Vanderbuyst is a new hard rock band from the Netherlands, they started in 2008 and released a 3-track EP in fall 2008. Now they present their self-titled full-length debut. The album cover indicates that the band is based in 80's hard rock - and the music confirms that.
The power trio kicks off with To Last Forever and it's like taking a trip back in time. The songs show reminiscences to Thin Lizzy, UFO, Rainbow and Richie Blackmore, a catchy rocker which has an authentic 80's sound. Even if singer JA Jonkman isn't the most talented guy on Earth, he's delivering a strong performance. At Tiger his phrasing is a bit Lynott-ish... A great track, check it out! For Traci Lords they speed up a bit, the riff-based rocker is catchy and will haunt you for days! Guitarist Willem Verbuyst shows his skills one more time in a cool solo, but he isn't overdoing it - just spices up the song. An absolute ear catcher is Stealing Your Thunder! This could have hit the charts back in the days.
The last two songs were recorded live in the studio, something these days is absolutely rare. The first one is a cover version of UFO's Rock Bottom! When I remember the last time I saw Mr. Mogg and his mates playing it live, it was great. But Vanderbuyst offer a powerful version with a fat, authentic 80's sound! I think, UFO would be impressed by the youngsters.
The closer is From Pillar To Post, another up-tempo rocker. A bit like early MSG... Not overly catchy, but after a few spins they will hook you up. Live this one will rock the house!
Fans of hard rock á la Rainbow and UFO should check out the Dutch! Fans of NWoBHM sounds who loved Taurus, Trespass, Blitzkrieg, Tygers Of Pan Tang and Praying Mantis, should give it a try, too. The guys rock! And to get an even more authentic feeling you can get the album not just on CD, a vinyl version will be released as well! So vinyl lovers and 80's hard rock maniacs, October 15th should be a red-letter day in your calendar! That day Vanderbuyst gets in stores!