|Vanderbuyst is a Dutch Hard Rock band formed in 2008 by guitarist Willem Verbuyst (ex-Powervice). As a power trio they advocate a mix of 70's/80's Hard Rock, Classic Rock and early NWoBHM. Inspired by bands like Rainbow, Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Deep Purple and ZZ Top, Vanderbuyst is not for the ones looking for the latest Nu-Metal and Gothic stuff. However, if you like your Hard Rock old school, Vanderbuyst is your band.
In the last two years this "Dutch Hard Rock Assault" has earned a very good live reputation. On stage, with riffs, solo's, tight jeans, leather jackets and banging heads, Vanderbuyst has all you need to imagine yourself back in the 80's again. The lead vocals and Guild-bass are Jochem Jonkman's job, whose voice might remember one of Phil Lynott. Barry van Esbroek hits the drums including the inevitable Roto-toms and occasionally treats the audience to the not-done though nostalgic drum solo. While guitarist Willem Verbuyst is jumping around on stage like a madman, he keeps on riffing and soloing just the same. All in all, Vanderbuyst is a very energetic live band, even if they play two shows on one day, as they quite often do.
Vanderbuyst's first feat of arms was the 3-track EP ("Vanderbuyst", September 2008),
which was praised in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Besides the classic way of songwriting the authentic sound is striking as well. This is no wonder since the debut was recorded at the well-known VOID-studio in Eindhoven (NL). Pieter G. Kloos mixed and co-produced in cooperation with producer Selim Lemouchi (Powervice, The Devil's Blood).
In the Spring of 2010, Vanderbuyst went back to the same Void Studio to record their first full-length. Again they worked with Pieter G. Kloos, who is admired for his work with The Devil's Blood and Motorpsycho. As no other he knows how to produce that Hard Rock mix that is not yet infected by over-distortion but rather sounds like real valve amps that are about to blow up. On this album the no frill approach, as on the EP, is continued. Sure, the general sound is much bigger and some of the vocal parts are more elaborated than on the EP, but the band still sounds like a loud power trio.