Vinyl Pressing Review

Krokus


Stampede


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on 07.22.2014

Krokus' 1990 rocker "Stampede" got the reissue treatment from Sireena Records, complete with a cover of BTO's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," and you know what? This was a nice change of pace. Nothing perks up an afternoon like some good old-fashioned balls-to-the-wall rock and roll. Recorded before a five-year hiatus, the record is notable for featuring Peter Tanner on vocals, replacing longtime Krokus frontman Marc Storace who had filled that role for the seven previous releases.



Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:

9.50

It's clear that a lot of time was spent on recording this album. You can easily pick out each individual drum hit - which is saying something when you consider the liberal use of double-bass throughout - but it's even more impressive that the guitars, bass, and vocals aren't pushed further down into the mix. A lot of this can be attributed to Sireena's decision to split the 12 track album across two records, but it is also worth noting that Marlon Klein (YES, Atomic Rooster, Mott The Hoople) took the reigns on remastering the work.
 

Pressing Quality:

9.50

The jacket (complete with gatefold) is very sturdy, and the sleeves are standard white poly-lined paper. The records themselves are things of beauty - incredibly sturdy transparent orange with no notable evidence of needle weaving or warping.
 

Vinyl Noise:

8.25

Our copy had some popping at the beginning of side 1, with some intermittent, but relatively quiet popping throughout (two or three times per side over four sides) - honestly, if you weren't trying to catch them you wouldn't notice them at all. There is a pretty distinctive lack of hiss throughout the record, allowing the power of pure Swiss rock to shine through.
 

Overall Artwork:

6.00

Hard rock bands have never been known for their subtlety - and this record screams hard rock the second you look at it. The cover art is faithful to the original release, complete with metallic logo, darkness, flames, and barbed wire (running with the "stampede" theme). There isn't much to the gatefold - just liner notes in large print and a few pictures of the Krok-ers themselves, so that kind of feels like a missed opportunity. It's definitely worth mentioning the records themselves - this neon orange pressing doesn't really mesh with the music (seems like a better fit for a new-wave group) but it is a thing of beauty nonetheless. I don't think there has ever been a pressing that reminded me more of food (Orange Flavor Ice specifically).
 

Overall Extras:

2.00

No MP3 download, no expanded liner notes - aside from the beautiful vinyl and some photos of Krokus circa 1990 this record kind of skimps on the extras.


Reviewed By:
Kasey Bradley

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Total Score

: 3.52

 


Info

Label: Sireena Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 31.99
Pressing Company: Unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 2
Pressing Weight: 180 gram
Color: Translucent orange
Gatefold: Yes
Digital: No
Inner Sleeves:
Poly-lined paper
 







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