Krokus

Round 13

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After yet another in a series of near-complete lineup overhauls, Fernando Von Arb and a group of musicians calling themselves Krokus released this nondescript metal throwback on Angel Air in 2000. Titles like "Suck My Guitar," "Gypsy Love," and "Wild Times" would have been scoffed at during the group's Headhunter heyday 17 years previous, which makes their presence curious on Round 13. Unfortunately, old habits are hard to break. Speaking of old habits, no Krokus record would be complete without a note-for-note AC/DC rip-off, and "Witchhunter" fulfills that requirement with a more-than-familiar Highway to Hell-era guitar performance. Vocalist Carl Sentance doesn't ape Bon Scott or Brian Johnson the way that earlier Krokus screamers had, but such mimicry is almost this group's trademark, so the nondescript efforts of Von Arb, Sentance, guitarist Chris Lauper, bassist Many Maurer, and drummer Peter Haas end up sounding like so much '80s truck-commercial rock. A small group of Krokus loyalists still existed at the turn of the century, and this apparently necessitated the making of another dated record from Von Arb and whomever he happened to bump into at the studio, but Round 13 cannot be recommended, even to the most obsessive and misguided Krokus/Von Arb fans.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:15
2
4:30
3
3:51
4
2:58
5
4:49
6
3:54
7
4:43
8
3:58
9
4:15
10
3:16
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