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The Dutchmen
Threat Records

Rating: 6/10 ?

March 11, 2005
Sometimes there are CDs that you shudder at before you review. The packaging might look cheap, or the artwork is poorly done, or the songs have titles like, "Crap Machine (A Tribute to John Boy)," and so on.

On the surface, the Dutchmen's newest release, Bloodthirsty, has all the makings to be one of those scary, wasteful ventures. The front cover of the album is four cartoon pirates on a white backdrop. The back cover shows a pirate ship, and the band name in a drawing that looks like a cheap tattoo on the bicep of a 40-year-old biker.

But the clincher is featured in the 'thank you' section, where it says, "…and most importantly…the '85 Super Bowl Champions, the Chicago Bears." I'm from Chicago too, and this is something that I would never feel compelled to include in the thank you list of my band's first full length record …although maybe these guys all met at some Super Bowl party or something like that. Seriously though, how about a traditional rock 'n' roll big up to God, your mom and dad, or some chick that you knocked up?

Regardless, the substance of this band lies in their compositions and not their visual artistic value or their gratitude choices. That consists of a lot of influence from the past - a musical vision back to days when those Bears were actually a powerhouse under Ditka's iron fist.

The first song is an indicator of what's at hand: ACDC styled short-cuffed riffs, Van Halen thumping drums and bass, and a growling vocal style similar to Youth of Killing Joke. The lead track, "Hood and Glasses," actually sounds as if the Dutchmen took ACDC's "Hells Bells" and replaced the chorus yell of "HELLS BELLS!" with "BANG, BANG!"

When you get the idea of creative sampling out of your head and advance to the second, titular track, you can hear that the band gets their own solid hard rock groove rolling. Still at the helm are planted drum patterns, but there are more accentuations off the beat and more riffs that turn into unison bass/guitar full scale jams.

The remainder of Bloodthirsty is a nod to the classic rock gods; 40 minutes of full-octane, beer-chugging, aggressive, distorted sound. If this is the dawn of pirate rock, then consider the Dutchmen its forefathers (Yar).

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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