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Heideroosjes

Heideroosjes: Royal to the BoneRoyal to the Bone (2006)
I Scream Records

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Holland's best kept secret, Heideroosjes have written a solid and cohesive record with rousing sing-alongs and hard-hitting riffs that dominate the 40-minute duration, and if nothing else, credit must be given for the band not losing a bit of intensity towards the end when some of the songs seem to .
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Holland's best kept secret, Heideroosjes have written a solid and cohesive record with rousing sing-alongs and hard-hitting riffs that dominate the 40-minute duration, and if nothing else, credit must be given for the band not losing a bit of intensity towards the end when some of the songs seem to run a bit together.

One-trick-pony or not, that one trick stays relatively solid throughout, and if diversity in a punk album isn't at the top of your list of priorities, there's no reason the shouts of "Call us what you want, united scum! / Can't bring us down, untitled scum!" won't have you singing along with them. Ridiculous as those lyrics are, nothing Shakespearean is to be expected from this type of act, so it suits them just fine.

More important than the lyrics though, are the basis of the songs, because that's where the band is really able to show what they can do. As previously mentioned, I'd be remiss to say it's groundbreaking, but the tunes they carry are fluid and full of vigor. Even during the slower moments, like during "Sinema," where only a quick drum beat and some low-tuned guitar move the song along, you can feel the energy in the record just waiting to explode. "We're All Fucked Up" begins slowly, but the rousing, albeit simplistic chorus, takes it up a few notches and it never comes back down. Representative of much of the songs to be found, the momentum is slow to build, but unstoppable when it really gets moving.

And maybe, that's a problem too.

While that momentum does provide some truly invigorating moments, it also provides a sense of complacency. Once the band gets moving, they don't do much at all to tinker with the formula, instead opting to rattle off song after song in the exact same vein as the one before it. The band's gift is their curse.

Regardless of a few miscues, Heideroosjes have overall delivered a whopping 16 tracks of scrappy punk rock, and for some that will be more than enough to satisfy.

 

 
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dreux (December 3, 2006)

Score is for I Against I.

Anonymous (December 2, 2006)

the lyrics from the link 3 below is hilarious.

BuddyHolly (December 2, 2006)

They collected their worsed songs for this record. They've got so much better songs (although all of their lyrics suck).

And yes... I Against I IS Holland's best kept secret.

Mute98 (December 2, 2006)

oh yeah,, this cd isnt a real album, its more like a greatest hits for their debut US cd

threechordsandthetruth (December 1, 2006)

I reviewed this a few months back, there's some much worse lyrics than the ones quoted here:

http://www.scenepointblank.com/reviews/957

Anonymous (December 1, 2006)

Holland's best kept secret is BAMBIX for me!

GlassPipeMurder (December 1, 2006)

i have this but haven't listened to it yet.

the score is for the first comment about I Against I. awesome band.

Osloboditelj (December 1, 2006)

The Ex are by far the best band from around here. These guys are amusing live, but really not very good on record.

wyzo (December 1, 2006)

Yeah, how the hell can Epitaph sign The Matches, and Matchbook Romance, and Match City SoundMatch and I had to track down I against I's last non-epitaph releases, had to get their epitaph LP by sheer luck, and Undeclinable's Sound City I had to find online.

Then again, speaking of dutch neglect, All of Funeral Oration's pre-Hopeless stuff is impossible to find (thank you to soulseek for changing that), and for me, the discography hopeless put out was a wonderful gesture, but so much was left out.

wyzo

Anonymous (December 1, 2006)

nah the Undeclinables (previously known as Undeclinable and Undeclinable Ambuscade) are. One for the Money and Sound City Burning are some of Epitaphs best releases. I never could understand why Sound City Burning was Europe only considering some of the shit the Epitaph started peddling worldwide around that time.

TahoeJeff (December 1, 2006)

I always thought that I Against I was Holland's best kept secret.

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