The Dutch punk band De Dood will release their first album ‘The Titelloze Eerste’ at September 25th, 2015. This 3-piece band from Schiedam plays, like they say: “a combination of weird (Dutch) lyrics and tight riffs that results in a macabre atmosphere”. Let’s find out if they are right!
When the first song ‘Roadkill’ starts, I’m positive surprised and I have the idea that I’m listening to a mix of Peter Pan Speedrock and De Raggende Manne. It’s fast, it’s raw, it’s heavy and I would like to have another 13 songs of this. I get what I asked for, but unfortunately I also get some weird, slow and noisy parts in the songs. That’s a bit pity, because it takes away the speed and rawness of the album. Because the best parts of the album are mainly the fast up-tempo songs, with the catchy guitar riffs.
The sound of the lead guitar is great and the most riffs are giving the album a little bit a metal touch, but the punk sound and the anarchy attitude is certainly leading. The vocals is raw and aggressive and at other moments clean and fast. A good balance. The lyrics are (of course) in Dutch and are very funny to listen to, especially in the song ‘Molen Vol Mongolen’. So for me as a Dutchman it’s nice to listen to those Dutch lyrics, but I have really now idea how it is if you listen to this music without knowing the meaning of the lyrics.
My conclusion is that this is a good debut punk album, but with some place for improvement. When they skip the weird slow parts and focus on the fast and catchy songs, their next album would be a killer. Besides that I don’t think I would listen ‘for fun’ to this album again, but I would love to see this guys play live! I think they are doing best on a stage in a crowdy room, with beer flying around.
Score: 6.9/10 ★★★☆☆
2. In de aap gelogeerd
3. Molen vol Mongolen
4. Onraad in Pernis
5. Leuk hè zo’n strandwandeling
6. Als ik Al Pacino was
10. ‘t Paard van Vlaardingen
11. Wat ben je dom
13. Hondenuitlaatservice Waffen SS
14. Zomaar zonder reden mensen in elkaar slaan