Fire And Gasoline (Live)
9/29/2004 - Review by: MetalKnight
KROKUS – “Fire And Gasoline (Live)” (Warner Music)
[2 Audio C.D.s + 1 D.V.D.] - reviewed by: Chris (Metal Knight)
So it was with an understandable hesitation, that I first proceeded to listen to “Fire And Gasoline”, only the 2nd official live release of these veteran Swiss rockers. Thankfully, my fears went unjustified! This is, in fact, quite a creditable live album that can only contribute positively to the band’s longevity.
“Fire And….” is characterized by some memorable bluesy guitar solos and catchy riffs courtesy of Fernando von Arb as well as the powerful but versatile voice of Marc Storace. Actually in certain songs, such as ‘Bad Boys Rag Dolls’, Marc’s voice sounds even better than the original studio versions. This album really seems to capture the band in an inspired moment. Other tracks worth a particular mention are ‘Fire’ (check out Fernando’s solo), the classic ‘Tokyo Nights’ as well as ‘Rock City’.
From the band’s most recent studio release, “Rock The Block”, tracks to have surfaced here are: ‘Mad World’, ‘I Want It All’, title-track ‘Rock The Block’ and ‘Throwing Her China’ (personally I would have omitted ‘Throwing….’). The 16 other tracks are classic Krokus songs, basically covering all main Storace-vox Krokus albums. It would definitely have been a mistake to consider this live just as a promoting vehicle for “RTB”.
The sound is handled competently enough, although sometimes the post-gig mixing is very obvious.
A word is also due about the packaging of this release. The album, a recording of an entire gig done in Montreaux, France, is spread over 2 C.D.s. and also includes a video recording in D.V.D. format of the same gig on the aforementioned C.D.s. This, and the classy digi-pack encasing the discs make this release a worthy reason to part with some hard-earned cash.
Packaging / Sleeve: 9/10
Overall rating: 8/10
Related Websites: www.krokusonline.com (Krokus official site)
www.storace.ch (Marc Storace personal site)
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--Chris (Metal Knight) 09.30.04
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