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Die Toten Hosen
July 2001
Released: 2001, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman


Yes, despite the fact that this is on Nuclear Blast, Die Toten Hosen do not play heavy metal.

What? You’re still here? Good! ‘Cause although its not metal, it’s a damn good disc! This is melodic punk the way that it’s supposed to be: loud, angry, catchy, and distorted with pissed off, social/political lyrics. Forget about your Blink-182s or Sum 41s, this is the real shit here!

Having been around for awhile now, DTH are definitely in the “old-school” of the 90s punk acts, looking back to classics like The Clash and The Damned for inspiration, rather than Green Day and Offspring. Like their revered predecessors, DTH take the piss out of just about everything in society as songs like “Man”, “Disneyland” and “Beautiful Day” tear the face off of everything and everyone (including the band themselves). Of course, there’s also the obligatory “rebel” anthem in “Pushed Again”. You also can’t forget the, ahem, less serious songs like “Bonnie & Clyde” or “The Product”. Still, as far as punk goes, these are well crafted and intelligently thought out songs, carrying more metaphor in one song than Billie Jerk could ever think of in his career.

There’s even some variety on the disc in the form of “Big Bad Wolf” which is basically a ballad, including a string section. I dunno, if you’re still reading this you’re probably open-minded enough to understand what the hell I’m talking about, and all I can say is, if you like punk music at all, get this CD!
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