Good lawdy, Miss Clawdy! After a long period of dormancy, Krokus is up and at ‘em, loudly saluting the forefathers of rock, rhythm, and blues with Hoodoo. The resurrected band is comprised of the Headhunter lineup minus one head, drummer Steve Pace. In his place at the drum throne sits veteran Krokusian Freddy Steady. Like musical evolution with a back to basics approach, Hoodoo is an impressive comeback with only a few flat spots along the 12-track ride. While the band drew innumerable comparisons to Bon Scott era AC/DC in the past, those similarities are even more evident on this album. Of course, this ain’t a bad thing. “Drive it In” is a Zeppelin-esque, boogie-woogie tale, about rock and roll night life, complete with strippers sliding up and down the pole, where singer Marc Storace uses the somewhat forward pickup line, “Let’s drive it in.” KILLER SONG! The cover of “Born to be Wild,” however, would have been better if covered by cat litter and scratched from the track list. Perhaps a newbie or a more subjective fan (or a “nose-up-the-band’s-ass” critic) would say otherwise.
The beautifully dark, “Ride into the Sun,” is tastefully cut from the same sonic fabric as “Screaming in the Night,” and more like vintage Krokus than any other song on the album. Like a lustily conceived “Girls Got Rhythm” and “Midnight Maniac” lovechild, “Keep Me Rollin” will rock you like the metal-loving bitch that you are. “Shot of Love” is a dirty ditty about getting straight to the rodwork, leaving out the “let’s get to know each other” jive. Guitarists Fernando von Arb and Mark Kohler really show up on the fast and furious “Firestar," all the more evidence that Krokus is really back to rock.