the Night” makes the cut. In place of the more well known songs are recent cuts, including two full songs from Dirty Dynamite and another two worked into a medley with “Rock City.” 2010’s Hoodoo is represented by “Hoodoo Woman,” as is the title track from 2006’s Hellraiser. It is refreshing to see a band continue to play songs from recent releases, even when not actively promoting those records anymore.
This is the way it should be done. No, Krokus doesn’t have a plethora of hits like Motley Crue or Poison, but all the same the band does not feel the need to use even their minor hits as crutches as they grow older. Krokus continues to make new quality music, something that the Crue struggles with and Poison refuses to do. Krokus is living for today and for tomorrow, while other bands from the era are content to live in the past, robbing fans of the pleasure of hearing something new in the present.
Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House of Rust is a record that should be purchased by die-hard fans of hard rock, and enjoyed at maximum volume. Marc Storace scatters a few curse words here and there, but not as many as you would hear from Bret Michaels or Vince Neil on a live album. The production of the album is perfect, and the performance by the band is spot-on. Vocally, Storace still brings it. One could complain about the songs that are omitted, but that defeats the purpose of continuing to make music in the twenty-first century, especially since those songs are available or prior live releases. Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House of Rust is a perfect addition to the Krokus discography.
1. Long Stick Goes Boom
2. Hallelujah Rock ‘n’ Roll
3. Go Baby Go
4. American Woman
5. Tokyo Nights
7. Rock City / Better Than Sex / Dog Song
8. Screaming In The Night
10. Bedside Radio
11. Easy Rocker
13. Live For The Action
14. Hoodoo Woman