This is a confession.
When I was in my early teens I loved hard rock. Every week I’d listen to VARA’s Vuurwerk, a popular Dutch radio-show that only played metal and hard rock. I wanted to grow my hair, have high boots, tight (broken or worn out) black jeans and shirts with scary skulls. I banged my short cut head on Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Europe and some other well groomed guys, dreaming of long curls and patched jeans jackets.
But it is a long time since 1988 and I have fallen out of touch with the Monsters Of Rock, patches and dreams of laced leather pants. Since then I have acquired a taste in noise rock, Lofi, indie rock and other outskirts of the pop music spectrum, the only things left still revealing my early love for headbangersball is the length of my hair and my (always black and slightly too) tight jeans. The rest has faded. Faded, but not gone.
Sometimes a band passes by that relights that old flame. Vanderbuyst is such a band. With their third album in as many years this trio hailing from the Netherlands brings hard rock as I like it best. Bombastic, melodic but most of all a little dirty. Images of Thin Lizzy, early Iron Maiden, Van Halen, The Scorpions (before the softy hit) and maybe even Anthrax flash by whilst listening to Flying Dutchmen.
Hard rock in its purest form, but without that feeling of “hinter years”. The Flying Dutchmen is a blast from the past in modern coating, using modern technology to revive the genre. Without overdoing it, the trio has used the studio to create a fuller and more evolved sound. The end result brings hard rock to this era on a technological level. But also has everything one can wish for, doubled guitar lines, solos bathing in echo and all supported by an ongoing locomotive in the rhythm-section. Even the only weakness of Vanderbuyst, the somewhat forced vocals, sounds strong on Flying Dutchmen. A few years ago the trio decided to set everything else aside for the band. Playing two-three shows a day if possible, they’ve been giving it all to make it happen. Shows so convincing that Vanderbuyst gets to return everywhere, every time for a bigger audience. On the brim of making it happen, this record with only songs that can compete with the hard rock hits of the 1980s will be the last push to make that dream that they’ve been working so hard for reality.