• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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  • Zakk Wylde - BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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  • Dream Theater - THE ASTONISHING

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    So, Dream Theater is back with a release that many are calling their most in-depth, and yet polarizing release. Fair enough. With 34 tracks and clocking in at over two hours in length, it’s certainly the most challenging on a listener to fully grasp and comprehend. Along with THE ASTONISHING, you are expected to read the book of lyrics

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  • Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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There's been several incarnations of Krokus, at least as I hear it. There's been multiple versions of the band, so much so that I think that there hasn't been a single member that's been along for the entire ride of the band. They have had a metal period, a hard rock period, a hair metal period, and a blues rock (spelled AC/DC) period. While they have had some really bad albums from time to time though, they have never fully lost their edge or their ability to be, ultimately, a solid band. On the heals of their highly successful album HOODOO, Krokus has taken the more blues rock sound from that album and furthered it with their latest, DIRTY DYNAMITE. While certainly not the best thing they've ever done, DIRTY DYNAMITE is a fun, bluesy album chock full of solid songs. While it's almost certainly not going to attract any new audience, it's definitely not going to push anyone that's been following along away.

Krokus is one of those bands that, I think, you really have had to make the whole journey with to fully get. Without question, if all you know of the band is "Stayed Awake All Night" or "Midnight Maniac", you are almost certain to be let down by DIRTY DYNAMITE. But if you've been there with the band throughout their long career, then you will get it. DIRTY DYNAMITE finds the band older, more mature, and yet still having the desire to rock as hard as old man can. In so many ways, DIRTY DYNAMITE feels like an AC/DC album. Listening to songs like "Better Than Sex", the groove and the vocals on the song are near clones of anything AC/DC has done since THE RAZOR'S EDGE. Vocalist Marc Storace has a lot of Bon Scott being channeled through his voice these days. He's no longer screaming at all like in the old days. Instead, he's got a more throaty, deeper sound to his voice that works with the more mid-tempoed rock the band is now creating. Hearing him on songs like "Go Baby Go" or "Help" proves that he still has a lot to offer, even if it isn't what he was known for in the past.

Storace is not the lone member of the band making impact here though. Guitarists Fernando Von Arb and returning guitarist Mandy Meyer don't bring anything like you might expect from guys that used to shred, but their sound is fat and arena-like. Songs like "Dog Song" are just old school guitar rockers that will have your head banging or your toes tapping. Is it "Eat The Rich"? Nope, but that's just not what this band is doing anymore.

PITRIFF RATING - 78/100 - This is definitely not classic material from Krokus, but it's fun and enjoyable rock music. The band sounds good; surprisingly good for a band that debuted in 1976. DIRTY DYNAMITE is well worth seeking out if you are a fan of old school rock music.

Chris Akin

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