Yep, I love discovering new bands myself, looking for new stuff here and there... often a lot of bullshits but sometimes I fall on pure gems and DIE DORKS are of of them - I had never heard of them before so my surprise was even bigger when i first heard the opening song "Die Maschine Von Morgen" with its kinda Techno-Thrash vibes (reminiscent of bands like HOLY MOSES - especially "The New Machine Of Lichstentein" album or DESPAIR and their fantastic "History of Hate" album) .. but DIE DORKS are MUCH MORE than this and their style combines alot of various influences & genres - like Punk, Heavy-Metal, Thrash-Metal, Hard-Core - but in the end, the result is always coherent & catchy ... I must add this is not an easy record to get in - it's musically composed in a complex way which make the first listenings disconcerting and it takes a while to really catch its substantive marrow and understand all those diverse elements that makes its richness... But I confess, since I got THIS, I just can't prevent myself from listening to it and it is in continuous rotation here, it has become an addiction !
The album is nearly 70 minutes long, and I appreciate every second, not a boring moment because the titles are always composed in a varied way and they always have an idea, a break, a tempo-change to surprise... acoustic, melodic parts or breaks, like some with twin-guitars à la Iron Maiden (Yes - surprising I tell you!), some with "funky" touches, some more "progressive" ... It's like kinda prog-thrash metal with a PUNK attitude - strange mix but it works very well !
The other very interesting aspect of DIE DORKS are the lyrics which are all well thought out socially critical texts - of rare depth and accuracy, they're about independent thinking, mass-consumption, environmental protection, human's superficiality, tolerance, equality... and are very well highlighted by Lizal's distinct voice. I can recommend you to immerse yourself in the lyrics, and if you don't understand German too much (Yes, all the texts are in German, then forget about RAMMSTEIN and TOKIO HOTEL, the german scene has MUCH BETTER to offer !), this is a good way to learn ha !
Among the songs that hook me the most, I can mention "Die Maschine Von Morgen", "Freaks Ohne Namen" (probably the most "punkish" one of the record !), "Die Zeit" (more "progressive" but catchy as fuck !), "Der Imaginäre Widerstand", the slowest song of the album with an awesome intro and again, a deep message in ("Befreie Dich !"/"Free Yourself !") .. and Lizal's voice here is just incredible - that song gives me goosebumps ! Oh well, a special mention to "Ob Ich Morgen Noch Bin" - a song of deep meaning and emotion dealing with self-confidence and courage.. Goosebumps AGAIN !!!
... and I feel a bit mandatory to mention "Jobcenter".. which musically is a cover song of JUDAS PRIEST's "Jawbreaker" with a different text on which TANKARD's singer Gerre appears and you know the guy, he nails it for sure !
Damn... if you haven't understand this album is a MUST-HAVE, there's nothing I can do for you - BUY & SUPPORT DIE DORKS !
Born 1969, grew up with the NWOBHM sounds, musically educated with cult french magazines that were ENFER and METAL ATTACK, definitely nailed to the style when "The Number Of The Beast" by IRON MAIDEN was released... From 1982, it was clear life would never be the same ! Young & getting wild to the HEAVY sounds of SAXON, VENOM, BLACK SABBATH, MOTORHEAD, Young Fab also discovered thanks to school mates the NOISE, FILTH & FURY of Hard-Core/Punk bands like G.B.H, DISCHARGE, BROKEN BONES but also CRO-MAGS, BAD BRAINS, FUGAZI... and later on, through the 90's, everything that was ALTERNATIVE, EXPERIMENTAL, GRUNGE, INDUSTRIAL (SONIC YOUTH, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS)... Passion & curiosity grew up as years went by ... Fate was SEALED... no turning back ! No Music = No Life !