Style: Hard Rock
Release date: February 26th 2010

Before writing this review I swore to myself not to mention that Australian band whose name has something to do with electric current – probably both I and Marc Storace (Krokus vox) are tired of those never-ending comparisons.

Onto “Hoodoo”… its predecessor, the album seems to fit comfortably alongside the band’s early 1980s “Hardware” sound. Of course very little has changed musically throughout Krokus’ history. This album, in fact, offers another collective of abundant hooks and cathartic solos backed by a compact rhythm section. Vocals tend to be particularly susceptible to the passing of time – this doesn’t seem to be the case of Marc, who sounds as strong and passionate as ever. In short, “Hoodoo” kicks ass big time!

The anthemic ‘Drive It In’ seems designed to shake arenas, ‘Rock n’ Roll Handshake’ evokes visions of heads in their multitudes banging in unison….all tracks are worth listening to. Despite me being well familiar with Mr. Storace’s singing, in ‘Dirty Street’ I was amazed at how much he sounds like Bon Scott, the late A….ooops I nearly mentioned them!!

In ‘Born To be Wild’ Krokus have recorded an inexpensive cover (copyright has probably expired meaning the band could do without requesting Steppenwolf permission to record it) but it’s much more convincing than ‘School’s Out’, the Alice Cooper cover Krokus had recorded for their “Change Of Address” album. ‘Ride Into The Sun’, the album’s only mellow song is reminiscent of ‘Winning Man’ and yearns for a blistering climax that, somehow, never arrives.

But that’s only a minor gripe in what is a thoroughly enjoyable release. Every effort seems to have been made to make “Hoodoo” the quintessential Krokus album. Indeed the line-up is the same as their “One Vice At A Time” album of 1982 and is widely regarded as the band’s ‘classic’ line-up. Not only that but the band’s bassist, Chris von Rohr, produced “Hoodoo” and Jürg Naegeli - who had played bass and, occasionally, keyboards with Krokus - engineered the album. Sound-wise, in fact, it’s pretty much flawless.

So what on earth is the title “Hoodoo” supposed to mean? After having spent the last few days unable to listen to anything else, I still don’t give a damn.

01. Drive it In
02. Hoodoo Woman
03. Born To Be Free
04. Rock 'n' Roll Handshake
05. Ride Into the Sun
06. Too Hot
07. In My Blood
08. Dirty Street
09. Keep Me Rolling
10. Shot of Love
11. Firestar
Label: Sony Music
Distribution: Sony Music
Reviewed by: Chris Galea
Date: June 24th 2010