Krokus - Big Rocks

edited July 29 in year-2017

Cover albums have always left me cold and there's been some appalling examples over the years, maybe this is the worst of its kind.

Krokus - Big Rocks
ARTIST: Krokus
ALBUM: Big Rocks
LABEL: Sony Music/Century Media
SERIAL: 88985385532
YEAR: 2017

LINEUP: Marc Storace - vocals * Fernando Von Arb, Mark Kohler, Mandy Meyer - guitars * Chris Von Rohr - bass * Flavio Mezzodi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 N.I.B. * 02 Tie Your Mother Down * 03 My Generation * 04 Wild Thing * 05 The House Of The Rising Sun * 06 Rockin' In The Free World * 07 Gimme Some Lovin' * 08 Whole Lotta Love * 09 Summertime Blues * 10 Born To Be Wild * 11 Quinn The Eskimo * 12 Jumpin'Jack Flash * 13 Backseat Rock N' Roll

RATING: image


An ongoing theme throughout the career of Krokus has been the inclusion of cover tracks on almost all their albums since 1982's 'One Vice At A Time'. This approach has yielded minor hits over the years, with their versions of tracks like 'American Woman', 'Stayed Awake All Night' and 'Ballroom Blitz', becoming more well-known than their original songs.

This tried and true method has reached its ultimate conclusion with this album of all covers, a seemingly desperate ploy by a band running short of ideas. Cover albums have always left me cold and there's been some appalling examples over the years, including a Molly Hatchet effort a few years back which was an utter disgrace.

Krokus now have the distinction of usurping that particular sham as maybe the worst of its kind, as this truly plumbs the depths of banality and total redundancy.

The Songs

Just a cursory glance at the tracklist reveals all you need to know about this debacle. Have you ever seen a more uninspiring set of songs to cover? It must have taken the band all of a minute to decide upon this collection of stale rock classics.

In fact it must have taken just an hour to record this dirge of colorless sludge. Who in 2017 is frothing at the mouth to hear Krokus cover the likes of 'Wild Thing' or 'Born To Be Wild'? Is this an elaborate gag by the band?

Listening to it is even more painful, as the band goes through the extreme motions with their note for note renditions of songs heard too many times to comprehend. I'm actually shocked they didn't pull a Molly Hatchet and cover songs they've already covered in the past.

There's still room for a pointless cover of their own 'Backseat Rock N Roll' from 'Metal Rendezvous' which is so lackluster it defies all comprehension.

The covers of 'My Generation' and 'Quinn The Eskimo' should come as no surprise either, with both played regularly as part of their live set. It blows the mind they perform these, with such an extensive back catalogue to choose from, yet totally ignore.

Their version of Black Sabbath's 'N.I.B'. is also perplexing, containing just the intro and nothing more, leading into Queen's 'Tie Your Mother Down' which was handled far better by Raven some years back.

The rest is too excruciating to describe and the end result is a feeling of disgust and shame, the latter from actually taking the time to listen to this. As with the Accept live album I fail to see who's buying this.

Even hardcore fans will surely give this a wide berth. I'd buy a copy just for the satisfaction of smashing it to pieces and mailing it to Marc Storace personally.

In Summary

As much as I've always enjoyed Krokus, this just sours my appetite for them to the extent I almost loathe the band now. Having seen them in concert a couple of years back and paying an exorbitant sum for a meagre 60 minute set provided me with an initial distaste for the band. This simply confirms it. If this isn't the death knell for the band then it's hard to imagine them sinking any lower.

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    geoviangeovian Earth Orbit
    Surely there must be a new Krokus album just up around the bend?
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    This hunk of shit is surely the nadir of any band to have ever existed in any shape or form.

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    edited July 23

    Thought this was a parody review when I saw that tracklist. Man, is that a pisstake or what? I can't believe a band actually had the nerve to record such played out old crap. How many times have we joked about such a thing? There's only two things that surprise me about a band doing this inane shit. The first is that it's not Deep Purple who did it first; and the second is that 'The Boys Are Back In Town' or 'Helter Skelter' aren't included on the album. What a school boy error that was, truly unforgivable. Even a 10th rate pub band wouldn't stuff that up on a Saturday night down my local.

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    dtabachndtabachn Buenos Aires, Argentina

    I think another covers album that might rival this one (which I haven't given a single spin so far) is Jorn's last year 'Heavy Rock Radio II - Executing The Classics', one that I mentioned on my 2020 year write-up. It also includes a Quinn The Eskimo version, so you have the picture. At least Jorn covered Deep Purple's Bad Attitude off The House Of Blue Light, a not so usual one

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    gdazegodgdazegod Lostralia

    Some cover albums do work. The excellent Canadian band Toque from 2016 is a good example.

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    edited July 27

    Not a fan at all of covers albums but a couple of good ones that spring to mind though are Jeff Cannata's - My Back Pages and the Tesla - Reel to Reel albums.

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